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  • How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Affected Car Accidents Rates

    Recent years have seen an increase in the number of states legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, as well as decriminalizing possession of pot under certain circumstances – such as when individuals possess a small amount for personal use. While these new laws have been hailed as victories in spite of America’s infamous War on Drugs, they have also introduced new concerns to ...
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  • What’s the Difference Between a DUI and a Wet Reckless?

    A wet reckless is a reduced plea deal for drivers charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Instead of pleading guilty to a DUI , a driver may plead to a wet reckless and evade the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction. A wet reckless plea agreement can reduce the amount of points on your license, keep you out of jail, and minimize the fines you are required to pay. While some states ...
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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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  • Do I Have to Talk to the Police During a Traffic Stop?

    Being pulled over for any reason can be a stressful experience. Whether or not you have anything to hide, a routine stop can quickly go south if the law enforcement officer suspects that you have committed or are currently committing a crime. In this situation, it is extremely important that you are aware of your rights. Sometimes, drivers are not treated fairly or legally by law enforcement, ...
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  • Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence Charges

    Domestic violence is a serious offense that comes with severe consequences that could follow you around for life. If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence in Dayton, you should immediately retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows what it takes to protect you. What is Domestic Violence? According to Ohio Rev. Code Ann., §2919.25 , domestic violence involves knowingly ...
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  • Here's What You Should Know About Internet Crimes

    As the world grows increasingly interconnected through computers, the number of people accused of committing internet-related crimes has also grown. These crimes are aggressively prosecuted and harshly punished, which is why it is imperative that you get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been accused of a crime involving computers. If you are facing criminal ...
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  • What's The Difference Between Theft, Robbery, And Burglary?

    Theft, robbery, and burglary sound like the same idea, but they are different crimes. Theft, simply put, occurs when one person takes an item (piece of property) that does not belong to him / her. Theft does not involve contact between the victim and the perpetrator. Robbery, on the other hand, happens when a person takes someone else’s property directly from the owner. In other words, personal ...
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  • 4 Things to Do When Pulled Over for DUI

    No matter what the reason may be, it is always nerve-racking to be pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Because a stop can be frightening, it is important that individuals understand their rights in order to safeguard their futures and protect themselves in court. If a person fails to exercise their rights when pulled over by a police officer, they may be subject to facing a lifetime of ...
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  • Attorney Patrick L. Mulligan Is Recognized By NAFDD Third Year in a Row

    This week, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC recognized Attorney Patrick L. Mulligan for the third year in a row. While he is skilled in various areas of law, Attorney Mulligan focuses his practice on DUI and criminal defense law. What is The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC? This organization recognizes the best criminal defense lawyers in each state, basing majority of these ...
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  • Welcome to Our Blog

    We at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, L.P.A Co would like to welcome you to our blog! Here, our Dayton criminal defense attorneys will be posting about topics related to criminal defense, such as relevant current events and legislative changes. We believe that our clients should be as well informed as possible about their rights and options. We encourage you to check in regularly to benefit from ...
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