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Proposed Ohio Bill Would Allow Concealed Carry Without Permits

Ohio legislators have proposed a bill earlier this legislative session that would allow some residents in the state to carry a concealed firearm without a permit and without the appropriate training. According to Cleveland.com, House Bill 147 would allow anyone age 21 or older in Ohio to carry any concealed firearm not specifically banned by law. This, however, would not apply if the person has been… Read more

What You Should Know About Marijuana Possession in Ohio

Unlike some states, possession of marijuana is still a crime in Ohio, even if it is used for medicinal purposes. Indeed, conviction of possession of marijuana can lead to incarceration and, in some cases, felony charges. In addition to possible fines and incarceration, conviction of possession of any amount of marijuana will result in the suspension of your drivers' license for at least six months… Read more

Proposed Bill Could Increase Prison Sentences for Violent Crimes and Firearm Offenses in Ohio

A bill proposed in the Ohio Legislature is seeking to implement additional prison sentences for repeat violent offenders and those convicted of firearm offenses. Senate Bill 97, which is sponsored by state Sen. Jim Hughes and Sen. Frank LaRose, will allow the state to actively decrease the number of violent repeat offenders, Hughes said. According to Ohio Senate Republicans, Hughes said the bill would… Read more

Proposed Marijuana Legalization Could Create Millions in Tax Revenue, Says Supporters

A constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana could lead to more than $550 million in annual tax revenue, according to some of the amendment's supporters. ResponsibleOhio, a committee trying to legalize marijuana for personal and medicinal use in Ohio, released initial tax revenue projections for its legalization proposal, saying the plan could generate $554 million each year, according… Read more

Massage Parlor Raids Could Lead to Solicitation for Prostitution Charges

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force raided four Ohio massage parlors suspected of prostitution last month, resulting in the arrest of two people who now face criminal charges. Xiao Shuang Chao and Qing Xu, both from Columbus, were arrested, although they denied their involvement in charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and… Read more

Former Deputy Sentenced on Child-Porn Charges

Justin D. Iddings, former Franklin County deputy was sentenced to four years in prison for possessing child pornography.  In January of 2015, he plead guilty to two counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Read more

Heroin and Other Drugs on the Rise in Central Ohio, Report Says

Ohio is one of several states that has a problem with substance abuse, and according to a recently released report, some commonly used illegal drugs are becoming more readily available in Central Ohio. A February report from the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network released earlier this month says crack cocaine, black-tar heroin and opioid painkillers are more prevalent on the streets. The use of… Read more

Violent Crime Incidences Decreasing Throughout Ohio, FBI reports

Ohio reported more than 30,000 incidents of violent crime in 2013, but according to a recent report from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, The Buckeye State still had a decrease in violent offenses compared to the previous year. The FBI's annual report released late last year shows Ohio's violent crime rate in 2013 dropped more than 8 percent from the previous year, according to Cleveland.com.… Read more

Misunderstanding of Law Still Could Produce Reasonable Suspicion

If a police officer stops a driver based on a mistaken understanding of the law, the driver's Fourth Amendment rights have not been violated, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. The court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. North Carolina, a case in which an officer stopped a driver who was traveling with only one working brake light. The officer cited a brake light malfunction as the reason for… Read more

Proposed Bill Could Change Regulations for Concealed-Handgun Permits

New legislation passed in the Ohio Senate could create substantial changes in the state's rules and procedures for issuing concealed-handgun permits if the law is signed into effect by the governor. House Bill 234, as approved by the Senate, ultimately would make it easier for Ohio residents to legally carry a concealed weapon. The bill cleared the Senate 24-6, according to Cleveland.com, and now… Read more

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