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Blog Posts in 2017

  • 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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  • Do I Need a DUI Defense Lawyer If I Was Barely Over the Legal Limit?

    Most states are particularly harsh on drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. States usually have a legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit by which all drivers must abide. In Ohio, all drivers over the age of 21 can only have a BAC of 0.08% or less. The only exception is commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers whose legal limit is 0.04%. If you were pulled ...
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  • Modifying a Divorce Decree

    Typically, when two people divorce, the divorce decree creates a legally binding contract regarding child custody, child support, spousal support, and visitation. It finalizes the provisions of the divorce so each spouse understands his or her responsibilities. However, life never turns out the way most people plan. Some parents might lose their job and might no longer be able to send child ...
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  • How to Avoid a DUI This Holiday Season

    The most effective (and admittedly obvious) way to avoid a DUI this holiday season is to stay out of the driver’s seat when you’ve had too much to drink. Once Halloween rolls around and the holiday season kicks into high gear, there seems to be endless opportunity for celebration and drinking, and where there is an abundance of alcohol, there is an abundance of opportunity to hop behind the wheel ...
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  • 3 Factors That Can Affect Child Custody Outcomes

    Parents are often concerned they might not get enough time with their kids after a divorce. Some courts award partial custody to both parents, while others might award full physical custody to one parent and shared legal custody to both parents. The decisions judges make depend on the well-being of the child; however, the court will look at several factors to make that determination. Here are 3 ...
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  • Differences Between No-Fault and Fault-Based Divorce

    Divorce is rarely easy for most couples. However, the type of separation can sometimes complicate the process. No fault and fault-based divorces are two different methods of determining how the couple separates. In a fault divorce, the spouse filing the divorce claims the other is responsible, while in a no-fault divorce, no blame is placed on either party. Ohio is one state that uses fault ...
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  • Increase in DUI Arrests During the Summer

    Summer months are a time for getting out and about, celebrating holidays and events, and finding reprieve from school and work. While summer is certainly cause for celebration, it is also one of the more dangerous times of the year, especially on public roads and highways. In addition to increased accident risks created by young drivers on summer vacation, out-of-town tourists who aren’t familiar ...
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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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  • The Consequences of a Wet Reckless Charge

    If you have been arrested for a DUI/OVI , you may have the ability to plead your case and receive lesser charges. Called a “wet reckless” charge, Ohio drivers may be able to take advantage of a plea bargain for the less serious charge. Commonly, a wet reckless charge is offered when the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is close to .08% or when there are holes in the prosecution’s case that ...
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  • How Multiple DUI/OVI Convictions Can Affect Your Future

    Even one DUI/OVI conviction can result in hefty fines, jail time, and the potential loss of your driving privileges. Multiple DUI/OVI convictions can result in very serious consequences, and can even affect your future. Learn more about the impact multiple convictions may have on your life. The Consequences of Multiple DUI/OVI Convictions Repeat DUI/OVI offenses can result in some serious ...
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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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  • 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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