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Domestic Violence – often a misnomer

I have written before that domestic violence is one of the most over-charged offenses in Ohio – probably the nation – given politics have corrupted common sense.  What do I mean by this?  Well, the...

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Ohio’s safe haven law – teens should take advantage

There has been another high-profile case involving a pregnant teen accused of killing her newborn baby.  Now, it needs to be made absolutely clear that this blog is NOT claiming that the teen caused...

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More Alternatives to Prison on the Horizon

Back in 2014 when the Ohio legislature overhauled the felony sentencing scheme with H.B. 86, it was clear that politicians were motivated to stem the tide of persons being sent to prison for so-called...

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Fourth Amendment “Automobile Exception” Remains Limited

Huge win for advocates of the Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment’s purpose is to protect the interest and privacy of the home and its curtilage first and foremost INTRO On May 29, 2018, the Supreme...

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Supreme Court rules that warrants are required for cell phone location data

Law Enforcement Need Warrant To Gain Access To Cell Phone Data “When the government tracks the location of a cell phone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to...

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Ohio Introduces Reinstatement Fee Amnesty

Who Is Eligible For Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Reduction? House Bill 336 creates a six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee amnesty reduction and waiver for offenders whose driver’s license...

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Marsy’s Law – Expansion of Victims’ Rights

Victims Of Crime Can Now Petition Court To Be Heard And Participate In Proceedings Under Marsy’s Law Marsy’s Law, or Issue One from the ballot in November 2017, is an expansion of victims’ rights in...

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New Expungement Law – Cleaning Up Your Record

Expungement In Ohio: What Is Eligibile To Be Expunged From My Record? As of April 8, 2019, Ohio has switched up the rules on expungement once again, and made it easier for citizens to clean up their...

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Is parental discipline a defense or an element of a crime under the Ohio...

On February 19, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court came out with the decision, State v. Faggs, Slip Opinion No. 2020-Ohio-523, where the Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals and held that...

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Fleeing Misdemeanor Suspect: Warrant or no Warrant?

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns An Appeals Court Ruling In Case Involving Fleeing Misdemeanor Suspect The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23, 2021, decided the case of Lange v. California that questioned...

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