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Yavitch & Palmer has been practicing criminal defense in Columbus, Ohio and around the state for nearly 25 years, representing many good people in bad situations. Many of you might already know Steve Palmer from his Wednesday morning radio call-in show on 99.7 The Blitz. Now Steve, Jeff and Bill are sharing their insights, advice and opinions on the news and topics that are important to you in a weekly podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcast, iTunes, Spotify – or the links below – or listen to episodes here on our website – a new episode will be added each week!

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Episode 050 – Prosecutors are Lawyers Too…Just Ask Emily

Lawyers talking with the enemy. Swapping courtroom drama with a 10-year veteran prosecutor.  Reflections on murder, mayhem, and whether juries notice a male lawyer’s shoes as much as they notice a female lawyer’s shoes.  Emily shares her unique perspective on juries, defense lawyers and the justice system. Learn how (and why) she got out alive and survived the courtroom battlefield.

Episode 049 – The Art of a Trial

Witnesses are against you, the judge won’t admit your evidence – so how does a lawyer win what seems to be an impossible trial?

Steve, Jeff, Bill and Jared recently worked on a felony trial together and give you a blow-by-blow inside look at what actually went down. If you are a lawyer – you should listen to this. If you might need to hire a lawyer to defend you in court – you should definitely listen to this.

The guys talk focus groups, investigators, how to prepare, the importance of understanding people and reading the room, voir dire, mishaps with courthouse alarms, the pressure cooker of the courtroom, lawyer egos – and how to check them at the door.

Episode 048 – Labor Day Drinking, Swapping and Cooking With The Beard

Bonus episode for the holiday – hang with us this Labor Day weekend! We’re talking day-drinking, local swap meets, and of course – food!

Steve, Jeff and Jared talk the Swapper’s Meet in Johnstown this weekend, Flaming Beard Burgers, Jared’s meatloaf recipe, hot peppers and lots of cooking tips.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Episode 047 – Scooters + OSU Football = Tailgating Squared

Thinking about taking one of the new Lime or Bird scooters for a spin and want to know which is better? We tested both and give you a head-to-head comparison.

This weekend is a 3-day weekend, the start of OSU football – normally we are talking about red cups and tailgating – but now that these new scooters are now all over OSU’s campus and in the mix, we predict that this will create a “perfect storm” of increased mayhem.

Steve, Jeff and Jared talk reckless operation, DUI, bicycle law vs. scooter law, and good and bad scooter riders and why they remind us of the movie “Twister”.

Episode 046 – Scooters of Prey: The Millennial Force

“Everybody run – it’s a flock of Birds!”

Have you seen the scooters that are littering the city lately? Or perhaps you’ve witnessed – or been part of – one of the hair-raising stunts and near-collisions (and collisions)? The Bird and Lime scooters are sharing the roadways and sidewalks now in Columbus and many other cities – and throughout OSU’s campus. What are the legal and safety ramifications that surround this newer, Uber-ized, mostly unregulated mode of transportation?

Steve, Jeff and Jared cover everything from reckless operation, liability and what the problem is with trying to use a scooter to avoid a DUI – to DBDs (designated Bird drivers), bunny hopping, Bird-pooling, Bird-Littering –  just who are these battery-charging elves? – and Bird vs. Lime: when in doubt, joust!

Episode 045 – The Blinsky Chronicles -14- It’s a Wrap

The story of the chronicles have unfolded – so what’s next? Hint: a lot more fun stuff!

Years after the Nemesis, Agent X, a jaw-dropping verdict and the probation officer from hell, find out what’s been going on with Jared – and what’s next. Steve, Jeff and Jared talk losing fingers, “regular guy” clothes, the last Blockbuster, classic movies like Easy Money, Demolition Man, and Blade, making your own tools to fix things and how farm boy ingenuity helped the Americans win WWII, the Circle of Trust, OSU students and the new electric birds descending upon Columbus.

Steve, Jeff and Jared will be featuring many new people on Lawyer Talk with stories you won’t want to miss. And the guys share some of the fun new things they are planning, including hitting the streets  – maybe both literally and figuratively (you’ll soon see what we mean) – so stay tuned!

Got a story? Hit us up!  podcast@ohiolegaldefense.com

Episode 044 – The Blinsky Chronicles -13- The Pen and Probation – 30 Days in the Hole Part 2

Jared talks about the realities of federal prison and not having any control of your life, then what house arrest and probation were like. The guys talk strip searches, prison guards gone bad, when 30 days is too much and 5 years is not enough, doing weekly drops, when your probation officer is pulling for you to fail – and how to really disappoint him.

Episode 043 – The Blinsky Chronicles -12- The Federal Pen is the Federal Pen: 30 Days in the Hole

What is federal prison really like? What would you do if was pointed out to you on your first day that you are the only one there who is counting their time in days instead of years?

Hear a first-hand account from Jared about his time in the federal penitentiary as he talks with the guys about standing your ground, making friends, motorcycle club colors, translating restaurant skills into the realities of a prison kitchen job, “Not for human consumption” sardines as bedtime snacks, the recipe for mop-bucket apple pie, and the Fox News room at the Pen.

Episode 042 – The Blinsky Chronicles -11- Judgment Day: Sweat, Tears, and Who the Hell is Dick Wolf?

“I was like ‘man, he’s fighting for me….my future is at stake, right here, right now.’ You didn’t cookie-cutter it, and you went full-in…..and I thank you for that.”

“It was powerful….and people were hanging on every word.”

Blinsky Inc. The high life. Federal drug charges. Now, would the real Jared Blinsky please stand up?

Find out what actually happened at sentencing – long after the Chicken Man, Agent X and the Nemesis – when it boils down to a U.S. Attorney who wants to play last minute hardball, a federal judge, a mayor, a fireman, the real Jared Blinsky – and Dick Wolf.

Find out what actually went down on Judgment Day – you won’t believe your ears.

Episode 041 – The Blinsky Chronicles -10- Remember the Heroes

Who are you? Who were you before? Who will you become?

Before Agent X, before the Nemesis, Jared Blinsky was so moved by the events of 9/11 that in 2002 he created the annual Ride for Pride that has been taking place in central Ohio ever since. It’s primary purpose was to honor the men and women who served our country, and it peacefully brought together very diverse groups of bikers, including the Axemen, the Gunslingers, the Outlaws and B.A.C.A.. The ride grew each year to create the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury, Ohio, honoring all Ohio military killed in the war on terrorism.

Fast-forward to 2009 when Jared has been caught as “the ringleader” of an extensive local grow operation and has pled guilty to charges that carry a minimum 5-years federal prison sentence.  Will the judge be motivated to override the mandatory minimum? Wait til you hear the rest of the story…

The guys talk mitigation, throwing the horns, sentencing hearings, 51k, and adding color to the space-time continuum.

Episode 040 – The Blinsky Chronicles-9-Meet Your Nemesis

After pleading guilty to a federal crime, dealing with the pre-sentencing interview and report comes next. The probation officer writes a report that is meant to help the judge decide sentencing. But what if your probation officer doesn’t like you?

Jared talks frankly with Steve and Jeff about how his dyslexia and ADHD adversely affected this meeting. The guys talk coping strategies, knowing what’s in your checking account, allocution, the importance of really getting to know your client – and how to get a judge to look up at you over their glasses.

Episode 039 – The Blinsky Chronicles-8-Velvet Curtains and Constitutional Rights

Ever wondered what it would be like to be processed into a federal detention center, waiting prosecution? What federal court is like? Or what it would feel like if given the choice to give up some of your constitutional rights – for the rest of your life – in exchange for a few extra years of freedom?

In this eighth episode of The Blinsky Chronicles, Jared talks with the guys about brown paper bag socks, going from being the tough guy to asking God to walk with him for whatever came next, and the day he met Steve Palmer in person for the first time – and Steve’s surprising advice to Jared. “As you said it, you laid a hand on my shoulder, you looked into my eyes……and that made me breathe…”

Episode 038 – Red, White, and Bombed–Booze, Drugs, and Fireworks

Exercise your freedom to party while retaining your liberty this holiday – especially when it comes to the trifecta of reasons we see people in our office after the 4th of July celebrations: booze, drugs and fireworks. Whether you are going to be at Red, White and BOOM! or elsewhere, the guys share some pro tips to get through the holiday celebrating unscathed – as well as share some stories where plenty of scathing goes on..

Steve, Jeff and Jared talk Fireworks Wars, Red White and Blue shots, peaceful coexistence with police horses, Mid-Ohio, vintage motorcycles and the largest motorcycle swap meet in the country, monkey leashes, Solo cups vs. Dixie cups, if wall-to-wall traffic makes you a better driver, and Uber: the ultimate ‘stranger danger’ app?

Be safe and have a happy 4th everyone!

But if things end up taking a wrong turn and you need some problems solved, give us a call: 614 – 224 – 6142. You can ask for Steve, Jeff or Bill.

We’ll be here!

Episode 037 – DUI 360–#9–PBTs and Aussie Fraud

Are portable breath tests (PBTs) reliable? When are they used? Can you just say “no thank you” to one?

What if the people who were wearing guns and badges had the ability to fake the test results that could help land you in jail? Sound unbelievable? That’s exactly what was discovered in Australia recently, where law enforcement officers faked over 258,000 breath tests in five years.

In this intro episode on breath tests, Steve, Jeff and Jared also discuss crazy people in New Jersey, constitutional rights, whether eating late night at Taco Bell constitutes probable cause, making the cover of Busted magazine, why Australia isn’t so awesome, the corrupting nature of power, and how we love the checks and balances in the American system.

Yet another reason we had to break up with England…..Happy Birthday, America!

Episode 036 – The Blinsky Brisket

Be a barbecuing patriot, a cookout hero – and declare your independence from boring food this 4th of July! Learn the real-deal secrets behind how the pros make delicious barbecue and brisket from food entrepreneur, caterer and former owner of Route 62 BBQ, Jared Blinsky.

How to time it to succulent perfection, how to make your own unique smoker, how to pick your brisket, how to make mop sauce, white barbeque sauce and Conrico.
Just another reason why we had to break it off with England….
Rock on, America!!

Episode 035 – DUI 360–#8–Hop Scotch on One Leg

Listen as ‘Officer Jeff’ tests Jared by the book – as in, the actual manual that law enforcement uses when they pull someone over in a traffic stop. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, or SFSTs, can be challenging for most of us on a good day.  We’ve previously talked Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (the pen test) and Walking the Line. In this episode we drop some knowledge about the OLS, or the One Leg Stand – the third horse of the SFST apocalypse.

Steve, Jeff and Jared also talk Dirtbag Mondays, flossing, Steve Martin and “The Man with Two Brains”, riding on your rims, swaying, raising arms for balance, the “acceleration clause” and other cool dance moves, and the Smartie defense. And we ask the question, is the goal to be accurate, or to just “secure a conviction?”   You might be surprised by what the NHTSA manual actually says..

Have your own experience with a Field Sobriety Test? Tell us about it – we love stories! Have questions or comments? Send them to podcast@ohiolegaldefense.com, or just use the email form at the top of this page. We will keep your identity private unless you tell us otherwise, but would love to share your stories – and answer your questions – in upcoming episodes!

Episode 034 – The Blinsky Chronicles- 7 -Chicken Man, Grasshopper And Fly Fishing

When a bunch of young guys from Ohio who are flush with cash from their local grow operation decide to buy a limo off of Ebay, they decide to make an event out of their trip to pick it up in New York City. Custom suits, loud dinners in Little Italy, booze and weed-fueled parties, and the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf Astoria. Like Ohio does the movie “Swingers” in NYC. But turns out the Russians with the limo for sale are under federal investigation – and it’s not for growing weed….

Also covered: fun facts about how the law defines a conspiracy, and possession vs. ownership.

Find out what happens next when guns, drugs, airstrips and some unsavory Russians are added to the mix….why the feds might find it hard to believe that you just like fly fishing…and what can be the unintended consequences of buying a limo off of Ebay.

Episode 033 – Lawyer Talk v. Ohio v. The World Podcast – Hanging with Alex Hastie

Gum-chewers Unite!  Alex Hastie, host of the popular “Ohio vs. The World” podcast joins the guys this week to discuss famous and infamous Ohioans, Michael Fay, vandalism, accidental huffing, elevator urine detection technology, caning, the death penalty and the downside to being an overly clean, crime-free country – or – “why you should avoid vacationing in Singapore if you like gum,”  the Scopes monkey trial and the early 20th century trend-setting party boy and America’s greatest lawyer Clarence Darrow  – and how sometimes awesome lawyers can seem very non-lawyerly.

Why risk is the price of freedom, liquor law and pairing your podcast with the right beer, Elvis Juice and our favorite Scottish neighbor Brew Dog, fun with history, mis-tweeting, bocce ball and the best Italian restaurants in Ohio, “larping”, and sneak peeks at upcoming Ohio v. World and Lawyer Talk: Off the Record episodes and goings-on that you won’t want to miss.

Episode 032 – The Blinsky Chronicles – 6b – Hot and Ready – Agent X, We Meet Again…and The Defense Begins

What would you do if years later, you ran into the man who was responsible for bringing your life as you knew it to a screeching halt? What Jared did when he ran into Agent X years later might surprise you.

The guys also talk CBD oils, vape stores, the local D.E.A., cheap pizza and barbecue on china, telling on yourself, and creative ways to get the government to like you.

Episode 031 – We Love Juries!

Don’t we all judge each other when we first walk into a room?

“We pass judgements on people all the time whether you like it or not. When you walked in, I looked at how you were dressed, at what you were doing, I looked at who you were talking to, I looked at your body language. I judged you, whether I want to admit that out loud or not – but I’m going to admit it, because I think you are sitting there thinking the same things about me too. Whether it’s about my beard, or where I’m from, … or what my job is – you’re making judgements whether you want to admit it or not.”

Sometimes the government overreaches – and when someone is wrongfully accused of a crime and it goes to trial, we need to make sure the jury hears the whole story in order to help them reach the right decision.

Jeff and Bill discuss their recent trial success with Steve and Jared and the guys talk about how focus groups are a critical part of their trial prep when deciding how to best convey the all-important “rest of the story” to juries – and how it can make all the difference in people’s lives.

Episode 030 – The Blinsky Chronicles–6a–Agent X, We Meet Again…and The Defense Begins

Steve,Jeff and Jared talk Weed Porn, High Times, silver trays of weed at the Christmas party and posting dumb pics, search and seizure, being polite to the S.W.A.T. team, guns, drugs and the federal sentencing guidelines, tomatoes and The Lakers, directional microphones,  eggshell skulls, snitches, forfeiture laws, the hidden stash, converting cash to drugs, possession, the D.E.A., volcanoes, and federal agents making sweet love in the trash cases.

Talking barbecue and Buckeyes with federal marshals, Larry Flint Jr. and the Larry Scare, having a greenhouse in the basement, when the Feds take your phones – who’s Stinky? – chatter, and when the friendly guy in the ball cap ends up being the head honcho – hello, Agent X.

Episode 029 – DUI 360–#7–Brother, What’s Your Inseam (And What Does That Have To Do With DUI?)?

What does your age, your weight, your back issues and high heels all have in common?  According to the NHTSA manual, they are all things that can impair your ability to correctly perform Field Sobriety Tests – yet most people don’t know this, many officers tend to not clarify it – and what you don’t know can hurt you in a traffic stop.

Since Steve and Jeff are looking out for you, they have thoroughly read the huge research study about drunk and non-drunk people that the NHTSA manual utilizes – and tell you what you need to know. They even tell you how to easily get your own copy of the manual. You can start your own study group! Or just keep listening. Yes, listening is better.

Episode 028 – The Blinsky Chronicles –5– Bloody Knives, Mellow Yellow…What Are We Doing and Why Are We Doing It

“Everyone’s got a story…but it’s what you do with that story, what music do you make, how does it inspire you in other ways…I’ve gone through this awful time in my life and it’s inspired me to create this….and I think that’s why we’re telling this story.”

Have you ever looked back on something that you did and cringed? Really, who hasn’t.

But have you ever recorded yourself describing in intimate detail what you did and how you were, over what you would consider to be the worst period of your life –  and then listened to it? Jared has – for this series – and says he didn’t like listening to what he said.

So mid-stream, the guys step back and discuss the “why” and the “what” behind The BC. Why they are doing it, and what it means to them.

Jared talks about how going through it all helped him, and how he would like to help someone else by sharing his story. The guys also discuss parents, President Shorty, Chef Rick and his amazing brunch burritos, wrestling with employees (literally), teaching your kids the rules so they know which ones to break, and how to land the most important job of your life.

Episode 027 – DUI 360 #6 – Checkpoint Chickie

This weekend is not only the unofficial start of summer, it also marks the time when DUI checkpoint season is in full swing –  and the whole gang is here to drop some knowledge on you!

If you’ve missed out on the DUI 360 series so far, this is a great place to start: Steve, Jeff, Bill and Jared recap some of the more important points – and share valuable new information about the ins and outs of random DUI checkpoints that you will want to know – not only for holiday weekends –  but all year round.

In addition to covering some interesting constitutional issues –  including the Bill of Rights and limitations on search and seizure –  the guys cover a lot of other ground, from J.T. Barrett, Muirfield and the Memorial Tournament, day-drinking scenarios, beer on ice, drinking and driving with a golf cart, whether walking the line is easier if you’re left-handed, the two things a DUI checkpoint must do to be constitutional, Uber, Cheech and Chong, Fat Daddy Caddies, the roach motel, Buford Pusser, Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show – to how to not let the Checkpoint Chickie Trail of Tears ruin your weekend BBQ plans.

Episode 026 – The Blinsky BBQ Break – Smokin’ the Butt (It’s Done When It’s Done)

Barbecue like a Boss!!
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with a special recipe how-to episode from the guys at Lawyer Talk, home of The Blinsky Chronicles. Jared Blinsky, former owner of the well-known Route 62 BBQ in Johnstown, shares his tips, tricks and recipes for some of his most-loved dishes, including his delectable smoked pork shoulder – the cut of meat that is also known as “Boston Butt”, that provides us with beautiful piles of pulled pork deliciousness – as well as his famed Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad, including the secret ingredient you would never guess (no, it’s not in the name).

And this weekend we especially remember, thank and honor the great men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms – and we also celebrate them by observing the great American tradition of enjoying some smokin’ good BBQ. Smoke on!!

Episode 025 – The Blinsky Chronicles –4– Anxiety, Telescopes and a Trunk Full of Weed

What would you do if a neighbor told you that it looked like federal agents were sitting in a neighbor’s truck day after day with telescopes pointed towards you –  but then absolutely nothing happened for months?

“When people don’t get arrested and taken away in handcuffs, that’s calculated most of the time… (law enforcement agents) are trying to get information…(people are) being watched whether they know it or not…”  – Steve Palmer

Jared, Steve and Jeff talk about the interesting – and sometimes surprising – ways in which federal and local law enforcement conduct criminal investigations, what brought Jared to Yavitch & Palmer’s office 10 years ago, the significance of round tables, Eau de Weed and midnight landscaping, CPAP weed masks, Emergency Breakdowns, Fox and “feets on the streets”, Waterbeds & Stuff and Fix-a Flat, confidential informants, pajamas, fruit loops and online poker, license plate renewals – and dope-dealing 101.

Episode 024 – DUI 360 #5b – Because You’re Mine, I Walk the Line

And a-one, and a-two, and a-three, and a-four…let’s go nail the Walk and Turn!  You’re pretty coordinated – you’ve got this! Or maybe not.

You’ve seen it on TV many times. An officer asks you to walk a line for him. You know what to do, right? You walk a line heel to toe the entire way, you pivot – and stick the landing like Mary Lou Retton – boom! Then the officer says you are under arrest for suspicion of DUI/OVI.

What went wrong?  Officers are looking for completely different things than what you think. Steve and Jeff give you the actual instructions that an officer would give you – and what he or she is actually grading you on – and it will surprise you.

Besides taking us to FST (Field Sobriety Test) school, Steve and Jeff also talk sugarplums, David Copperfield, banjo music, Johnny Cash, refusing to walk the line, tricks to winning carnival games, the legalized scam that is The Crane Game, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, Happy Gilmore, breaking your stance, going to your happy place, and how FSTs are like The Crane Game: you might normally have the skill to do it, but if you don’t know the secret, you’re not going to win it.

Episode 023 – The Blinsky Chronicles –3– The High Life

A Cadillac Brougham, “Flo bud”, Harleys, grow operations and selling $25 napkins at the country club. Becoming the Kingpin and living the high life. For a time. Then one of the crew turns informant, there are recording devices in the cornfields – whoops, that’s incriminating – and everything changes.

How members of the local PD who were customers at his restaurant found out they were raiding Jared’s house one morning, culminating in The United States of America vs. Jared Blinsky. Jared shares with us how he had been stealing from himself – and why he later knew that he had been caught at the right time.

Jared, Steve and Jeff talk turkey – and about getting life back on track after losing your co-pilot, how a school project made from yarn can be a good arson defense, door tubes, what can happen when drinking is part of the job, dyslexia, German engineering, Caddyshack, ledgers, having no one to tell on but dead people – and taking door number three in a federal case.

Episode 022 – DUI 360 # 5a – Because You’re Mine, I Walk the Line

You can just say no to alcohol and drugs. You can also just say no to Field Sobriety Tests. In this information-packed DUI 360 episode, Steve, Jeff and Bill talk the FST Trilogy, including Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and the whole nystagmus family, procedures for the Walk and Turn, why railroad tracks and the movie “Stand By Me” can be a crucial part of a DUI defense, the Bill Meeks cross examination, Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s words of wisdom, why your attorney might not want to ask open-ended questions at trial, esoteric nonsense, Jedi mind tricks, and the NHTSA manual.

“You can’t in my opinion represent someone on a drunk driving unless you know this thing inside and out – because this is what the officers are relying on to charge your client. ..You’re not going to know the rules unless you sit down and read them.” – Jeff Linn, humble and seriously effective DUI attorney who has done his homework – and knows his stuff backward and forward, inside and out (and his clients love him for it).

BONUS: Cross-examination fun with Steve and Bill!

Episode 021 – The Blinsky Chronicles – 2 – There’s More…Wait for it…Wait for it…

“About a month after that accident, my door gets kicked open – Federal Marshals. I look out the window because I see them coming in and I say to myself, “today’s the day…” – Jared Blinsky

Jared, Steve and Jeff recount the stories surrounding how Steve and Jared met. The guys talk Memorial Day, Harley Davidson, motorcycle accidents and being dead twice in one day, “I’ve got a harvest to do but it ain’t that,” Snoop Dog, George Bush, the Ride for Pride, the Ozarks, the barter system, $25 napkins, a few more guys and then you have a conspiracy, the Feds and Blinsky Incorporated, the Kingpin, being too big for your britches and being bulletproof – until you’re not.

And you won’t believe the rest of the story….

Episode 020 – DUI 360 #4 – The BIGGER Question

In previous episodes of the DUI 360 series, Steve and Jeff answered the very important question – to blow, or not to blow. So what could be an even bigger question when someone is pulled over and asked, “have you been drinking tonight?”

To FST, or not to FST. The FST, which stands for Field Sobriety Test, is the stuff from which funny outtakes of “Cops” episodes are made.

But you only had a couple of drinks, and the officer is just asking for a quick test and then you can be on your way. Shouldn’t be an issue, right? And at least it’s not a breathalyzer. Besides, what choice do you have – you have to take it, right?

Steve and Jeff set the record straight – off the record, but on the air – and what they have to say might surprise you.

Episode 019 – The Blinsky Chronicles – 1 – BBQ, Blinsky & Vape

“Which of me do you want to talk to? There was a while where I had two lives. I had a side life…I had one life that was shown and one that happened when the sun set.”  – Jared Blinsky

Steve and Jeff talk with Jared Blinsky, owner of Advanced Vapor in Westerville and local food icon and a former owner of Route 62 BBQ in Johnstown, Ohio. In this first episode of The Blinsky Chronicles, the guys talk BBQ, brisket, secret recipes and the 23 years that Jared spent in the food industry, why he wanted to open a vape shop (“I wanted to legally sell a controlled substance”), Street Outlaws, bikers, Harleys, weddings, pies, Shorty and the American flag.

It’s easy to tell the guys all know each other really well, but spoiler alert: this relationship between Blinsky and the guys started as a professional one at Yavitch & Palmer. Stay tuned to find out why as the story continues…

Episode 018 – Parking Lot Wars

What are the rules – legal and social –  when it’s private property?

Steve and Jeff share true stories and the view from the downtown Columbus/Brewery District parking hotspot, 511 S. High.  We learn fun facts about loitering, trespassing, “the cigarette debacle”,  the fact that Steve is now “the Man”, and that in addition to all of his other skills, Jeff is some kind of movie savant and can quote Willy Wonka by heart. One of the first episodes that we recorded, but are just releasing now, hope you enjoy.

Episode 017 – The Blinsky Chronicles – Are you Ready?..It’s Coming May 1

We’re gonna make you laugh. We’re gonna make you cry. We’re gonna make you wonder how it could all be true. But it is.

Tune in May 1 for an unprecedented, unedited, and uncensored tale of American life, adversity and redemption.

We take you along for the ride as we dive into the deep end of one man’s life. He’s a central Ohio food icon known by many, but not many know the rest of his story – until now. Come along with us for this unbelievable journey and first-hand account. Starting on May 1st, you won’t believe your ears – and you won’t be able to pull away.

Episode 016 – Looking For Likes In All The Wrong Places And Other Online Woes

What are we really doing when we post to social media?

Steve and Jeff talk Facebook feedback loops and little hits of happiness, teenagers and the perceived social norms that can get them into legal trouble, Chef Jeff’s Instagram habit, how “Dear Diary” has become “Dear World”, crossing the legal line online, and going off the grid – or maybe just “no-screen Sundays”.

Episode 015 – Taxes and the Common Joe Part 2

Who is this chick named RITA who keeps sending me letters?

In part 2, Glenn Harper of Harper & Company CPA Plus does a deeper dive with Steve and Jeff about how individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses can stay on the right side of the law when it comes to their state, local and federal taxes – and strategies for how to get things back on track when needed.

Episode 014 – Taxes and the Common Joe Part 1

It’s a Tax Season bonus edition!

Steve and Jeff talk with Glenn Harper of Harper & Company CPA Plus about what small businesses should do to plan ahead and stay on the right of the law with the I.R.S..

Episode 013 – DUI 360 #3 – First, Kill All The Lawyers (Unless You Have A DUI)

What do William Shakespeare and drunk driving law have in common?

Steve and Jeff talk occupational driving privileges, LDPs, Ohio’s 3-day OVI intervention vacation or the klink, bedbugs and the law, probation and the county variance, it’s all about the judges, arraignments, fines and court costs, time spent and mandatory minimums.

Episode 012 – DUI 360 #2b – The Big Question – To Blow Or Not To Blow – License Suspensions and Other Consequences

In part one of this DUI 360 episode we discussed why if you don’t know French, and you’re given the choice to not take the French test, then maybe don’t take that test. As in: no way, André..

In part two, Steve and Jeff reveal more about the two ways you can be charged with DUI (OVI in Ohio), the two types of license suspensions, double agents for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, knuckling up and ignoring the 90 day shiny spoon and waiting for the minnow, and winner, winner chicken dinner: here’s your administrative license suspension.

Episode 011 – Fighting Outside the Ring – Conor McGregor, the Russians and Crime-Related Over-Indulgence

Steve and Jeff discuss MMA fighter Conor McGregor’s freak-out revenge attack against the Russians at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night – “hot blood” or premeditated felony assault? And is it the same focus and intensity that drives you and makes you great at something, that also gets you in trouble?

The guys discuss defending celebrities who get in trouble with the law, trespassing, criminal damaging, felony assault and bar fights, Jeff’s man-crush on Conor McGregor, McGregor’s animal walk and ability to warp time in the ring, Joe Rogan and MMA, Tiger Woods, golf, Russians and petite Estonians,  the Mickey referral, toothbrush whittling, and writing the check – until you can’t.

Episode 010 – DUI 360 #2a – The Big Question – To Blow Or Not To Blow

To blow, or not to blow? That is the question…that Steve and Jeff answer in this first of a 2-part DUI 360 episode. And it’s probably the most common question that they have received from hundreds of people over the years who have had a few drinks and have later been pulled over.

They also answer: what a breath test has in common with a high school French test, what a police officer’s primary goal is when he or she suspects someone of drinking and driving, and recent changes in DUI/OVI laws: why they occurred and how they affect the answer – and the outcome.

First of 2-part episode.

Episode 009 – DUI 360 #1 – You Can Think About It, But Don’t Do It

In this first full episode of the DUI 360 series, Steve and Jeff explore the wisdom of Buford T. Justice from Smokey & the Bandit and talk about the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to avoid a DUI, why your frontal cortex and Beerfest do not make good drinking buddies, how to ruin your day “drinking responsibly”,  how a misdemeanor can quickly become a felony, Field Sobriety Tests or “I know a drunk dude when I see one”,  and how someone under the legal limit can still be prosecuted for drinking and driving.

Episode 008 – Introduction to DUI 360

Announcing DUI 360: a special series of podcasts within the Lawyer Talk: Off the Record podcast, about everything you could want to know about DUI law. According to Steve Palmer, an AV-rated criminal defense attorney who has successfully litigated some of the most complicated state and federal felony cases, DUI cases (officially called OVI in Ohio) can be as complicated as they come: science, chemistry, junk science and constitutional law are all involved.

Because a DUI/OVI conviction can seriously impact a person’s career and personal life for many years, the attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer take a 360 degree approach to these cases, and this approach has made all of the difference. They have demystified the law for their clients for years, and now they are sharing their sauce with you.

In this intro episode, Steve, Jeff and Bill talk a bit about what will be covered in the DUI 360 series, including Ohio’s mandatory 3-day OVI class (Jeff and Bill are instructors for it). Also covered: Jeff is a millennial (but no one seems to know it), Bill is currently single (and claims to only be dating Lady Justice at the moment), and that even though Steve was one of the youngest criminal defense attorneys in the state of Ohio to become AV-rated (he didn’t mention it, but we will) – he starts to daydream if he has to watch YouTube videos.

Episode 007 – Are You Happy?

Steve and Jeff project happiness out into the world while they discuss winning appeals, honesty, good old-fashioned ethics, “what really makes people happy?” – and white chicken chili. Topics covered include hunting and gathering, helping people solve their problems, why winning an appeal doesn’t always feel like winning, why sometimes lawyers wished they worked construction instead, and why when people hire a lawyer, they should aim to measure twice and cut once.

Episode 006 – Dispute Resolution, Crosswalks and Other Interesting Thoughts

Don’t come at me bro…Steve, Jeff and Bill talk road rage, good people turning into raging jerks, and how to avoid staying out of felony court over some idiot nearly running you off the road.

Episode 005 – Unintended Consequences: Sentencing Juveniles As Adults

Prosecuting juveniles in the adult system actually increases the likelihood that they’ll reoffend – so why do the courts do it? Erin Davies, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition, joins Steve and Jeff to discuss juvenile bindovers, how an undeveloped frontal lobe really impacts your kids and their decision-making, politically-motivated ways to waste $180,000 a year, and what some people are doing to help fix the system.

Episode 004 – March Madness Or Sadness

It’s Amateur Hour! Steve and Jeff talk tailgating, people looking to get extra pumped-up at The Arnold, “this warm weather is making me thirsty”, and how to avoid stomach-clenching blue lights.

Episode 003 – Meet Bill Fornia

Meet attorney Bill Fornia.

Episode 002 – Meet Steve Palmer

Meet attorney Steve Palmer, partner and founding member of Yavitch & Palmer Co. L.P.A. In addition to helping people through his busy law practice for over 20 years, for the past 10 years, Steve has also offered countless radio callers with legal (and non-legal) insight on a wide range of problems. He currently appears on 99.7 the Blitz every Wednesday morning with Loper and Randi.

Episode 001 – Meet Jeff Linn

Meet attorney Jeff Linn.

Intro Episode

Welcome to Lawyer Talk: Off The Record with Columbus criminal defense attorneys Steve Palmer, Jeff Linn, and Bill Fornia.

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