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Could I be convicted of domestic violence if I spank my child?

The quick answer to that question is, maybe. It depends on the specific circumstances of the case that prosecutors are looking to make and on the legal defense that is mounted on your behalf.

The potential consequences of a charge of domestic violence are far reaching. And they are not necessarily limited to the aspects of the sentence that could be handed down by the court if a jury finds you guilty. All you have to do is look at the cases of professional football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson to know that the fall out can begin well before any evidence is ever presented at trial. 

Optimal outcome on drug crime charge depends on knowing options

Most people prescribed powerful pain medications take them as directed and give them up without difficulty when the need for them subsides. But a small minority of individuals winds up getting hooked.

Addiction to prescription medications isn't a condition someone chooses. To suggest that it is would be to also suggest that those who fall prey to the problem have chosen to distance themselves from friends and family, give up on their jobs, and in some cases, opt for a life of petty crime to support their habit. 

Diversion as seen in Rice domestic violence case rare in Ohio

Domestic violence is an awful reality of our time. That's perhaps one reason why victims of such abuse enjoy strong legal protection under Ohio law. But in our system, where the right of the individual to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is enshrined in the Constitution, it is equally true that those charged with domestic violence deserve as robust a legal defense as can be mustered.

Every state approaches the prosecution of domestic violence in different ways. Take for example the case of NFL star Ray Rice. We suspect there are few readers who are unfamiliar with the matter. 

What does an Ohio divorced parent have to do to relocate?

We are a mobile society. It's easier to pick up and move today than it has ever been. The distance of the move is not restricted. With all the means of transportation available, it's easy to move to the other side of the world if that's needed or desired. And it doesn't necessarily require a lot of planning. Go to the airport. Buy a ticket. Wave goodbye.

The biggest limitations to such activities may well come down to family ties. In the case of families of divorce in Ohio and West Virginia the durability of those ties may be based largely in the shared parenting plan that has been put in place by court order. If one parent or the other does anything to violate the terms of the plan, the legal ramifications can be huge. 

Tips to avoid being a financial victim in divorce

The process of deciding that divorce is the right route for a couple to take tends to be one drenched in emotion. In the throes of such upheaval it's not uncommon for one or even both parties to feel they're being swept along, with no sense of control. There are so many questions that need to be answered and doing things in accordance with the law is critical.

It may be that you have both concluded that your key objective is to get through the hurdles with as little hassle as possible. Uncontested divorce may seem like the logical form and divorce mediation may be the means by which you achieve your ends.

Warning spreading to ERs about heroin-like drug

Heroin abuse is something that is on the radar screens of law enforcement authorities throughout Ohio. Do a search of the word "heroin" on The Columbus Dispatch website and you will see just how significant an issue the subject is in the state.

Any time public awareness is elevated this way, it tends to spark reaction from government and that certainly is happening in this instance. The result is that police are putting greater emphasis on trying to combat the drug. 

OVI arrests can earn you points, but that's not a good thing

If you are a newcomer to Ohio or even if you are a long-time resident, you might not be aware of all of the particulars of the law when it comes to driving.

Like most states, Ohio has a point system designed to identify and track potentially dangerous drivers. Each state's system is a little different, though, so what you might find yourself facing in the Buckeye State may be a bit different from what is experienced elsewhere.

Hopefully, today's post will provide some clarity about how you might earn points and what the negative implications are if you do.

Ohio sex crime sentencing battle headed for third appeal

There is a great deal of disagreement in the federal judicial system when it comes to sentencing individuals convicted on child pornography crimes. As evidence, just look at the case of a 71-year-old Ohio man out of Knox County.

He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a single count of possessing child pornography on his computer. Federal guidelines recommend that judges sentence those convicted on such a charge to from 63 to 78 months in prison. But, exercising his legitimate discretion, the judge sentenced the defendant to one day behind bars and 10 years of supervised probation. 

Support matters need special attention in Ohio divorce

If there is one thing that is constant in life, it is that there will be change. For a very long time, the standard notion of family in the U.S. had the father as the breadwinner and mom the homemaker. That was the norm in Ohio, West Virginia, and just about everywhere else.

But experts would likely agree that the description of the traditional family has undergone a tectonic shift. In some, the old model still holds. More often, these days, both parents are working to try to support the family. And in some instances, there's been a role reversal with mom the breadwinner and dad being the parent at home.

At the heart of all the various scenarios is the issue of money. 

Ohio man among 3 arrested in multi-state drug probe

The battle against drugs in Ohio is taken very seriously. The problem of drug abuse in the state has been described by some as being of pandemic proportions. Because of that, state lawmakers are in the midst of a holding a series of hearings across the state to examine the topic. The first of four, as the Wilmington News Journal reported, was held this week.

Of particular concern to officials is the spread of heroin in the state. It should come as no surprise, then, that authorities are pouring a lot of resources into doing what they can to clamp down on suspected drug dealing. One example of their efforts is evident in the recent reported arrests of at least four individuals on a variety of drug charges.

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