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Suburban Columbus high school coach pleads guilty to OVI

A guilty plea has been entered. The sentencing is apparently yet to come later. But the consequences of a drunk driving conviction are already being felt by a suburban Columbus man.

According to news reports, the defendant appeared in Fairfield County Municipal Court last month and pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police allege that he swerved over the center line and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle. No one suffered injury as a result.


Troy girl to face possession charge over marijuana brownies

Concern over the prevalence of drugs in Ohio is the focus of a lot of attention in the state. From a public health perspective, the issue is that drug abuse -- especially of opioids -- has resulted in a rash of overdose deaths. Law enforcement has stepped up its efforts, cracking down to curb drug-related crimes of all kinds. Readers may recall a previous post about this not long ago.

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of news coverage about a legislative initiative being pushed by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Under his proposal, as WKBN and other outlets have reported, federal law that currently restricts the number of patients a medical practice can treat for drug addiction would be eased. The theory being that if addicts have more access to treatment it will mean fewer deaths and less crime.

What does a charge of 'gross sexual imposition' mean in Ohio?

The law is filled with language that can leave the average person at a disadvantage if they have to face the criminal justice system. In many instances, the language is archaic. Such is not quite the case with the criminal charge of gross sexual imposition. Most of the words are fairly self explanatory.

Many might be inclined to apply the concept of disgusting to the word "gross," but in the legal sense it is meant to suggest an action that was obviously wrong.

"Sexual" probably doesn't need much explanation, but for clarity's sake we offer this. As the Ohio Revised Code states, this word applies to anything that might be construed as "sexual contact." It does not have to involve actual intercourse.

Man's reproductive rights appeal dies in Ohio Supreme Court

When you think of father's rights the first thing that may come to mind are issues of child visitation or parenting time. The second thing that might surface are questions about child support, in terms of both setting appropriate levels and then making sure that those obligations are being consistently met.

But the scope of what can be covered by the umbrella of fathers' rights has the potential of being much broader than that. As we wrote in a blog post last June, there might be circumstances in which the term could apply to a man's reproductive rights. 

Options for divorce may exist despite Ohio ban on gay marriage

The issue of how to apply family law to same-sex a relationship is one that Ohio has not yet fully come to terms with yet. As most everyone likely knows, the state constitution bans marriages that are not between a man and a woman -- though court challenges in the works might see that changed.

At the same time, the last few years have revealed situations in which some judges in the state have seen their way clear to grant divorces to same-sex couples who were married in states where such unions are legal. 

What possible defenses exist for an Ohio drunk driving charge?

There was a time when drunk driving was considered little more than a nuisance. The issue has come to be regarded with a lot more concern these days. Every state, including Ohio, has adopted a number of common standards.

These include the .08 percent blood alcohol level as the threshold at which a person can be presumed to be operating a vehicle under the influence, and the notion of implied consent. That means that if you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, the presumption is that you have already said yes to an officer's request that you submit to a chemical test to take your blood alcohol content level.


Ohio Rx drug turn-in day yields more than 10 tons of pills

The issue of overuse and abuse of narcotic prescription pain killers is one that has garnered significant attention in recent years. According to the Ohio Department of Health the mortality rate due to painkiller overdoses was so high that in 2011, one person died every five hours.

The nature of the problem is so troubling that the state has been fighting back in a number of different ways. Laws have been passed aimed at curbing trafficking and possession and police are diligent in the enforcement of those laws. Many times, the defendants in such cases are average people who have been drawn into making bad decisions after getting hooked on the drugs themselves. 

Overdue child support bills now shadow big Ohio casino winners

The gambling industry is described by some as being rather young in Ohio. But a new legislative measure we wrote about recently suggests the business is coming of age. What that is expected to mean, according to the state's Department of Job and Family Services, is that some child support payments currently past due will be fulfilled.

At the time we published the article, the bill hadn't cleared all the legislative hurdles, but it has since. And as of last month, Ohio's four casinos joined other gambling enterprises in participating in the Department of Job and Family Services' "intercept program." 

Ohio drug paraphernalia charges nothing to scoff at

The flow of public opinion in the U.S. seems to be in the direction of at least decriminalizing, if not legalizing, marijuana. As of right now, some 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books allowing the use marijuana for medical reasons. Two states have even legalized the recreational use of the drug.

Ohio and West Virginia are not included on either of those lists. As the Marijuana Policy Project reports, there are attempts being made in both states to open the door to medical marijuana use, but they have not yet passed. What that means is that the full weight of the law can be applied by authorities and it often is. 

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. 

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