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.
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.
Last month, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President's Annual Superstar Seminar was held at the Historic Ohio Statehouse following the election of Attorney Jon Saia as OACDL President. Among the urgent topics discussed at the seminar was the return of the death penalty to Ohio.
On June 13, 2016, Governor Kasich signed S.B. 204 into law, making driver's license suspensions in drug cases discretionary rather than mandatory. The old law required a judge to suspend the driver's license of anyone convicted of a drug offense, even a minor misdemeanor possession charge. Advocates of the change in the law have argued for years that the mandatory suspension made no sense as a punishment when a drug possession is completely unrelated to the operation of a vehicle.
The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives recently passed legislation regarding license suspensions for drug offense convictions.
If you have a friend or relative who has been incarcerated, you want them home as soon as possible. Judicial Release is one way in which an incarcerated individual may be able to come home early.
The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. is very pleased to announce that two of our attorneys have been nominated as candidates for leadership positions in the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For the 2015-2016 year, Attorney Jon Saia has nominated for President-elect and Attorney Jessica D'Varga has been nominated for Secretary.
The Fourth Amendment has been a hot topic in criminal law lately, and the Ohio Supreme Court just added another citizen-friendly case to the books.
There has been much talk this year that Ohio may legalize marijuana in the very near future. But, how close are we, really?
Civilian recordings of interactions with law enforcement have been all over the news lately. Many citizens have come to the conclusion that using a cell phone to record a traffic stop or other police confrontation is the only way to ensure that their rights are protected and that an officer does not overstep legal boundaries.