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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Understanding Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint

    States have different laws regarding driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints. Many states have passed implied consent laws, which prevent people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol from refusing to take blood, breath, or urine tests to determine blood alcohol content (BAC). Ohio is no different. In a DUI checkpoint, an officer will stop your car and ask you a few ...
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  • What If I Am Arrested for Marijuana Drug Possession but Have a Medical Card?

    According to Ohio law, recreational marijuana use is still illegal, although people who have a medical marijuana card will be able to possess a small amount of the substance for treatment. These laws are extremely new, however. Medical marijuana use only became legalized in September of 2016. Likewise, dispensaries should be open by September 2018. Until the laws have been finalized, the Ohio ...
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  • Misdemeanor vs Felony Drug Crimes

    While criminal justice reform has transitioned much of the nation’s approach away from draconian laws and sentences that favored harsh punishment over rehabilitation in drug crime cases, there are still very real consequences to being charged with a drug crime. This is especially true when there are aggravating circumstances in a case, such as prior convictions, or when crimes rise to the level of ...
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  • When is a DUI a Felony?

    Driving under the influence (DUI), known as Operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) in Ohio is a serious criminal offense that poses substantial short- and long-term consequences to those who are convicted. While any DUI / OVI offense can result in fines, imprisonment, a criminal record, driver’s license suspension, probation, and other penalties, there are certain situations where drivers can face ...
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  • 3 Ways to Avoid a DUI on St. Patrick's Day

    While St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, started as a religious celebration of the patron saint of Ireland in the early 17 th century, it has since become a slightly more secular celebration of the Emerald Isle and Irish culture in general. In North America, people have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day since the late 18 th century, which includes parades, religious observances, wearing ...
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  • When Does a DUI Become a Felony in Ohio?

    In Ohio, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more can lead to a charge of driving under the influence ( DUI ) or operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). If you’ve never been accused of an OVI, you may not know that most first-time OVI charges are misdemeanors. These offenses carry significantly fewer or less severe punishments than felonies. For example, for a first-time ...
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