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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

You just found out your child has been charged with a crime. You're confused, scared and uncertain about how to help your child through this. You're not alone. It's normal to be unsure about how to move forward, but here are three things you must do in this situation.

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

A criminal conviction is something that can negatively impact everyone's life. However, if you are a college student or are just beginning a new job, it can be especially devastating for several reasons.

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

In Ohio, the smell of Marijuana is probable cause for a search of a vehicle. The Ohio Supreme Court in State v. Moore (2000), 90 Ohio St.3d 47 held that the smell of marijuana alone, by a person qualified to recognize the odor, is sufficient to establish probable cause to search a motor vehicle and the driver. If you are ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

Just because you are pulled over does not automatically give police the right to search your vehicle. Law enforcement may only search a vehicle, home, person or thing if they have: (1) a search warrant, (2) consent, or (3) probable cause (a reasonable ground for belief of guilt).

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

The short answer is "no." If your neighbor or the mailman knocked on your door and asked to look through every drawer and inmate area of your home, you would think he was crazy and slam the door shut. Likewise, if a BMV agent asked to search your car when you went to renew your license, you would refuse. Why ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

Most searches conducted with a search warrant are valid. There are, however, instances in which a search even though conducted with a warrant may be unconstitutional. The most effective way to challenge the legality of a search warrant is to question the truth of the underlying facts contained in the affidavit submitted by the law enforcement officer who requested the ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

Every day police search vehicles and residences. This evidence gathering plays a significant role in the criminal justice system. However, there are rules that establish how, when, where, and why police may conduct searches of vehicles, residences, and even persons. In the event law enforcement violates one of the rules or a person's constitutional rights in the process, there are ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

A search warrant is a written court order signed by a judge that authorizes a law enforcement officer to search a home, car, container, or person. In order to obtain a warrant, a law enforcement officer submits a request with an affidavit to a judge. In the affidavit the officer states the facts he believes justifies probable cause for the ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

Before filing a Motion to Suppress, it is important that I get all of the facts. In particular, I focus on the interactions between the police and my client. Sometimes, the smallest details can make a difference between a stop being legal and illegal. Once the facts are gathered, I must make a decision about whether or not the police ...

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Wooden gavel and scales of justice

A common mistake often made in criminal cases is the blind acceptance of a witness as an expert. This is no more evident than in the case of Ray Krone. Ray was convicted and sentenced to die based upon the testimony of a dentist whose opinion was rooted in the faulty and inexact method of bite mark to teeth comparisons. ...

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