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Ohio criminal defense: What is the exclusionary rule?

When one is accused of a crime in Ohio or elsewhere, evidence or lack thereof will have a big impact on the outcome of his or her case. Prosecutors depend on investigators to collect evidence that can be used in court in order to obtain convictions. However, how evidence is gathered may actually help one's criminal defense.

Auto-brewery syndrome, a possible DUI criminal defense

In Ohio and elsewhere, DUI cases may be dismissed for a number of reasons, including lack of evidence, testing errors and medical issues -- among others. When it comes to medical issues, there is one in particular that can cause a high blood-alcohol readout on a breath test, even if the individual accused of impaired driving has not partaken of any alcohol. The disorder, known as auto-brewery syndrome, is a real thing and may be used as a criminal defense in a DUI case.

More drunk driving patrols expected during the holidays

If you haven’t taken to the road for the holiday weekend, chances are that you will in the next day or two. In fact, next week is going to be huge for, even though it is the last one of the year. According to the American Automobile Association, millions of Americans will be taking to the roads to get to loved ones to celebrate the holiday season with loved ones. Indeed, snowy weather will make driving conditions treacherous at times, but Ohio state troopers and local police agencies across the state will be looking for drunk drivers. 

What to consider before taking a plea

If you have been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, the main question you may have for your attorney is what will happen to you should you decide not to challenge the charges against you. Of course, the prosecutor will likely express the intent to settle matter immediately without going to trial, but there certainly will be a price to pay. Also, drunk driving cases are commonly settled before trial.

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