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Criminal Defense Blog

Coronavirus: Legal Consequences for Defying Shutdown

In the wake of the recent orders banning mass gatherings, prohibiting in-person food and beverage consumption, and closing recreation centers in Ohio, it’s useful to consider the ramifications should an individual or business defy these orders. Background on the Orders Limiting/Prohibiting Mass Gatherings, Food and Beverage Sales, and Fitness Facilities in Ohio Amid growing concerns […]

A new study shows that body cams get mixed results

Advocates initially pitched the idea of law enforcement wearing body cams, also known as body worn cameras or BWC, as a great way to increase accountability among our law enforcement personnel. The logic was that greater accountability would lead to stronger bonds between communities and the law enforcement officers who serve them. As this is […]

Could you get an OVI in Ohio for using CBD?

Although CBD products are advertised as being very low in THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you high, it’s the Wild West when it comes to regulation. That means the CBD oil you bought could contain more THC than you expected. It might be enough to be detectable in a blood or urine test […]

Can I be charged with a drunk driving offense for sleeping in my car?

You leave the bar after a few post-work drinks with friends. After walking across the parking lot, you think, “Maybe I shouldn’t drive home quite yet.” So, you decide to sleep in your car for a while until you have sobered up. Nothing illegal about that, right? Many people think they are in the clear […]

Multiple OVIs/DUIs: What changes after a first conviction?

Everybody makes mistakes in life. In most circumstances, the person can apologize, make changes and leave their mistake behind them. For people who have prior OVI/DUI convictions, that first mistake can haunt them for years. If you or a loved one already has prior convictions for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI), you need to […]

Can I get a DUI/OVI for driving for using prescription drugs?

Prescription drug use is on the rise across Ohio. One unfortunate side effect of more people using legal drugs is the increase in the number of people who are driving under the influence of said drugs. Law enforcement is now pulling over more innocent drivers for allegedly driving under the influence of their prescribed prescription […]

Child pornography allegations in the age of social media

Many parents and grandparents are using social media to post pictures of their children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, photos of your loved ones may be flagged by social networks as child pornography. Even worse, the innocent images that you post on the internet or save to your devices could lead to criminal charges. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube […]

How can you defend your rights if you are charged with solicitation?

Allegations of soliciting a prostitute can damage your reputation and may lead to serious criminal charges. These charges commonly arise because a person was caught in a sting operation run by law enforcement. No matter the circumstances that caused you to receive your solicitation charges, you have civil rights that police officers may have infringed […]

Protecting your reputation if you are falsely accused of child molestation

In the criminal justice system, individuals accused of committing crimes are innocent unless proven guilty. That being said, the court of public opinion may not examine the evidence before passing judgment. For those who are falsely accused of child molestation, rumors and innuendo related to the accusations can damage their reputation. If you are falsely […]

What you need to know about Title IX hearings

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex at educational institutions that receive federal funding. While the goal of ending discrimination is admirable, Title IX hearings concerning sexual harassment or assault can be problematic for the accused student. Here we will explain what […]