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  • Do I Have to Consent to a Field Sobriety Test in Ohio?

    Being pulled over by police for a suspected DUI can be a frightening experience. If police think that you have been driving your vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will usually ask you to perform a field sobriety test. As DUI attorneys with more than 30 years of experience, we know how to handle DUI cases and secure positive outcomes for our clients. One of the questions we are ...
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  • What to Do if You Are Arrested for DUI

    Seeing the blue and red flashing lights behind you when you are driving can be frightening, especially when the officer pulled you over because they have a suspicion that you are driving drunk. When you are in this situation, it can be hard to know what to do. In this blog, we explain how to handle yourself if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. When you are first signaled to pull over, DO ...
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  • 5 Things to Do Before Getting Divorced

    Divorce is never an easy situation to go through. It can be emotionally exhausting and can strain the relationships you have with friends and family. Divorce is also a tricky area of law, and unfortunately, many people make the mistake of acting to quickly without first getting their affairs in order. Although you might be ready to leave your spouse, you don’t want to be left in a position that ...
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  • FAQ: Criminal Defense

    At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our team of legal professionals is committed to helping people in Ohio overcome their criminal charges and obtain the justice they deserve. With more than 30 years of legal experience, our lawyers have handled numerous types of criminal defense cases including: Assault Drug Crimes Federal Crimes Juvenile Crimes Sex Crimes Theft Crimes Murder Weapon Crimes ...
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  • New Tax Law Changes Might Impact Your Divorce Agreement

    New changes to the tax code that will go into effect at the end of this year has people asking questions about how their divorce settlement will be affected. Below, we explain what the new changes to alimony tax are and how these changes might impact you and your family. In the past, alimony has always been deductible for the person who pays spousal support . In turn, the recipient spouse payed ...
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  • Retroactive Child Support Explained

    Under the law, there is a distinction between a parent who refuses their child support obligations and a parent who has yet to be given child support orders. However, parents who have not been given a child support order can still be ordered to pay retroactive child support for a specified period time before the order for child support was officially granted by a court. One example where ...
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  • How Can I Challenge Sexual Assault Allegations?

    As more emphasis is being placed on sexual assaults by the mainstream media, false accusations for these crimes has also become a concern for many people. We address your concerns in this blog and explain a few ways that you can challenge sexual assault allegations , should the need arise. The Innocence Defense The simplest defense against sexual assault allegations is to claim and maintain that ...
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  • When Does Borrowing Become Stealing in the Eyes of the Law?

    It is easy to make a simple mistake, like forgetting to return an item that you have borrowed. As time passes by, we might forget about what we borrowed, until the person to whom it belongs to comes looking for it. Even if the owner of the item you forgot to return is angry at you for your oversight, your actions do not equate theft if you honestly forgot to give them back their property. Below, ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Murder & Manslaughter?

    Manslaughter is an unlawful killing that doesn’t involve premeditated malice or the intent to seriously harm or kill. The absence of malice makes manslaughter a lesser charge than first or second degree murder. Although manslaughter is a serious crime, its consequences are generally less severe than murder. Below, we explain more about the differences between murder and manslaughter. Voluntary ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for a Fake ID in Ohio?

    Having or using a fake ID carries serious legal consequences. Although many juveniles find it tempting to use a fake ID for what they might think are seemingly “innocent” or “victimless” crimes , getting caught with a fake ID is no laughing matter. When these people are caught using their fake ID, they find themselves facing much more trouble than they might have anticipated. In this blog, we ...
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  • How to Protect Your Assets in a Divorce

    A common concern for many people who are going through a difficult divorce is how they can protect their assets. This is particularly true for couples who have many high value assets such as a business or multiple properties. In this blog, we explain a few ways you can protect your assets when going through a divorce . Open Accounts in Your Name If you're a spouse who doesn’t work, it's important ...
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  • How Divorce Affects Men & Women Differently

    We all deal with divorce uniquely. Sometimes the way we choose to react to our divorce fits into society’s gender norms and expectations. Other times, our reactions stray from these expectations. However, there are some consistent patterns and differences between the ways that men and women react to their divorce. In this blog, we talk about some of the key differences in how men and women cope ...
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  • How Does Expungement Work?

    In Ohio, expungement is considered a legal process in court which allows you to have all public records of a previous criminal conviction cleared and your court file sealed. In other words, an expungement makes it appear like the criminal offense or record never occurred. There are a wide variety of benefits to having your criminal record expunged. Whether you are seeking employment, professional ...
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  • What You Need to Know About the Divorce Process in Ohio

    When it comes to divorce in Ohio, what exactly does it look like? Each state has different divorce laws or requirements, all of which affect what your divorce experience will be. Whether it is your first time getting a divorce, or you’ve been down this road once before, it is imperative to have a clear understanding of what the process is going to be from beginning to end. The following are ...
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  • What Do I Do If I Was Arrested for Assault for Defending Myself?

    Fights can happen unexpectedly, particularly when one or both participants have been drinking. However, if one person apparently started the fight, can the other person be charged with assault for defending himself or herself? According to Ohio laws, assault is an attempt to cause physical harm to another, while battery is to intentionally or negligently cause offensive physical contact or bodily ...
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