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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Can I Expunge My Ohio Drug Crime Conviction?


A drug crime conviction on your record can negatively affect your life in a number of ways. From preventing you from getting certain types of jobs to affecting your ability to further your education, a drug crime conviction is no joke. Therefore, if you've already been convicted of a drug crime, it is in your best interests to try to remove it from your record. The process of removing a drug charge from one's record in Ohio is called expungement. Expungement is available to individuals convicted of certain crimes, including some drug crimes.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Facts About Medical Marijuana Use and Driving in Ohio


Regardless of one's opinion on the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio, there is no doubt that it is a polarizing issue. In addition, it is indisputable that this change has created confusion regarding its effect on other aspects of the law in Ohio. One major issue that has arisen is the effect of Ohio's medical marijuana laws on its driving laws. In light of this recent change, below is an overview of medical marijuana use and driving in Ohio. 

Can I drive in Ohio after using medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, although legal, is a mind-altering substance that may affect an individual's ability to drive.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

How Are Drug Charges Determined in Ohio?


A drug crime conviction in Ohio can have severe consequences, including fines and prison time. However, under Ohio law, not all drug crimes are charged equally. 

What Determines How a Drug Charge Is Charged?

In fact, there are several factors that determine how a particular drug crime is charged, including:

  • Type of drug
  • Amount of drug
  • Intent of the defendant
  • Age of the defendant

If you are facing drug charges in Ohio, please review the summary of each of these factors below and contact our Ohio criminal defense attorney to begin planning your defense.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Can I Expunge My Criminal Record in Ohio?


If you've been convicted of a crime, then you’re probably aware of the many ways in which a criminal record can affect your life. From difficulty obtaining a job to problems finding suitable housing, a criminal record is something to be avoided at all costs. Luckily, Ohio law permits people who've been convicted of certain crimes to expunge their records. If you have been convicted of a crime in Ohio, please review the information below, and contact one our


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Fighting a Solicitation Charge in Ohio


A solicitation charge in Ohio can have several negative effects on your life. A criminal record and a tarnished reputation are but a few of the consequences that those convicted of solicitation may face. Therefore, if you've been charged with solicitation in Ohio, it is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Defending Against Sexual Assault Allegations in Ohio


Sexual assault allegations can be life changing. If convicted of a sex crime, you face potential imprisonment and mandatory registration in Ohio’s sex offender registry. Therefore, if you have been accused of sexual assault in Ohio, you need the assistance of an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney. An Ohio sex crimes attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the most effective defense possible. Below are some common defenses to sexual assault in Ohio.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Which Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration in Ohio?


One consequence of certain sex crime convictions in Ohio is mandatory registration in the state's sex offender registry. Ohio’s sex offender registry includes information such as offenders' names, addresses, and crimes. For the purpose of registration, Ohio classifies sex offenders under the following tiers:

  • Tier one offenders must register annually for 15 years. 
  • Tier two offenders must register every six months for 25 years. Tier three offenders must register every 90 days for life.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney in Ohio


If you’ve been charged with a crime in Ohio, you need the help of an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney. However, with so many attorneys out there, it can be difficult to determine who to choose. In order to help you get started, we’ve compiled some useful tips below.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

I've Been Charged with a DUI in Ohio. Now What?


When you’ve been charged with a DUI, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Fear, anger, anxiety, and stress are but a few of the many emotions people deal with when facing the prospects of a permanent criminal record, hefty fines, and possible jail time. Luckily, there are steps you can take following a DUI arrest that will greatly improve your chances of a successful outcome. Below are some tips on what to do when you’ve been charged with a DUI in Ohio. 

Hire a DUI lawyer 


If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney to handle your case.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

What is Resisting Arrest?


A person can be charged with resisting arrest when he or she interferes with a lawful arrest executed  by a law enforcement officer. Resisting arrest can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. Below is an overview of the crime of resisting arrest in Ohio. 

How is a resisting arrest charge proven?


In order for a defendant to be convicted of resisting arrest in Ohio, the prosecutor must demonstrate the following: 

The arrest was lawful – In order for an arrest to be lawful, the arresting officer must inform the defendant that he or she is being arrested. 
The defendant interfered with the arrest – After being informed that he or she is under arrest, the defendant must try to prevent the arrest in some way.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

About DUI Checkpoints in Ohio


A DUI checkpoint is a place on the road where police stop traffic and examine drivers for sobriety. If a police officer suspects that a stopped driver is intoxicated, then the officer typically asks the driver to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Below is some helpful information about DUI checkpoints in Ohio.

Are DUI checkpoints legal?

The United States Supreme Court has upheld the legality of DUI checkpoints. However, they must adhere to certain requirements.
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