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What to do when a cop pulls you over for a traffic violation

Being pulled over by a cop can be an intimidating experience. Despite the frantic feelings you may have, it is important to remain calm and prevent the situation from escalating.

Consider the following tips when getting ready to speak with the police officer.

DF&M Attorney Receives Professional Award from Lebanon Chamber

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One of our partners, Adam Mathews, has been honored with the 2018 Young Professional Award from the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce. The Young Professional Award recognizes a highly motivated, emerging leader that exemplifies the mission of the Chamber and a demonstrated commitment to the Lebanon community through civic and business involvement. 

Teenagers: Your penalties for street racing in Ohio

Many new drivers face temptation to drive at high speeds on Ohio roadways, especially if they drive expensive or fast cars. When individuals engage in races on the road, it creates an environment that could lead to disaster. Drag racing can cause serious car accidents, resulting in significant bodily injuries or death.

Not only can individuals that engage in racing on the roadway face life-threatening injuries, they subject themselves to harsh penalties through Ohio court. It is essential that all drivers abide by traffic laws, so that other drivers and pedestrians have access to safe roads. Should you or your teenager face penalties for drag racing on highways or side streets, you want to seek the expertise of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Especially as a young driver, penalties received now can impact driving rights in the future.

Why do juveniles confess to crimes they didn't commit?

Whether due to police tactics or a child's state of mind, ample evidence has shown that juveniles are more likely to make false confession compared to adults. In fact, according to the National Registry of Exonerations' study, 38 percent of juveniles who were later exonerated were found to have falsely confessed. What causes teens to wrongfully incriminate themselves?

Dearie, Fischer & Mathews Welcomes Matt Nolan to the Team

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Matt Nolan has been an active attorney and public servant since 2008. As an assistant prosecutor for Warren County he represented public agencies in civil matters across the County. As an assistant City Prosecutor, Matt has helped protect Mason and Deerfield Township and uphold the criminal laws of the State. He is an active member of the Warren County Bar Association.

Your Day in Court - Defending your DUI charge

You've been charged with DUI in Ohio. You can be scared, not knowing what the legal process holds in store.   Jim Dearie, with Dearie, Fischer & Mathews, explains what to expect during the court proceedings.  With 25 years experience as a defense lawyer, Jim can guide you through the process, every step of the way.  


Charged With DUI in Ohio? We Can Help.

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Today I want to address those of you who have been charged with DUI in Ohio.  DUI is now known as OVI - "Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs."

When this short video is over, you will have a good idea about why you have been charged with OVI, or the legal reasoning underlying your charge.

In a subsequent video, I'll tell you what you should do next to protect yourself from jail, a driver's license suspension and the other potential consequences of an OVI conviction.

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

man-breathalyzer.jpgIf 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.


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