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What are the steps for criminal cases in Ohio?

If you are arrested for a drug-related crime, you are not going to just head to court to defend yourself. Whether you go through the federal system or the Ohio state system, there will be several steps before you even get to a trial.

Let's imagine you are arrested and charged under Ohio laws. Your case will go through the state courts and will follow Ohio criminal procedure. The rules of criminal procedure can be found here, but in this post, we will highlight some of the steps that come before trial.

Students: Don’t let a spring break mistake ruin your future

Many students across Ohio were enjoying a week off for spring break this week; others have vacation scheduled for the weeks ahead. Whenever you have time off, your plan is likely to relax, have fun and enjoy a break from the demands of work and school.

However, just because you are on vacation does not mean that rules no longer apply. Whether you are heading somewhere warm or staying right here in Ohio, you must remember that you can still face criminal charges if you are arrested for breaking the law.

Don't let an OVI ruin your career before it has even started

You're in college, and you like to go out and have some fun with your friends. Who doesn't? You're seniors, after all, so close to the end of your time in school and getting ready to start your careers. This is one of your last chances to really soak it all in and enjoy your life before that transition.

Then you try to drive home from the bar after having too much to drink. You get pulled over and arrested. Suddenly, that career that you were about to start is in serious jeopardy. There are numerous ways that an OVI can wreck your career before it even gets off the ground.

Juvenile delinquents and penalties: Harsher isn't always better

When people think about juvenile crimes or offenders, they often imagine unruly teens who might be skipping class, drinking or using drugs. However, in the legal context, "juvenile" refers to anyone under the age of 18 and "crimes" refer to any violation of the law.

With all that in mind, we draw your attention to a troubling story from another state involving a group of kids, none of whom are older than 11. According to reports, investigators believe that five children were involved in causing major damage to a day care center and possibly stealing several electronics from a Girls and Boys Club.

3 things to remember if you are faced with sex crime allegations

If you are accused of a sexually based offense in Ohio, you are likely already aware of how quickly your world can cave in around you. With one accusation, you can lose your job, your standing in the community, relationships with your loved ones, and your freedom.

This fallout can make it seem like you have already been found guilty, and you may just feel tempted to give up. However, before you do that, you need to remember three things.

You can get a DUI even when you don’t feel drunk

When people think of drunk drivers, they often imagine someone swerving around the road, unable to see straight or speak clearly. Yes, there are drivers who are this intoxicated who are arrested for drunk driving, but the fact is that many people who are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence may not even realize they are drunk.

As an example, let’s imagine you go out with some friends after work. You hang out for a couple hours and have a few drinks, then get in your car and drive home. You may feel completely sober and don’t even consider the thought that you may be too drunk to drive. However, you could be just barely over the legal limit.

Digital behaviors have very real consequences

Despite the fact that millennials have grown up with technology like smartphones, social media and the Internet, there are still many young people who fail to properly assess the risks associated with these tools. 

Between trends like early adoption of new apps and the constant changes of the tech landscape, it can be easy for juveniles to make mistakes like assuming they are anonymous when they are not. Add in the fact that young people aren't always mature enough to appreciate the long-term consequences of bad decisions and it is no surprise that students wind up in some serious trouble when their digital activities are unlawful.

Arson case brings up bigger issue of health care and privacy

Every criminal allegation should be taken seriously by the people who are charged. This means aggressively challenging the prosecution's case and fighting tooth-and-nail to protect the accused's rights.

This is harder to do in some cases when unique circumstances are involved. For instance, a recent case right here in Ohio has sparked disputes over whether a man's pacemaker can be used as evidence in a criminal case.

Don't let youthful mistakes derail your life

When you're young, life is a limitless series of possibilities spooling out in front of you. As you grow up and encounter specific life experiences, some of those paths may close permanently to you depending of the decisions you make.

Such is the case for young adults whose youthful indiscretions include brushes with the law for drug offenses or drinking and driving convictions. It can be hard to imagine one bad night in your 20s dogging you well into your 40s and beyond, yet this happens all the time.

College students face two damaging sexual assault scenarios

Being in college can be an exciting transition for any young person. But it can be a difficult period to navigate, as students are often legally adults but they are still making some unwise decisions because they may be too immature to fully appreciate the consequences.

One could certainly point to this environment as a factor in cases involving college sexual assault allegations and the confusion that often surrounds them. Young people are experimenting with drinking, drugs and sexual behaviors without the fears of parental interference. In the event that a social situation goes too far, college students can find themselves in one of two scenarios.

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