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January 2017 Archives

Change in cause of death may lead to reduced OVI charges

Criminal charges are dependent on evidence. A prosecutor must prove the elements of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt. If one of the elements of a crime is missing or is not proven, the case against a suspect typically fails. This is why in cases involving drugs, questions are often raised concerning how the police obtained the drugs, and sometimes, whether the substances are even illegal drugs.

4 questions teen offenders may have about the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment helps protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, regardless of age, gender, race or other factors. Under it, police must have reasonable suspicion to search homes, make arrests, and take other actions. In many cases, they also require a warrant, handed out by a judge, before acting.

Dog sniff at traffic stop leads to three arrested for drugs

When most people think of a traffic stop, the probably think of a driver being pulled over for speeding or some other obvious traffic offense. While the police here in Cleveland and elsewhere in Ohio do stop drivers for those violations, traffic stops provide police a large opportunity to engage in more serious criminal law enforcement.

Sex crimes ruling in St. Louis could affect Ohio convicts

A ruling in nearby St. Louis could have significant impact on the way that alleged sex offender cases are handled in neighboring states, including Ohio. A recent ruling out of the federal appeals court in St. Louis determined that Minnesota's practice of holding sex crimes convicts past their sentenced prison terms protects the public, essentially compromising the rights of those who have been sentenced. Attorneys and civil rights advocates are dismayed at the ruling, which they say undoes about five years of work in attempting to protect convicts who fall under the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

Ohio Good Samaritan law may not protect against drug charges

Laws throughout the state of Ohio that are designed to protect people reporting drug overdoses may actually lead to unfair prosecution, according to legal experts. Authorities say that the drug charges are stemming from so-called "Good Samaritan" laws, remain a mystery to prosecutors and may actually prevent concerned citizens from calling 911. Each county in Ohio is responsible for figuring out how to implement the law, which is designed to protect those who act in good faith to help in the event of an overdose.

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