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Does an OVI show up on a background check?

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

In Ohio (and probably most other states) the run-of-the-mill DUI or OVI is a misdemeanor traffic offense.  That means it is not a criminal offense.  Notice the italics in traffic and criminal.  They are in italics because those are terms of art.  That means they have a specific legal definition. Traffic offenses are codified… Read More »

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360 degree approach to DUI/OVI defense

Will I go to jail for my First Offense OVI in Ohio?

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

One of the main philosophies of our justice system is deterrence.  The idea is to impose enough of a punishment for crimes to make others (who haven’t yet committed a crime) think twice. This happens in two ways.  First, some laws have mandatory penalties. Anyone who reads the law should know what will happen… Read More »

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Why I am a “Science Denier” (and that is exactly what you want from your criminal defense attorney)

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

“The impression that serious scientific problems are far beyond the understanding of the average man constitutes a serious obstacle to the growth of this public interest. A caste system of specialists has been created, and it has produced a sort of intellectual defeatism, so that the layman tends to think that the conclusions he… Read More »

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Defending Against the Hue and Cry of the Angry Mob

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

I have been representing people accused of all sorts of crimes for the past 25 years.  I have defended murder cases, arson cases, federal fraud cases, DUI cases, domestic violence cases, alleged school shooting cases, and just about every other criminal case imaginable.  Based on my experience, more people are wrongfully accused in cases… Read More »

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2020 Sucked. How to NOT Have a “Crappy” New Year in 2021.

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

The last time I was in Las Vegas gambling (maybe 6 years ago), I was on a streak in Blackjack.  It wasn’t a hot streak.  It was cold.  It was frigid.  It was frozen in deep cryo-freeze.  I was losing every hand, every time I sat down.  It didn’t matter if it were a… Read More »

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DUI and Covid

Of Wine and COVID

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

Governments have gone to great lengths to shutdown bars due to COVID.  But no matter the agenda, they can’t shut down drinking.  And the irony is that bars are “non-essential” (according to the government), but liquor stores are considered essential businesses.  And liquor sales are skyrocketing. So, folks are still drinking alcohol (and apparently… Read More »

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Will Ohio bars reopening after Ohio coronavirus shutdown lead to increase in DUI?

Ohio Coronavirus Shutdown Reopening and Being “Shot” out of a Cannon – A Surge in DUI’s?

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

After 8 weeks of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation, the world is starting to open around us.  Through some stroke of discretionary governor fiat, the business of criminal defense was deemed “essential.”  I’ve driven to the office every day.  For weeks the roads were virtually empty.  No busy commuters looking down at their phones, no… Read More »

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Ohio criminal court temporary shutdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus

What should I do during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Shutdown?

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

Here in Ohio, criminal courts are all but closed due to the Ohio coronavirus shutdown. That means that most courts are only handling things they deem as absolute necessities—like new arrests for violent offenses. The rest of the criminal dockets seem to be frozen in time. The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an order… Read More »

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5 Things to do the day after an OVI or DUI

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

1. Relax and Breathe. This may seem overly simple. But it’s important. An OVI or DUI is a traumatic experience. It is easy to let the negative thoughts take over. “I’m an idiot. I’m an alcoholic. My life is ruined. I’m going to lose my job. What am I going to tell my wife/husband/kids,”… Read More »

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360 degree approach to DUI/OVI defense

Top 10 Things Not to Say When Stopped For OVI (DUI)

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

We’ve heard and seen a lot over the years of defending OVI cases in Ohio. There are a few things that almost certainly make matters worse during or after an OVI or DUI stop. Just remember, everything is being recorded. All too often people become their own worst enemies. As we approach the summer… Read More »

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