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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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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Can I Lose My Rights After a Felony Conviction in Ohio?

A felony conviction can harm you in a number of ways, one of which is the loss of certain rights. In fact, Ohio felons can lose rights under both state and federal law. Below are some ways in which a felony conviction in Ohio can affect your rights.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sex Offender Registration in Ohio

After a person is convicted of a sex crime in Ohio, he or she must register as a sex offender.   However, sex offender registration requirements vary depending on the severity of the crime. Below are some additional details on sex offender registration in Ohio.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

An Overview of Aggravated and Felony Murder in Ohio

Homicide is the act of killing another human being. In Ohio, the most serious type of homicide is referred to as aggravated murder. Aggravated murder, which is also called first-degree murder, is considered to be the most serious type of homicide due to the planning and intent involved in its commission. In other words, aggravated murder is planned by the perpetrator and then intentionally carried out. In addition, one may be charged with aggravated murder even without premeditation if the victim belongs to one of several statutorily defined categories.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

An Overview of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Ohio

In Ohio, possession of a controlled substance is defined as knowingly possessing, obtaining, or using a controlled substance. Controlled substances can include medications without prescriptions, prescribed medications, certain chemicals, street drugs, and natural substances. Below is an overview of this crime in Ohio.

What is possession?

One must have actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance in order to be charged with possession of a controlled substance in Ohio.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Divorce in Your Golden Years

Why might some senior couples benefit from a collaborative divorce?

Today, more couples over the age of 55 are finding themselves in the midst of divorce. The phenomenon, known as “gray divorce,” could stem from several factors, including the aging of the American population, increasing lifespans, and a general decreased focus on the importance of marriage. In fact, according to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, divorce rates among those over the age of 55 have doubled since the 1990s. Our

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Divorce and Children: Things to Consider

Divorce impacts every member of the family—children in particular. It is for this reason that divorce should always be approached with the best interests of children in mind. Unfortunately, however, parents are sometimes so focused on the divorce itself that their children become an afterthought. Below are some things to consider when going through a

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Teens in Trouble: Why You Need a Juvenile Law Attorney

Q: Should I hire a lawyer if my minor child is arrested?

Kids will be kids, they say. And for many, the road from childhood to adulthood may have bumps and unexpected turns that lead to frightening places. Like the back of a police car.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Importance of Silence When Charged With a Crime

Q: Is it okay to answer police questions after being arrested?

If Ohio criminal defense attorneys could tell those arrested one piece of critical advice, it would likely be not to make any statements before talking to an attorney.

Unfortunately, the understandable shock, fear, and anxiety upon being arrested often causes people to make statements to police prior to having legal representation. People may think they can just talk their way out of a bad situation—that if they just explain what happened, they can just go home and forget the whole nightmare.

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