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Columbus OVI Lawyer Brian Joslyn Examines Statistics Revealing Increased OVI Enforcement Stops

The Ohio Department of Public Safety announced the statewide activity statistics in the Ohio State Highway Patrol Statistics earlier this week.  The report correlates to recent efforts by Ohio law enforcement to intensify force on a variety of criminal driving offenses.  Statistics show an increase in a majority of police involved activity for crimes concerning highway patrol year to date (YTD) compared… Read more

Ohioans Debate for Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Joslyn Discusses Proposed Changes to Ohio Domestic Violence Laws

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), originally passed in 1994, expired in 2011. Now, Ohioan supporters, lead by Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, are fighting to have the bill speedily reauthorized after it reached a halt in the Senate last month. Reauthorization of VAWA usually takes place every five years, but since all eight GOP senators in the Judiciary Committee recently voted the bill… Read more

New Ohio Whistleblower Bill Aims At Decreasing White Collar Fraud; Columbus White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Joslyn Discusses Proposed Legislation

A new law, House Bill 66, introduced by Ohio Lawmakers aims to give more protection to "whistleblowers," encourages exposure of fraud at the work place as well as wasteful tax dollar spending within businesses. The new Bill, sponsored by State Rep. Ross McGregor, R-Springfield, who has been pushing for years to create a law better designed for Ohio citizens and public employees to report corrupt business… Read more

Attorney Brian Joslyn Discusses Debate Around Juvenile Programs For Mentally Ill Youth

According to a new report on the status of Ohio's youth prison system by the Department of Youth Services, the state needs to amend its juvenile correction program, immediately.  Specifically, the Department of Youth Services is urging the state to find a way to pay for and transport juvenile offenders in Ohio who are considered mentally ill into psychiatric facilities, as soon as possible. Safety… Read more

Ohio Police Increase Holiday OVI Arrests; Columbus OVI Defense Attorney Brian Joslyn Discusses The Increase and Ohio OVI Laws

This year, in an effort to decrease car accident deaths related to impaired driving during the holiday season, Ohio state police and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (OSHP) are making an extra effort to catch individuals driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Ohio Holiday OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol offense) arrests increased 28 percent in the first holiday… Read more

Columbus Sex Crime Lawyer Explains Proposed Ohio Rape Kit DNA Testing Legislation

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued an $850,000 initiative urging Ohio police to send all rape kits to local or state forensic crime labs for DNA testing. The project intends to help victims of sexual abuse cases dating as far back as the early 1990's bring their attackers to justice. DeWine believes about half of all sexual abuse cases are reported and sent to crime labs for testing, and he wants… Read more

Four Armed Robbery Crime Alerts In One Month For Ohio State University

Today ignites uneasiness around the Ohio State University campus with the fourth police issued 'timely' crime alert in a month, due to reports of armed robbery.  The attacks came on or near campus this month, creating quite a stir among students, faculty and staff, with a concerning for safety.  All reports have at least one detail in common, the use of a "Deadly weapon" or "dangerous ordnance." Police… Read more

New Database Offers Insight Into the Civil Impact of Criminal Convictions in Ohio

One of the many unfortunate consequences of being a convicted felon is the hardship it places on finding suitable employment. Ohio has recently reformed state sentencing statutes and many advocates for ex-offenders are concerned about the collateral sanctions that create barriers for ex-offenders who are seeking employment to support themselves and their families.  Collateral sanctions range from losing… Read more

New Law Bans Bath Salts in Ohio

Taking a bath just got a little less fun. In July of this year, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 64, which made it a crime to sell or be in possession of bath salts and the new law recently took effect in October. Bath salts are considered a synthetic recreational drug.  The drugs were mostly being sold in tobacco shops and convenience stores. [caption id="attachment_57" align="alignnone"… Read more

A Close Look at Drug Trafficking in Ohio

In 2007, one of the most successful drug raids occurred in Mexico City, Mexico with the cooperation of The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican Police. During the raid over $200 million in U.S. currency was seized along with a pill making machine, luxury vehicles and various weapons, which included guns and semiautomatic firearms. Officials believed that the money was connected… Read more

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