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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

Constructing Defenses Against Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Crime Charges

When a person is accused of sexual assault or another sexual offense, he or she often is faced with the challenge of proving his or her innocence long after the charges have been dismissed. This has been true for several college students in recent years. According to a Fox News article, an Amherst College student accused another student of rape 21 months after the alleged incident. The person accused… Read more

Ohio Police Using Backpage and Craigslist for Solicitation and Prostitution Arrests

Law enforcement agencies throughout Franklin County and the surrounding areas in Ohio are cracking down on online advertising for erotic services and changing the way solicitation arrests are made. Within recent years, websites like Backpage and Craigslist have been used to promote erotic services. Men and women are labeled "companions" in the ads, or they advertise massage services. However, these… Read more

Ohio House Bill to Change Police Requirements and Increase Training

The Ohio House approved a bill this week that would change the requirements to become a law enforcement officer in the state and increase the number of training hours applicants must complete. The bill, introduced by Republican representatives Tim Derickson of Oxford and Nathan Manning of North Ridgeville, was aimed at improving relationships between local police and their communities, according to… Read more

Proposed Bills Aim to Change Heroin Laws and Decrease Overdoses in Ohio

Lawmakers in Ohio are proposing legislation this session aimed at curbing the use of heroin and the abuse of some medically prescribed drugs with the goal of reducing the number of drug overdoses in the state. One bill directly related to overdoses is the Good Samaritan Bill. The bill, according to Cincinnati.com, would prevent law enforcement from incriminating a person for drug possession if he or… Read more

Ohio Organizations Pushing for More Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Data

Juvenile justice groups throughout Ohio are advocating for the creation of a more comprehensive statewide juvenile justice data system that would track more than just the number of cases being handled. According to the Columbus Dispatch, each Ohio county has its own method of how it collects data, what it collects and the way it tracks data related to juvenile cases.  The state Supreme Court requires… Read more

Penalties in Felony Domestic Violence Cases in Ohio

One Ohio county is changing the way in which domestic violence cases are handled and prosecuted. A court created nearly four years ago has seen success in helping those facing felony domestic violence charges get treatment rather than an automatic jail or prison sentence. According to WKYC, Summit County created the state's first Felony Domestic Violence Court in 2011 in Akron. Since its inception… Read more

Solicitation Stings Changing in Ohio, but Alleged Offenders Still Have Options for Defenses

Law enforcement officers and agencies throughout the country are changing the way in which they target those suspected of prostitution and solicitation. In some instances, agencies even have utilized online solicitation websites to garner arrests and more information into the local prostitution business. In Ohio, some law enforcement agencies have used the adult entertainment classified site backpage.com… Read more

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