Legal Blog & Information

Is It Legal to Live in a Camper in Your Backyard?

For many Americans, the freedom of being able to travel wherever they want is the main attraction of RV ownership. However, not all prospective RV owners fall into this category. Some want to buy an RV to park it in their backyard and move into it permanently – simplifying their lives and reducing their costs… read more

Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney

Lawyers and attorneys are a lot like insurance. You hope you don’t need them, but you’re a whole lot better off with them on your side when the going gets tough. While it’s common to use the terms “lawyer” and “attorney” interchangeably, there’s actually a difference between the two.  Knowing the difference is not only… read more

Falsely Accused of a Crime? Keep These 5 Things in Mind

Before testifying in court, witnesses take an oath to “tell the truth and nothing but the truth.” The problem is that people often do not keep their word. False accusations – especially ones alleging that you committed a crime – can be devastating. In addition to ruining your professional life, tall tales can also wreak… read more

What Happens If I Get Caught With Weed in Ohio?

Even though half of American adults have tried it, recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in Ohio. Efforts have been successful in some Ohio cities for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot. However, you’re still facing legal consequences if an Ohio police officer charges you with illegally possessing marijuana. The range of… read more

How to Stay Safe on Blackout Wednesday

You’ve probably heard of Black Friday, but there’s far less fanfare about the night before Thanksgiving. However, this is one of the busiest times on the road, and it’s made increasingly dangerous due to higher rates of alcohol consumption. In fact, Thanksgiving eve has been dubbed by many as “blackout Wednesday.” Now, law enforcement is… read more

What Are the Penalties for Having a Fake ID in Ohio?

Using a fake ID may seem like an age-old tradition – even a rite of passage of sorts – for many young people. Fake identification laws, though, are a serious matter in the eyes of law enforcement. Whether the fake ID is used to skirt the law for underage drinking, buy tobacco products or similar… read more

Four Defenses to Statutory Rape

In most intimate relationships, almost anything is legal as long as both parties give their consent. In the eyes of the law, a person’s ability to give consent is what’s most important. Here in Ohio, the age of consent is 16. That’s the minimum age when a person is considered old enough to understand what… read more

Understanding Abortion Laws in Ohio

Without a doubt, abortion is one of the most intensely debated issues in the country. Even though the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1973 essentially made abortion legal, some states – including Ohio – have placed restrictions on the procedure. What Is Abortion? Simply put, abortion is the… read more

How Long Does Alcohol Stay On Your Breath?

According to a 2015 news report, more Ohio drivers are refusing to take breathalyzer tests when pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. The penalties for refusing a breathalyzer test in Ohio is a year suspension of your driver’s license. But, the alternative may be to provide evidence against yourself in a DUI case.  The… read more

Is a DUI a Felony?

In Ohio, it is illegal to operate any motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you’re stopped while driving drunk, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). DUI, which is also known as Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI), is a serious crime that can potentially affect you for… read more