At Dearie, Fischer & Mathews, LLC, we know that good people make mistakes, which can sometimes land them in Court and even in jail or prison. Unfortunately, even after you have paid your debt to society, a charge or conviction on your record can complicate many aspects of your life, including getting a new job, obtaining certain professional licenses, obtaining housing, and gaining admission to schools.
If passed, proposed Ohio Senate Bill 160 would make expungements available for crimes that are currently not elligible for expungment. The proposed bill could give more people an opportunity to put their criminal past behind them, and move forward with a fresh start.
Ohio has relatively broad laws permitting firearms as compared to other states. As with any dangerous tool, however, ownership of a firearm comes with rules and responsibilities for the owner. One of which, as with motor vehicles, is the imperative that you not use your weapon while intoxicated.
Ohio law allows the transport of weapons in cars both by those with a concealed carry license and those without. There are, however, laws regulating the handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and failure to adhere to these laws could result in serious fines, jail time, loss of a concealed carry license, or even the right to open carry.
Ohioans convicted of felony or misdemeanor crimes of Domestic Violence face a possible lifetime restriction on the possession, purchase, sale, or transport of firearms.
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.
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.
I Have Just Received a Subpoena to Testify in Court in Ohio. What Do I Do Next?
What is a subpoena?
A subpoena is an action or a document that requires an individual to appear as a witness or to produce evidence to the court.
Subpoenas are issued in both civil and criminal matters. In a civil proceeding, the parties to the case are usually individuals and/or businesses who are engaged in a lawsuit. In criminal cases, the parties are the state and a person or persons charged with committing a crime. The subpoena is issued to someone who is not a party to the case, but who can give valuable testimony in some form.
Sealing Your Record - Past Criminal Cases Don't Have to Haunt You
If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony or misdemeanor, you may be able to wipe it off your record. The Ohio Revised Code provides for the sealing of a criminal record, also called expungement. The law sets out the rules and the process that must be followed when trying to seal your record. For example, before you can ask the Court to seal your record, there are time periods that you have to wait after your case has ended. You also must show the Court that you have been successfully rehabilitated, which usually means that you have kept out of trouble since your conviction. Once your record is sealed, no member of the public can access it. It is like your conviction never happened. To discuss the details of sealing your record through expungement, or to see if you qualify to have your record sealed, contact an attorney with Dearie, Fischer & Mathews today.