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