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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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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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The 360 Degree Approach to DUI Defense

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

There are lots of attorneys who handle DUI’s. And, for better or worse, there are lots of people who need attorneys for DUI’s. But all too often, people view DUI as a one-dimensional problem. It’s an easy mistake to make. Just find an attorney to handle the DUI problem, and the rest will take… Read More »

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Juvenile Injustice – Appeal filed on behalf of John Staley III in U.S. District Court of Appeals, Franklin County, Ohio on August 3, 2018

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

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States “A child is… Read More »

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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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