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Lebanon Ohio Legal Blog

Driving Stoned: Marijuana DUI-OVI in Ohio

After my last article about medical marijuana, I had a number of people ask me for more details about how you can be charged with a DUI for marijuana.

Most people are familiar with the .08 limit for alcohol, but marijuana limits are tested and calculated differently. 

And one thing to watch out for:  You may not feel "impaired" from marijuana, but you could test over the DUI limit days or even a month after having used the drug.    

How to Hire a DUI Lawyer You Can Trust: Lebanon Attorney Explains

If convicted of DUI, will I go to jail? 

How much does a DUI lawyer cost? 

Will my license be suspended? 

How do I find a lawyer with experience defending DUI?  

Jim Dearie answers these and many other questions you may have.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Lebanon or Mason, Ohio, or in any of the surrounding counties, I understand what you are going through right now. So much is at stake - and it can be scary and confusing trying to get through the mire of information available about what to do next.

Most people who are charged with a DUI have many questions. They often have an understanding that they should hire an attorney but don't really know how to go about it.

What is 'Attorney-Client Privilege'?

Attorney-client privilege in the news.

Recent events in the news have called attention to the meaning of the attorney-client privilege. On April 9, a federal magistrate judge issued a search warrant allowing the FBI to raid offices of attorney Michael Cohen and seize records including attorney-client communications. Mr. Cohen is the personal attorney of President Trump. Questions have since arisen as to whether there has been a violation of the attorney-client privilege in this case. Attorneys on both sides continue to argue about what information seized in the raid will be covered by the privilege and what information, if any, can be disclosed to the court, opposing counsel, and the public.

Appeals Court Says Attorneys Can No Longer Withdraw if Appeal Is Frivolous


A court of appeals in Mahoning County has ruled that an attorney appointed for purposes of a criminal appeal may no longer seek to withdraw from the appeal if the attorney believes that the appeal is frivolous. That attorney must now either try to convince the defendant to dismiss the appeal or, failing that, the attorney must raise some argument with the appeals court.

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Juvenile Law

Parents' Concerns

We understand the concerns that parents face when they learn their child has been arrested or is under investigation for breaking the law. Aside from immediate concerns of protecting the child's safety and privacy, parents can worry that their child's future could be impacted by a troubling legal record. Our experienced attorneys have helped thousands of juvenile clients and their parents with defense strategies that protect the child's rights during any investigation and court proceedings, and minimize the problems an arrest can have on a child's future.

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The Police are Investigating Me for a Crime and Want to Interview Me. Should I Talk to Them?

Should I talk to the police?

No, you should not. I spoke about this in a previous post about invoking your right to talk to a lawyer. But I still get a lot of questions about this, so I'd like to expand.

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Governor Kasich Expands the Definition of Domestic Violence

The legislature has recently voted to expand the definition of "domestic violence" in Ohio. Up until now, Ohio restricted the definition of domestic violence to include only relationships between family members and others who resided in the same household. Following a national trend that has been developing for nearly a decade, the new Ohio law extends rights and responsibilities to those in dating relationships, even if the two never shared the same residence.

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The difference between fault and no-fault divorces

If you are planning on getting divorced, it helps to know what your options are as you begin the process. There are many ways you may pursue a divorce depending on your relationship and the state laws that manage divorce proceedings. Ohio is a unique state that recognizes both fault and no-fault divorces.

Irreconcilable differences

Divorces based on irreconcilable differences are an example of a no-fault divorce. All you need to provide the court is a reason such as this as to why you are filing for a divorce. There is no further evidence required to move the process forward. However, there may be a required waiting and separation period to ensure you are confident about your legal decision.

Business Law: Successful Verdict

Attorney John Fischer Wins Jury Verdict for Local Business

A jury has awarded over $40,000 to a local heating and air conditioning business represented by the attorneys of Dearie, Fischer & Mathews. Attorney John Fischer litigated the matter of The Furnace Man Heating & Cooling LLC, et al. v. Nidal Saba, et al., in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to the successful jury verdict after a three-day trial. The case involved non-payment for the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system. If your business is involved in a dispute, don't trust your case to just anyone. Call the business law attorneys of Dearie, Fischer & Mathews today.


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