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You can get an OVI even if you were legally prescribed medication

The state of Ohio takes a dim view of those who operate motor vehicles while drunk or under the influence of any drug. Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) charges can have serious, long-lasting repercussions for drivers in Ohio. You could face fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Some people are mistakenly under the impression that drugs that a doctor prescribed are not subject to OVI enforcement. That misconception can result in you facing serious criminal charges. In the state of Ohio, you can face OVI charges and a conviction for an OVI even for legal prescription drugs.

Many substances that are legally prescribed by a doctor can have an impact on your ability to drive safely. Drugs from pain medications and sleep aids to cold medicine and even drugs like benzodiazepines and other psychiatric drugs can cause delayed reaction times and issues with safe driving. If you or someone that you love is facing criminal OVI charges because of a prescribed medication, an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney can help you explore options for a defense against these serious charges.

Common defenses to drunk driving in Ohio

Drunk driving is serious and something that law enforcement agencies are doing their best to curb. Being pulled over for a DUI stop can be scary and stressful, especially for those who have never been pulled over by a police officer. Being arrested and charged with DUI does not have to be the end of the road for you. There are defenses to drunk driving that can be used in court to have the charges reduced or dropped.

One of the most common defenses of drunk driving is looking into the validity of the traffic stop. Was there probable cause for the police officer to stop your vehicle? Was there an active DUI checkpoint that the police failed to notify the public about when you were stopped? If any of these questions come with a 'yes' answer, you could present this defense in court.

What are the common signs of divorce?

Divorce is a touchy subject for some, even with the stigma pretty much no longer present. As a couple's marriage hits rocky patches, some will go down the road of reconciliation, while others will move towards divorce. So, what are the common signs of divorce in Ohio?

A big sign of divorce is when one or both spouses stops sharing information with the other. This can be as minor as everyday thoughts or as major as keeping a promotion from them. Spouses love to share information with each other and it is what keeps a marriage healthy. When the sharing of information stops, the couple could be headed for divorce.

5 steps to a strong estate plan

Estate planning is something that should not be taken lightly. It is a very important aspect of life that should not be overlooked, no matter your age. You can begin planning your estate the minute you are hired for your first job out of college. Estate plans should be updated as you experience different life events, such as marriage, the birth of children, divorce and more. Here are five steps to a strong estate plan.

Create a revocable living trust. This will prevent your estate from going to probate upon your death. A trust will help your family save time and money on inheritance fees. The trust will name your inheritors, which means they will receive your property in a timely manner upon your death.

How you can make probate easier for your loved ones

Many people hear the word "probate" as a negative, as in "You want to avoid probate." Actually, probate occurs after someone dies whether he or she had a valid will or not. However, having a will and a detailed estate plan in place can save considerable money, time and stress on family members and other loved ones.

If there is a valid will, the court will review it. If all is in order, the person's assets will be distributed as he or she designated. If there is no will, a person is considered to have died "intestate." In that case, the court will determine how the assets are distributed, sometimes based in part on testimony of family members.

Driving while drugged in Ohio

When people think of driving while under the influence, the first thing to come to mind is usually alcohol. While alcohol is still the most common intoxicant in intoxicated driving cases, these is a rising trend that is causing lots of people large amounts of concern: driving while drugged.

Even though alcohol itself is also a drug, driving while under the influence of other controlled substances (DUID) can also lead to accidents, severe legal and civil penalties, even if the drugs are legal. As drug use in general continues to increase, it is good to know about the possible impacts of drug use on driving and the potential consequences.

Cleveland man sent to prison for break-ins

A jury in Summit County found a Cleveland man guilty of the charges filed against him for a rash of break-ins at local businesses. The defendant, who decided to represent himself in court, was sentenced in the Summit County Common Pleas Court to four and a half years in prison.

The defendant was charged with four counts of breaking and entering. He was also charged with possessing criminal tools, receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and obstructing official business. During the trial, the charges of possession of criminal tools and driving under suspension were dismissed.

Tips for financial success during and after a divorce

A divorce can drastically impact your finances now and after the final court order. Property division, support payments and court costs have the potential to severely affect your quality of life. 

Fortunately, with proper planning from the start, you can keep the financial blow of a divorce under control. You can not only work to prevent financial pitfalls, but also plan for your future financial success.

Don't let your St. Patrick's Day celebrating lead to a OVI

For many people, St. Patrick's Day is a time for celebration - whether they have Irish ancestry or not. This celebrating often includes drinking alcohol, as it is the fourth most popular drinking holiday in the U.S., behind New Year's Eve, Christmas and Independence Day.

In Ohio and throughout the United States, people drink too much on St. Patrick's Day and make the unfortunate decision to drive drunk. If you get pulled over for an OVI or serious car accident can put a tragic end to your celebration. Learn ways to plan ahead of the celebrations this year and how to protect yourself if you are arrested.

Is A Will Enough?

When it comes to estate planning, many people think that a will is all they need. In some cases, that is true. However, wills are limited in terms of what they can do. For many people, a will is simply not enough to achieve their estate planning goals.

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