How do we stop the violence? Is “Stop and Frisk”the answer?

In the wake of a violent summer in Cincinnati that has seen several instances of teens or young children being shot and killed, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he’s focused on getting guns off the streets–even if it means temporarily detaining someone using the controversial “stop-and-frisk” method. As reported by WCPO, Deters recently said, [...]

Is Your Mobile Device Passcode Off Limits to Cops?!?

Criminal defense lawyers, and the ACLU, say passcodes are protected by the Fifth Amendment; prosecutors disagree. Two civil-liberties groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on an increasingly relevant digital-privacy question: Do Americans have a constitutional right to keep their passwords and passcodes secret? It’s a thorny legal issue, and one that is [...]

“No-Knock” Warrants–What’s The Deal?

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 14 of the Ohio Constitution protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Searches and seizures conducted outside of the judicial process, without a warrant based on probable cause, are per se unreasonable, subject to several specific established exceptions. Included in the Fourth Amendment [...]

Underage Drinking In Ohio

Underage drinking is a serious crime in Ohio. The state generally prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing or consuming alcohol. If you are under the age of 21 and possess or consume alcohol, it is a first-degree misdemeanor offense. The maximum sentence is a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Though [...]

Finding The Best Criminal Defense Attorney

  The best criminal defense is built upon a full and complete understanding of the case and the defendant. The criminal defense attorney gathers information in several different ways: Open communication with the client to obtain a thorough personal and criminal history and to verify the client’s mental capacity and state of mind, a timeline [...]

Defense Strategies

The very moment you are arrested on suspicion of a crime is the very moment you need legal counsel. Time is of the essence.  Secure the services of an attorney who will guide you through the process while protecting your rights. Every case is defendable and an arrest does not mean a conviction. There are [...]

Police Knocking At Your Door In Ohio

  Do you know your rights if the police are knocking at your door? Would you be prepared for this situation? Any criminal defense attorney in Ohio,  will tell you that your best response is to open the door, slightly, and be polite but it is your right to refuse entry. The Fourth Amendment of [...]

Ohio DUI Checkpoint Ahead

Unfortunately, mistakes happen and people don't think they have had too much to drink and get behind the wheel and drive. Only later do they realize the alcohol is affecting them more than they thought. Instead of pulling over and figuring out how to get home, they keep driving. What happens if they come to [...]

Mistakes to Avoid if You are Charged with a Crime in Ohio

  When you are facing criminal charges in Ohio, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of avoiding a conviction and a substantial sentence. There are also mistakes you might make that would significantly impede the ability of a successful defense at trial. Some of these mistakes are: Running from the police [...]

Chain of Custody in a Criminal Case

In a criminal case in Ohio, you often hear the term “chain of custody”. Prosecutors must establish an unbroken chain or path that the piece of evidence takes before it’s in custody and used as an exhibit of evidence. Because criminal prosecutions usually depend on any evidence gathered by law enforcement, the prosecutors must have [...]

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