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Ohio's Right to a Speedy Trial

If the prosecutor violates your right to a speedy trial, then the case should be dismissed. Your right to a speedy trial means the state must bring you to trial within the time limits proscribed in the Ohio Revised Code. For a first or second degree misdemeanor charge in Ohio, the case must be tried within 90 days unless you waive your right to a speedy trial. Even if your statutory rights to a speedy… Read more

Ohio's Two-Year Statute of Limitations

In a misdemeanor case, Ohio's Revised Code 2901.13 provides that a prosecution for a misdemeanor shall be barred unless it commenced (began) within two years of the date that the offense occurred. R.C. 2901.13(A)(1)(b). In determining the date the prosecution was commenced, the Courts look at the earlier of: The date an indictment is returned or an information is filed; The date a lawful arrest without… Read more

Ohio's Portable Breath Test (PBT)

During the initial consultation, many of our clients ask us about the Portable Breath Test (often called the "PBT"). Officers throughout Columbus, Ohio, will use the PBT for a variety of reasons. The main benefit for law enforcement officers is that people tend to be more cooperative after submitting to the PBT because they assume that evidence gathered by the PBT can be used against them in an OVI… Read more

Hit and Skip in Columbus, Ohio

In Ohio, the most common offense for leaving the scene of a crash is a violation of subsection 2(a) of Ohio Revised Code 4549 for "Stopping after accident; exchange of identity and vehicle registration." The offense is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree. See R.C. 4549 .02(A). This offense is often called a "hit and skip," "hit and run," or "tap and run." A different statute in Ohio for "Failure… Read more

Warrants in Columbus, Ohio

Under Ohio Crim. Rule 4, a complaint includes an affidavit showing probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed. The complaint must also sets forth facts to show that the defendant was the person who committed the crime. If the judge receives such a complaint from law enforcement, the judge will either issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant or issue a summons in lieu of a warrant.… Read more

Drug Court in Franklin County, OH

Many of our clients with drug crimes contact us to find out more about options to enter drug court programs in Franklin County, OH, including either the TIES program (also called "drug court") in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas or the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Program (ADAP) in the Franklin County Municipal Court. These programs can be helpful for a person who truly needs and wants drug… Read more

Fighting Federal Drug Charges in Ohio

The United States government has been adamant about cracking down on drug-related crimes since the Controlled Substance Act passed in 1970, and agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration continue to make arrests for offenses throughout the country. In Ohio, the DEA and other agencies often conduct "drug sweeps," which allow the law enforcement agencies to make several arrests for various drug… Read more

Annual Permits for Hotels and Motels Proposed to Deter Prostitution and Solicitation Crimes in Columbus

Columbus officials are working to implement a new plan that would create stronger regulations on hotels and motels in the city in an attempt to curb solicitation and prostitution crimes occurring at the businesses, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch. The Columbus City Council plans to hold a hearing on the proposed law on July 30, 2015, after more than one year of planning and drafting.… Read more

Pro-Marijuana Committee Collecting Signatures to Change Expungement Law

A pro-marijuana organization in Ohio plans to begin collecting signatures for a proposed law that would allow certain cannabis crimes to be expunged once the controlled substance becomes legal in The Buckeye State. ResponsibleOhio, a political action committee trying to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio, has drafted what is referred to as the Fresh Start Act. This would allow those… Read more

Handling Arrests and Weapons Charges After Red, White & Boom! Festival

Each summer thousands of people gather in downtown Columbus for the Red, White & Boom! festival, an annual Independence Day event that includes the largest Fourth of July firework display in Ohio. The festival features a variety of activities each year, including the Independence Parade that kicks off on the corner of Main Street and Second Street with more than 70 participants. The event also has… Read more

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