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  • How a Former Prosecutor Can Help Your Criminal Case

    When you are arrested for a criminal offense, a prosecutor—who is an attorney who represents the government—will press charges against you. The prosecution is responsible for obtaining a conviction for the state by presenting convincing evidence to a grand jury. On the other hand, a criminal defense lawyer helps defendants avoid conviction by providing one or more potential defenses that present ...
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  • What Impacts the Severity of a Drug Charge?

    When people think of prosecutors accusing people of their supposed criminal acts, they often picture a straightforward process that involves little to no critical thinking; however, that’s not how criminal charges work. Every state has its own set of rules and regulations that determines the severity of a supposed criminal act, and Ohio is no different. In this blog post, Patrick Mulligan & ...
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  • Can I Date During Divorce?

    Divorce can be a frustrating, sad, and even lonely process. Sometimes, people going through divorce long to feel desirable again and wish to meet someone new or have fun. While there is no law against dating during divorce proceedings, there are both legal and emotional reasons why you should wait until your divorce is final. The following are several reasons why you should avoid dating during the ...
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  • Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Ohio

    Marijuana remains a controversial subject in America, even though several states have legalized its recreational use. Marijuana possession remains illegal in Ohio, however, and getting caught with it in your possession can result in hefty fines, jail and/or prison time. Ohio Marijuana Laws In Ohio, recreational use of marijuana is still illegal. This means that by getting caught in possession of ...
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  • Can Social Media Harm My Criminal Case?

    Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are used to connect and communicate with friends, family, and even the entire world, whether it’s sharing personal photos and videos or posting a status update. However, if you are involved in a criminal investigation, law enforcement can use your social media activity as evidence against you. Your social media posts can demonstrate ...
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  • What to Do When a Parent Withholds Visitation

    When parents file for divorce , they will typically have a child custody and visitation agreement in place once the separation becomes final. While some parents are able to raise their children in an amicable and respectful manner, others find it extremely difficult to get along. In some instances, the custodial parent will deliberately withhold visitation from the noncustodial parent. However, ...
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  • Ohio Marijuana Laws in 2019

    Ohio has not legalized the recreational use of marijuana. However, it does permit the medicinal use of cannabis by individuals with qualifying conditions and has decriminalized marijuana to some degree – particularly when it comes to first- time possession of small amounts. For example, possession of fewer than 100 grams of pot in Ohio is a minor misdemeanor that carries a $150 fine. Minor ...
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  • Drug Deaths in Ohio Increase Due to the Opioid Epidemic

    In 2017, more than 13 people died each day due to drug overdoses, marking a new high as Ohio continues to battle the opioid epidemic. The increased death rate is likely due to more overdoses caused by fentanyl and Carfentanil mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine. Ohio already has some of the highest fatal overdose numbers in the nation, and it’s only been growing in recent years: 2014: 2,531 ...
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  • How Facebook Might Hurt Your Divorce Case

    If you are going through a divorce , you need to be careful with the things you post on Facebook and other social media sites. Your social media pages can end up playing a major role in your case if you post the wrong thing. One survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , revealed that 81% of divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the amount of cases where social media ...
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  • Does Ohio Have a Definition of Consent?

    Consent: the word that decides if an act is legal or illegal. We continually hear about stories of people who take advantage of someone who does not consent to an act; however, how many of us know the definition of consent? Here’s a litmus test: did you know that most states have their own legal definition of consent? With this in mind, it’s crucial you find out if Ohio has its a legal definition ...
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  • Ohio’s New Expungement Statute Explained

    If you have been convicted of a crime, it can detrimentally impact your future. This is because all of your previous charges and convictions appear on your criminal record, which can be viewed by employers and educational institutions trying to decide whether you should be given an offer of employment or admission. On October 29, 2018, the state of Ohio expanded expungement laws under ORC § ...
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  • Which Spouse Is Entitled to Alimony?

    Determining which spouse is entitled to alimony can be a confusing and complex process. Many people have the misconception that the wife is always guaranteed alimony when a marriage comes to an end. However, neither spouse is guaranteed spousal support, regardless of how long the marriage lasted. When it comes to divorce , spousal support can be awarded to both husbands and wives. Alimony is ...
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  • What Crimes Require Me to Register as a Sex Offender?

    As sex crimes attorneys , we are frequently asked about which convictions require registry on the state’s list of sex offenders. Ohio’s registry of sex offenders shows where people convicted of sex crimes live, work, and go to school. A quick glance at the registry will reveal that thousands of people living in the state have been required to register as sex offenders. In 2017, nearly 20,000 ...
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  • How to Boost Self-Confidence After Divorce

    After you have wrapped up your divorce and moved away from your ex to start your own life, it can be difficult to move on past your marriage and redefine who you are. Although you weren’t a completely different person when you were married, things will be different now that you are divorced. During this transition phase, it is important to be aware of the things that can shape your self-image and ...
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  • Stories of False Accusations Ruining Lives

    Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to go on social media without seeing stories of sexual assault allegations. It’s good that more victims are coming forward with their stories, but some people are taking advantage of the attention that accusations of sexual misconduct bring about. As a result, false accusations of sexual assault are arguably more common than ever before. Here are some stories of ...
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