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Ohio Cracks Down on Prescription Drugs

Recently, national news sources have done stories on "pharm parties." Pharm parties are small gatherings of teenagers who collect an assortment of prescription pills, usually either stealing them from their parents or purchasing them on the black market. They then might dump all the pills in a bowl and will roll dice. Whatever number they roll, they ingest that number of pills, often with a swig of… Read more

Ohio State Highway Patrol Double DUI Checkpoints During Labor Day Weekend; Columbus DUI Defense Attorney Brian Joslyn Discusses Increased Patrol

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Labor Day weekend results in the most fatalities each year than any other holiday. Approximately 187 people were killed on Ohio roads between 2000 and 2010, during Labor Day weekends. Over that same decade, that's 23 more than both the 164 people killed in crashes during the 4th of July weekends and 164 people also killed during Thanksgiving… Read more

Columbus Attorney Discusses Ohio Supreme Court Order to Require Legal Consult for Juveniles

In what can be a complex system for anyone, the Ohio legal system can both overwhelm and intimidate those who do not have a strong grasp of the subject. This is particularly the case for minors accused of juvenile offenses. The vast majority will be unaware of their rights and the legal protection that is afforded to them. This fact was not lost in the Ohio Supreme Court last month, when they ruled… Read more

Know Your Rights During a 4th of July DUI Stop in Columbus, OH

While the 4th of July does fall on a Wednesday this year, this will not stop thousands of people throughout Hamilton County, OH, from enjoying public and private celebrations. Last year, Ohio State Highway Patrol reportedly arrested 598 drivers for OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) on the Fourth of July. This number is likely to decrease for a holiday that takes place over the weekday. However,… Read more

Ohio Lawmakers Reducing Restrictions on Concealed Handgun Laws; Columbus Gun Crimes Lawyer Brian Joslyn Discusses Changes

Proposed changes to Ohio's concealed handgun legislation may soon be made into law, easing some restrictions to renew a concealed handgun license, clarifying the definition of a loaded gun and acknowledging permit holder's rights across states lines.  The amendment to Ohio's concealed weapons laws passed the Ohio House of Representatives this week with a 59-28 vote and will now move to the Ohio Senate… Read more

New OhioTexting While Driving Ban Targets Teens

Changes to Ohio traffic laws get underway this month after Ohio Governor John R. Kasich recently signed House Bill 99 into law.  June 1 marks the beginning of the new law being put into place; however, drivers can expect a 6-month warning period after the effective date.  During this time, law enforcement officers will issue warnings, not citations. Potential consequences to the texting while driving… Read more

Memorial Weekend 2012 DUI/OVI Stops in Columbus: Understanding Your Rights

Memorial Day is a holiday in which we celebrate the service given by the men and women of our Armed Forces throughout the decades. People choose to celebrate this holiday (which generally marks the beginning of summer) in many ways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police departments, including the Columbus Division of Police, will be especially vigilant to ensure the safety of the community. One… Read more

Brian Joslyn Reviews Ohio Prescription Drug Laws

  Introduced earlier this month, The Stop Trafficking of Pills Act, or STOP Act, sets its sights on decreasing prescription drug trafficking and "doctor shopping" in Ohio by limiting Medicaid recipients to a single doctor for the extended duration of his/her treatment when receiving medication of high-risk prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin and Percocet 30.   The new bill which seeks to create… Read more

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

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