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President's Remarks Fuel Marijuana Debates

The recent statements made by President Obama have brought new fervor to the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana. With the drug being considered for medical uses and legalized in various forms across each state, controversy surrounding the topic has already been running high. A comment made by the President questions whether marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol. This has tipped off discussion… Read more

The Basics of Extradition Procedures in Ohio

Although extradition is not an issue faced by the majority of those arrested, the process is unfamiliar to most people. With a daunting scenario hanging over the heads of those threatened by this process, it can be confusing to understand what extradition involves. Extradition is a process that occurs when an individual is transferred to another state where that person has a warranted issued against… Read more

Program Sends Drug Offenders to Rehab Instead of Prison

Program Sends Drug Offenders to Rehab Instead of Prison Joslyn Law Firm principal Brian Joslyn was featured on NBC 4 to discuss his thoughts on a docket program designed to stop mandatory sentencing for drug offenders. The program takes non-violent drug offenders out of prison and puts them into diversion programs that offer things like drug rehabilitation and treatment. With prison populations swelling beyond capacity, some jurisdictions are turning to… Read more

U.S. Attorney General to Introduce Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

Currently, almost half of the people serving time in federal prison are doing so because of drug charges. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently hinted that he is unhappy with that, and would like to change it. "I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons" (Wilkey, Robert "Eric Holder May Release Sweeping Drug Sentencing Proposal, Admits Current… Read more

Ohio Law Enforcement Intensifies Focus on Drug Trafficking

In 2013, Ohio troopers have increased their focus on intercepting drug shipments, and their increased focus has led to a substantial increase in the amount of drug related arrests. Drug arrests have increased 19 percent across Ohio in the first six months of this year as compared to 2012. Franklin County currently leads the state in felony drug trafficking arrests. The majority of arrests involve marijuana,… Read more

Ohio Operation TRIAD Aims to Reduce Rate of Traffic Violations

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has an aggressive driving prevention program known as Operation TRIAD (Targeting Reckless, Intimidating, and Aggressive Drivers). Law enforcement runs its TRIAD events in specifically targeted areas. These events are not held on a regular basis, but instead take place at various times throughout the year whenever it is determined that they are necessary. Operation TRIAD… Read more

Ohio Begins Arson Registry Database

An important piece of criminal defense legislation was passed late last year and implementation has begun as of July 1, 2013. According to the new law, passed by the Ohio General Assembly, those convicted of arson-related crimes will be required to register in a database, similar to the sex-offender database currently used across the nation. The new legislation requires the arsonist to renew their… Read more

Neighborhood Crime Surveillance Cameras Seeing New Use in Dublin, Ohio

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of crime prevention cameras by law enforcement officials. These cameras are installed at key points across a neighborhood where it will supposedly do the most good to discourage crime and assist in tracking down criminals. Opponents of the crime cameras are concerned over the government's growing ability to monitor citizens and violation of reasonable… Read more

Franklin County Casino May Lead to More Tourist Arrests

Casinos often get a bad rap about crime. People think of "The Godfather" and other mob movies, and think casinos are all run by organized crime families, even though most of them are run by huge corporations. Even worse, some people think that casinos are magnets for crime -- that they draw people who will commit crimes. In reality, casinos are likely to increase arrests in the area surrounding them,… Read more

Even if Acquitted, State Gets to Keep Your DNA

Under an Ohio Supreme Court ruling earlier this month, prosecutors can keep your DNA on file to use as evidence for future cases -- even if you were ultimately acquitted on the charges for which they took your DNA to begin with. In the case before the Court, the state took DNA from Cleveland man Dajuan Emerson while he was under investigation for rape in 2005. Police found seminal fluid on the victim.… Read more

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