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Friday, July 17, 2020

Should I Accept a Plea Bargain in Ohio?

If you've been charged with a crime in Ohio, you have many important decisions to make. One such decision is whether to take your case to trial. Some criminal defendants, in order to avoid trial, accept a plea bargain. A plea bargain allows a criminal defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid possible conviction at trial of a more serious charge. In order to determine whether to accept a plea bargain, it's important for you to understand how plea bargains work in Ohio.
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Friday, June 19, 2020

What's the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and Felony in Ohio?

If you've been arrested in Ohio, it's important that you understand the difference between a misdemeanor and felony. Misdemeanors and felonies carry different punishments, all of which can be serious. Both misdemeanors and felonies can result in incarceration and fines, and both can negatively impact your life. Therefore, whether you're facing a misdemeanor or felony charge in Ohio, you should contact an

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Common Ohio Divorce Questions

For most people, the prospect of getting a divorce is daunting. Family, financial, and legal concerns often leave prospective divorcees unsure of where to turn or what to do. Unfortunately, it is this fear of the unknown that keeps many people stuck in unhappy marriages. If your marriage is broken beyond repair, you shouldn't let your unfamiliarity with the divorce process hold you back from moving on with your life. Below are answers to some common Ohio divorce questions.
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Monday, April 13, 2020

What Happens to the House in an Ohio Divorce?

In Ohio, all property acquired by a couple during marriage is subject to division in a divorce—including the house. Ohio is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts in Ohio attempt to divide marital property evenly between the spouses. However, if equal division would be inequitable, the court will examine the following factors to arrive at an equitable result:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The assets and liabilities of the spouses
  • The liquidity of the property
  • The tax consequences to each spouse
  • The economic desirability of leaving an asset intact
  • Any other factor that the court finds to be relevant

The family home is often the most significant asset a couple acquires during marriage. The equity in the family home, which is the difference between what is owed on the mortgage and the home's market value, is marital property that is subject to a 50/50 split. However, depending on the circumstances, one spouse sometimes keeps the family home.
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Friday, March 6, 2020

An Overview of Gun Crimes in Ohio

Ohio takes gun crimes seriously. In addition to a permanent criminal record, a gun crime conviction in Ohio can result in incarceration, fines, and other penalties. Therefore, if you've been charged with a gun crime in Ohio, it's imperative that you fight your charges with the help of an Ohio criminal defense attorney.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

How to Choose the Right Ohio Divorce Attorney

Attempting to navigate the divorce process without an attorney is like traveling without a roadmap; there's no telling where you may end up. Therefore, if you are seeking a divorce in Ohio, you need an experienced Ohio divorce attorney in your corner. But with so many divorce attorneys out there, how do you choose the right one? In order to help you with your decision, below are some things you can do to ensure that you choose the right attorney for your case.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Divorce with Children in Ohio

Divorce is tough—especially when there are children involved. Therefore, parents going through a divorce should always keep the best interests of their children in mind. Unfortunately, however, parents sometimes get so caught up in the divorce process that their children’s feelings and well-being are ignored. If you are a parent who is contemplating a divorce in Ohio, below are some things to consider as you begin the process. For additional information, please contact an Read more . . .

Friday, December 6, 2019

Here's Why You Should Consider Fighting Your Criminal Charges in Ohio

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Ohio, you have several important things to consider. For example, you need to evaluate the likelihood that your case will go to trial, the advantages and disadvantages of a plea bargain, and the possibility of receiving a lenient sentence if you plead guilty. The decision of whether to plead guilty or to fight your charges is huge, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. In many cases, fighting your charges with a team of experienced Read more . . .

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

About “Wet Reckless” Charges in Ohio

Most people understand that the police aggressively enforce drunk driving laws. In addition, most people are familiar with the crime of driving under the influence (“DUI”), which is called operating a vehicle impaired (“OVI”) in Ohio. Lesser known, however, is the crime known as a “wet reckless,” which can be a way to avoid a DUI/OVI conviction. If you are facing charges for drinking and driving in Ohio, please review the information below, and contact a Read more . . .

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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