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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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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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A Flashing Turn Signal Does Not Amount to Flight from Police

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

Police officers often come up with many creative reasons for why they stopped a citizen, whether it’s someone walking on the street or driving a car on the highway. Recently, an Ohio state trooper in Ashland County came up with a reason that didn’t pass muster with an Ohio court. A left turn signal… Read More »

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“Just a Hunch” Isn’t a Good Enough Reason for an Arrest

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

Police officers are trained professionals, and many of them have developed sharp instincts for observing criminal behavior; that is, they have a hunch when something isn’t right. But a hunch is still an insufficient reason for an arrest, as an Ohio court recently ruled. A nervous woman arouses police suspicion Ranger Lukas Hammermeister was… Read More »

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Don’t Look Inside: When Searches Are Illegal

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

Traffic stops are usually nerve-wracking events. You just know that you’re going to get some sort of ticket. For some people, traffic stops churn their stomachs even more because they have drugs or guns in their car and don’t want the police to find out. The courts have long allowed the police to search… Read More »

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It Was an Accident: Reckless and Negligent Homicide

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

Brandon Smith was lying in bed with his girlfriend in his Avon Lake Ohio apartment. His roommate, Ryan Raider, entered the bedroom drunk and playing with one of the guns the two men kept in the house. Suddenly, the gun went off, hitting Smith. He was flown to a Cleveland hospital, but died soon… Read More »

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Miranda Warnings: When a Suspect Won’t Stop Talking

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

Miranda warnings regularly appear on TV and in the movies. The police advise the alleged suspects of their rights under the law to not incriminate themselves by what they say. On TV, the suspect stays silent. Any attempt by the police to force the suspect to talk after the warnings would make statements or… Read More »

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When a Car Is a Weapon: Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Similar Charges

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

A Dublin, Ohio man named Matthew Cordle gained national attention when he made a YouTube video in which he admitted causing the death of another man while driving drunk. Cordle knew he was prone to blackouts after drinking, but he took the wheel with a blood alcohol level double the state limit. He pled… Read More »

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Manslaughter – a Less Culpable Homicide

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

In Geauga County, Ohio, Rita Greifenstein, a 66-year-old woman, shot and killed her 68-year-old husband in their kitchen. Mrs. Greifenstein claimed that she shot her husband in self-defense. The police stated that the two had been arguing for hours before the gunshot. The prosecutor decided to charge her with voluntary manslaughter after determining that… Read More »

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