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.
It's time for cookouts, fireworks, and probably a couple of refreshments. Be aware that law enforcement is on high alert on holiday weekends. Would you know what to do you if your car is pulled over after you've had a couple of drinks?
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.