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Bill Cosby sexual assault case ends in a mistrial

One of the highest-profile criminal cases in years ended in a mistrial on Saturday. The jury in the Bill Cosby aggravated indecent assault case was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, as is required. They deliberated for a total of six days, first reaching a deadlock on Thursday. The judge asked them to return to deliberations, but they were ultimately unable to return a verdict.

Ohio Supreme Court: Warrantless search of student backpack was OK

If a high school student leaves his backpack on the bus, would it be fair for him or her to expect it to be left unopened? Would it put anyone in danger? What if there was a rumor the student was a gang member?

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.

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.

Ohio Death Penalty Discussed at OACDL President's Seminar

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.

Currently Under a License Suspension for a Drug Conviction? You May Be Entitled to Reinstatement of Your License

Jessica-Fallon-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngOn 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.

Judicial Release - Who Qualifies?

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.

Attorneys Jon Saia & Jessica D'Varga Nominated for OACDL Leadership Positions

Capture-OACDL-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngThe 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.

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