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Understanding Gun Laws in Ohio

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

Welcome to 2017, where you can have your smart phone out in a meeting, your child on a leash, and your bluetooth in your ear wherever you go. But what about carrying a weapon? Well that’s where your liberties get a little murky. Recently, Ohio passed a brand new gun law that could affect… Read More »

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The Ohio Opioid Epidemic

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

As the number of accidental overdoses continues to climb in the state of Ohio, the people selling these drugs are finding themselves at risk of more than just dealing and trafficking charges. Dealers of heroin and the even deadlier Fentanyl could potentially face charges of involuntary manslaughter. Let’s take a closer look at this… Read More »

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Don’t Text & Drive (It’s the Law)

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

Ohio has just passed a new law in order to reduce the number of device-related car accidents in this state. As of Friday, July 29, 2017, the use of a “handheld electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication” is prohibited and punishable by law. In the United States, an… Read More »

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Addiction is a Mental Illness (& it Can Affect the Outcome of Your Case)

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

Deciphering the relationship between between substance abuse and mental illness is tricky business. The two can live independently of each other. But often, it’s a dual diagnosis, meaning both issues exist at the same time, which leads to questions of how the two conditions interact and feed on each other. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK… Read More »

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How Crime Scene Errors Affect Your Case

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

Forensic Science Consultant, Gary A. Rini, M.F.S, D.A.B.F.E., explains various ways crime scene errors can affect your case. Copyright: fergregory / 123RF Stock Photo Raise your hand if you think that a single hair follicle found at the crime scene is enough evidence to convict in a court of law. (Don’t worry. You’re not… Read More »

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May 11th

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

One year ago today, on May 11, 2016 (5/11), I became the owner of the building at 511 South High, right on the corner of High Street and Blenkner Street in Columbus, Ohio.  I first walked into this building in 1993 as a first-year law student.  That’s when I first met Bill Meeks, who… Read More »

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What Should I Do If My Significant Other Becomes Violent?

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

Navigating the Complexities of Domestic Abuse Domestic violence is a sensitive topic, and produces complex cases in the legal system.  What can you do to defend yourself if you find yourself in this situation? When should you call the police on your significant other? Whether you’re a man or woman, if you are being… Read More »

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3 Tips to Enjoy Spring Drinking Season Without Getting a DUI

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

What would a Columbus criminal defense attorney do? The weather is warming up and with it, “spring drinking season” is upon us. St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and patio weather are all quickly approaching which means there’s almost always an excuse to grab a drink.  Along with the excitement of ridding ourselves of cabin… Read More »

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Top 5 Surprising Reasons You Can Get Arrested at a Columbus Festival

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

And why you should call a Columbus criminal defense lawyer if you are. As the weather warms up, so do the music festivals. It’s easy to get lost in the music and the vibe and feel like you’ve been transported to another place. Just remember, the law still applies in this magical music wonderland…. Read More »

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Why this Columbus drunk driving lawyer believes OVI blood tests are unconstitutional

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

Supreme Court to decide whether DUI tests without warrants are an invasion of privacy As a practical matter, OVI (drinking and driving defense) is one of the most complex areas of law. As a drunk driving lawyer in Columbus, I should know. There are scientific issues, factual issues, Fourth Amendment issues, and (perhaps most… Read More »

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