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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

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

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