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The Various Kinds of Assault Crimes in Ohio

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

Ohio has assault laws that cover almost every conceivable scenario where one person hurts or tries to hurt another. Although titled “assault”, Ohio’s laws prohibit not only simple assault and battery in their traditional sense, but expand on the topic by outlawing reckless actions which result in serious physical harm to another.  Depending on… Read More »

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Sexting Your Way Into a Felony

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

Have you had “that talk” with your teen recently? No, not the one about “the birds and the bees” – the one about the dangers of keeping nude or sexually explicit pictures on a cellphone. Earlier this year, up to eight cell phones belonging to high school students were confiscated and found to have… Read More »

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Texting While Driving

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

A few years ago, a young woman was driving along a scenic highway and decided to change the station on her car radio. She took her eyes off the road for just a moment to change the dial, unaware that she was negotiating a curve shared with a pack of Sunday morning bicycle riders…. Read More »

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A Guide for the Perplexed – Parole Release Programs in Ohio

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

Your loved one is in prison. Naturally, you want to know when he or she will be home again. “It all depends” is hardly a satisfying answer, but it truly does depend on the crime, the sentence and, in certain cases, the vagaries of the Parole Board. Most importantly it depends on exactly when… Read More »

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Poetry in the Public Square—Free Speech or Vandalism?

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“A poet’s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”—Salman Rushdie A heated argument broke out at a city council meeting one night over an issue that had polarized the community. After hours of debate, and much acrimonious… Read More »

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Asking For Trouble − Underage Drinking at the Graduation Party

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

Sam, 18 years old, was stopped for speeding on his way home from the store with a truckload of beer. When the officer stopped him and told Sam he couldn’t be in possession of alcohol, Sam explained that it wasn’t his beer – he was merely picking up some 12-packs and a keg which… Read More »

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Would George Zimmerman Have Been Convicted in Ohio?

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

George Zimmerman’s criminal prosecution in Ohio might have proceeded very differently than prosecution on the same charges in Florida. The two states have very different burdens of proof regarding self-defense. Had Zimmerman been tried for killing of Trayvon Martin in Ohio, these different standards regarding a self-defense claim might have produced a different result…. Read More »

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Increasing Protections for an Aging Population

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

Just a few of months ago, Ohio lawmakers designated June 15th as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. New legislation, called the Ohio Elder Justice Act, is pending before the Ohio legislature and will strengthen existing protections for Ohio elders. As Ohio’s population ages, elder abuse is a growing phenomenon. Because elders are often isolated, without… Read More »

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What Is Resisting Arrest?

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

Under Ohio statutes, you can be charged with resisting arrest if you recklessly or by use of force resist or interfere with a law enforcement officer’s lawful arrest — whether your own or that of another person. The key phrase, here, is lawful arrest. The police can’t just arrest you because they don’t like… Read More »

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Genetic Justice in Ohio − How Many DNA Tests Can You Ask For?

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

In 1990, someone murdered Cora and Bearnhardt Hartig, an elderly couple, in their home. Police arrested Tyrone Noling based on witness statements, but no physical evidence linked him to the crime. Noling was indicted despite passing a lie detector test, but the charges were dismissed in 1992 when the witnesses recanted, claiming that they… Read More »

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