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Warrant for your Arrest? Beware of Expired Sentences Being Imposed!!!

It has very recently come to my attention Criminal cases - especially in Clermont & Hamilton Counties- that warrants for past allegations for people who were to appear in Court and failed to do such or were sentenced to time to serve their sentence but did not are being served these warrants as far back as you can imagine.  Technology has caught up with the old paper records folks.  They are reissuing outstanding warrants as far back as 30 years!

Can you get an OVI while riding a bike, motorcycle or even a scooter?

Now that the temperatures are finally warming up, many Ohio residents are eager to spend time outside. You can do all your favorite outdoor activities again, like hopping on your motorcycle or going for a bicycle ride.

Basic facts about prenuptial agreements

Happily ever after is no longer the typical wedding ending. With the divorce rate peaking at 55 percent in recent years, couples may want to consider planning their uncoupling before planning their wedding.

While some see a prenuptial or antenuptial agreement as a prediction of doom, others view it as a chance to lessen the blow of a possible future breakup. For people who consider suggesting a prenup prior to their wedding, knowing some basics about how it works may make the discussion go smoothly.

Was the testing equipment used in your DUI stop defective?

Machinery can fail. Tests can have errors. If a law enforcement officer gave you a breath test during your traffic stop on suspicion of DUI, were the results accurate?

A breath device test problem that developed in Philadelphia shows how a simple equipment issue could affect the outcome of not just one DUI case, but hundreds.

A guide to divorcing peacefully

You may believe an ugly divorce is inevitable, but that is not necessarily true. If you and your ex both dedicate yourselves, you may be able to have a peaceful divorce. It is possible to be decent to one another and minimize the grief.

Ending your marriage without a drawn-out battle may sound implausible, but you may be surprised. Here are a few steps to take to achieve a civil and smooth split.

What is constructive possession of drugs?

People's perception of drugs, particularly marijuana, has changed radically in Ohio and across the nation. As you know, our state is in the process of implementing the legality of medical marijuana. Nevertheless, other types of drug possession remain illegal. If convicted of drug possession, you could face serious penalties, including substantial jail time depending on the kind and quantity of drugs law enforcement officials allege you possessed at the time of your arrest.

In order for you to receive a drug possession conviction, the prosecutor needs to prove that you actually possessed drugs. It may surprise you to learn that there is a way (s)he can do this even if officers did not find the drugs in your pocket(s) or elsewhere on your person.

How the use of prescription drugs led to the opioid epidemic

The use of opium has been banned since 1905, but derivatives such as morphine, heroin, codeine, methadone and synthetic opiates are still prevalent today. Although the use of opioids is strictly regulated by several government agencies, prescription drug abuse is at an all time high.

From legal use to uncontrolled addiction

Things to know about a child support modification

The proper care and provision of a child is a big concern of the courts. For this reason, they take child support modifications very seriously.

If you or your ex-partner seek a modification in the set child support agreement, it is important to understand all of the aspects of the process. There are a few key things you should know about child support modifications in Ohio.

How big of a deal is a DUI/OVI?

When happy hour turns into "how did it get so late," it can be easy to make the decision to hurry up and drive yourself home. After all, you have to work in the morning. But when this choice turns into an arrest for DUI/OVI, you may be rethinking everything.

On one end of the spectrum, it can feel like the worst mistake you've ever made. On the other end, you know at least three other people who have gotten DUIs. You also wonder if perhaps it would just be easier to plead guilty, deal with the repercussions, and put this embarrassing incident behind you. You keep wondering, just how big of a deal is a DUI/OVI?

Why Working With Your Ex On A Custody Plan May Be The Best Choice

When you are going through a divorce, emotions are already high. While some divorces are more contentious than others, none are ever easy. If children are involved, it’s even more complicated. Not only are you dealing with your own myriad of feelings, you have your children’s emotional well-being to consider as well.

Your kids have always been, and will continue to be, your top priority. So when it comes to custody, it seems impossible to remove emotion from the equation. Any lingering anger, animosity or resentment you feel for your ex comes bubbling back to the surface when you think about losing time with your kids.

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