Criminal Defense

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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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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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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