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Drug trafficking is a serious federal charge

When accused of any type of crime, it is important that Ohio residents understand their situation to the best of their abilities. If authorities recently took you into custody on suspicion of criminal actions, you may understandably want to know everything you can about how you came under suspicion, whether officers acted in accordance with protocols and what the exact allegations you face mean.

As you undoubtedly know, some criminal charges are more serious than others. If you stand accused of drug trafficking, you are in a more serious predicament than someone accused of drug possession or even just distribution. In fact, drug trafficking is a federal charge that falls into the category of a felony.

Know the risks if you plan on consuming alcohol while tailgating

With football season well underway, many Ohio State students are likely showing their school spirit in various ways. You may be among the many students, or even alumni, who show up on the weekend home games to cheer on your Buckeyes. You enjoy the time with friends and energetic atmosphere that can get your mind off of schoolwork for the time being.

Of course, one of the more popular activities before football games is tailgating. You and your friends may spend hours making plans, getting your supplies and setting up in your perfect spot to get game-day ready. If you plan on drinking during your tailgating festivities, you may want to understand the risks.

Per se OVI laws are strict and complex

A drunk driving arrest can be a very confusing ordeal. Whether you recognize that you were driving after drinking too much or you believe you were not too impaired to drive, a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence can disrupt your life and leave you with a difficult road ahead. While you may want to think about the situation as little as possible, the most effective way to build a solid defense begins by understanding as much as possible about Ohio drunk driving laws.

To begin with, you should know what evidence authorities need to charge you with OVI. Police must present evidence of your impairment to support their case for arrest. However, that evidence is not always reliable, and you have the right to challenge it in court as you fight the charges against you.

When Ohio police want to establish probable cause to arrest you

You may be among many licensed drivers in Ohio who have paid fines for traffic tickets at some point in their lives. When a police officer pulls you over, it's understandable to feel nervous. Many times, things turn out a lot better than you expected, perhaps with the officer in question issuing a warning to slow down and then allowing you to leave.

Other times, a patrol officer might not only pull you over, he or she may ask you to exit your vehicle. If that happens, it's typically because the officer thinks you have committed a crime, such as driving under the influence of alcohol. After you exit your vehicle, the officer might ask you to take a field sobriety test. The more you know about such tests ahead of time, the better able you'll be to protect your rights, especially if you face arrest.

Know the basics of Ohio's OVI laws before you drive

Most people know that the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration here in Ohio is .08, but that isn't the end of the story. There is much more to the state's laws regarding operating a vehicle while impaired, or OVI.

The more you know about the law, the better off you may be as you enjoy time with friends, family or co-workers and consider whether you can safely, and legally, drive home afterward.

Family law: Interpreting children's best interests

Perhaps, you and your spouse have determined that your marriage is no longer sustainable. You can count yourselves among hundreds of other Ohio couples who are currently having similar thoughts about their own relationships. Divorce is definitely not easy and, when children are involved, can be quite stressful. In all matters of custody, visitation and support, the court has your children's best interests in mind.  

Problems can arise, however, if you and your spouse disagree about what is best for your kids. Whether you are writing the terms of your own co-parenting plan or you have determined a need to litigate the situation, the court must either approve your plan or make decisions on your behalf, as needed. To better understand the court's thought process when making such decisions, it helps to seek clarification about how judges typically interpret children's best interests.  

Drinking alcohol: Harmless activity or causing problems for you?

If you were to survey Ohio residents, especially those currently attending state colleges, to ask why they do or do not drink alcohol, you may find that many people answer your questions in similar ways. For instance, some people might tell you that their faith beliefs prohibit them from imbibing. Others might say they simply think it is fun to get together with friends and toss back a few cold ones.  

There are numerous reasons that people (perhaps yourself included) choose to drink alcohol or not. If you are prone to addiction and alcohol is causing a substance abuse problem in your life, you might be among those who are looking for support resources to help them overcome their struggles. Alcohol-related incidents also often lead to criminal charges, especially if you drive after drinking, then get into an accident.  

Do you know how to protect your Miranda Rights?

Have you always been the type of person who gets nervous if you see a police officer? Even if you know you have done nothing wrong, your heart rate may increase a few beats per minute when you see a law enforcement officer in uniform. Many other people in Ohio also have this kind of anxiety. It can make for an extremely stressful experience if a police officer pulls you over or knocks on your front door at home.  

If a cop starts asking you questions or requests that you allow a search of your home, person, vehicle or private property, it's best to try to remain calm and cooperate as much as possible. However, you never have to do or say anything that violates your personal rights. The officer, too, must act in accordance with your rights at all times. This is why it's critical that you understand Miranda regulations as well as how they apply to your situation.  

Embezzlement isn't just about money or the amount of it

If you are like most people, when you hear the word "embezzlement," you picture someone in the corporate world who steals hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars from an employer or clients. While this is one example of this particular crime, it is not the only one.

Anyone entrusted with the care of money or property who others accuse of secretly taking it for personal gain could face a charge of embezzlement. This white-collar crime most often occurs in employment settings in addition to the corporate world. A range of activities encompass this crime such as falsifying records to cover theft or changing accounting records to hide the theft.

Isn't the RICO Act just for mobsters?

You may be like many other Ohio residents in that when you hear about the "RICO Act," you envision mobsters and their organized crime syndicates. It is true that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (passed by Congress in 1978) began as a way to get to higher ranking officials in mob organizations who weren't actually "on the ground" committing the crimes.

Historically, state and federal agencies used the RICO Act to deal with obviously illegal activities such as trafficking of drugs, weapons and people, along with counterfeiting and prostitution. Later, when these types of activities no longer provided the same anonymity and profits, the mob moved into more traditionally white-collar criminal activities, and state and federal law enforcement officials used the RICO Act to prosecute for these crimes as well.

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