There must be a probable, valid cause for law enforcement to pull over a driver. Does the vehicle have expired tags? Did the driver run through a red light or not stop completely at a stop sign? Was the driver speeding or swerving? Does the car have an equipment violation like a burned-out tail light? […]
Law enforcement must follow the law when stopping or arresting drivers. There are two different legal standards that apply to OVI stops and arrests: Reasonable Suspicion and Probable Cause.
Reasonable suspicion is acceptable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or will be committed. It is a reasonable belief based on facts or circumstances and is […]
It’s Labor Day weekend and law enforcement is out in full force as the last of the”100 deadliest days for teens”, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day comes to an end. Be prepared, stay out of the driver’s seat if you plan to even have one drink. The best way to avoid a DUI […]
Don’t drink and drive. If you go out and are drinking alcohol, get a designated driver in place or prepare to use Uber, Lyft or a taxi service. If you have never been convicted of an OVI, you can’t imagine and understand the consequences of having an OVI conviction on your record. It can impact […]
In Ohio, checkpoints are determined by police where they will set up traffic cones and barricades to stop vehicles and check for suspected drunk drivers. These checkpoints must adhere to many guidelines. For instance, police will check every other vehicle, or every third vehicle, etc. The driver stopped will be checked by the officer for […]
The plea bargain is an agreement between a criminal defense attorney and the prosecution to resolve a criminal case and ends with a defendant pleading guilty or no contest in exchange for a reduced sentence or to a lesser charge. A majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains but they aren’t always the best […]