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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why You Shouldn’t Use a Public Defender

    Public defenders are paid by the government and appointed by courts for cases involving defendants who do not have the financial resources to hire a private attorney. However, public defenders are overburdened with their case load and face numerous obstacles caused by an underfunded public defense system. In this blog, we explain why you shouldn’t use a public defender if you are facing criminal ...
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  • What to Do if You Have Been Arrested

    Getting arrested can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if it’s your fist time being put in handcuffs. Below, we explain what you should and shouldn’t do if you are arrested by law enforcement. If you are accused of committing a crime, do the following things: Remain silent and remember that anything you say to police can be used against you in court. Although you do not have to ...
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  • Possible Defenses For Child Pornography Crimes

    If you are accused of possessing or distributing child pornography, you will face severe penalties, such as going to jail and having to register as a sex offender. Because most of these crimes involve images and videos that are obtained online, it can be easy for somebody to click on a link and end up being wrongly accused of trying to access or possess child pornography . However, if you have ...
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  • Sheriffs In Ohio Disagree Over Criminal Gang Warning

    Sheriffs in the neighboring counties of Pike and Scioto disagreed over “criminal gang” activity that was allegedly headed to the southern part of Ohio. The dispute was carried out over social media by Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini. The disagreement started over an unusual Facebook post made by Reader who warned that the alleged “gang members” were on ...
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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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Appeal a Criminal Case

    People often despair when they are found guilty in a court of law; however, they shouldn’t worry too much. Criminal cases can be appealed. The appeals process allows cases to be reviewed by a higher court, which usually determines whether there has been an error in the criminal case. If the court finds such a mistake, it may reverse the previous court’s decision. To file an appeal, your best ...
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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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