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Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do

Police officers need to follow the law just like ordinary citizens. There is no special card or free pass officers get that allows them to break the law whether they are on or off duty. Just like you and me, if an officer commits a crime and is found guilty, he or she will have… read more

What Happens If I Violate Ohio’s Coronavirus Mask Mandate?

To combat the spread of the coronavirus, mask mandates have become quite common among many of the nation’s states. To date, 30 states have some kind of mask requirement with all sorts of variations related to enforcement and who exactly must wear a mask.  Ohio is one of those 30 states, with governor Mike DeWine… read more

How Does Bail Work in Ohio?

In Ohio, if you are arrested and charged with a crime, you might be required to post bail. This is the process imposed by the court to allow you to leave jail while ensuring you return for future hearings in your case. Bail is collateral that a person accused of a crime gives to the… read more

Gun Shot Residue Evidence Isn’t Always A Smoking Gun

If you have seen a television or movie murder trial, those theatrical interpretations of an actual murder trial may have included references to gunshot residue. References to gunshot residue (GSR) are common in crime dramas. The police and the prosecution make a big deal about the defendant having GSR on his hands or his close…. read more

Am I Being Detained? 6 Questions You Should Ask During Interactions with the Police

Interactions with the police can be frightening and tense. You do not want to say something that can make matters worse, but you do not want the police officers to arrest you for obstructing justice. It is always a good thing to remember that you can remain silent and can have a criminal defense attorney… read more

3 Charged After 80 Kilos of Cocaine Seized From Dayton Used Car Dealer

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, law enforcement agents seized 80 kilograms of cocaine from a Dayton used car dealer. Law enforcement agents arrested three men on federal drug trafficking charges. One of the men co-owns the used car dealership in Dayton. Several law enforcement agencies were involved… read more

How Safe is Dayton, OH?

Civil unrest and protests calling for police reform have made many people question whether Dayton is a safe place right now. In response to some of the civil unrest, Ohio lawmakers might consider a “Stand Your Ground” law. The law would give citizens the right to use deadly force in self-defense. The proposed bill would… read more

Dayton Crime Down Thanks to Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic caused many unintended consequences. Some of the consequences of a pandemic were expected, such as high rates of unemployment and overloads of our health care system. However, some consequences may not have been as apparent when the pandemic began. While police officers throughout the country, including the Struthers Police Department, posted requests… read more

Is CBD Oil Legal in Ohio?

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding CBD oil and its possible health benefits ever since a 2018 federal law decriminalized its use. As in almost every other state, it is legal to buy, sell, or possess CBD oil in Ohio. However, before you decide to use CBD oil, it’s important to know what CBD… read more

Is It Legal to Drive Barefoot in Ohio?

There are many public places in Ohio where you cannot go barefoot. However, it is legal to drive a car in Ohio without shoes. No federal or state laws make it illegal to drive barefoot in any state in the country. However, that does not mean you could not be charged with a crime or… read more