A recent report published on the WalletHub.com website ranked the 50 states according to their overall strictness of impaired driving laws. The rankings took into consideration minimum sentences, mandatory jail time, fines and ignition interlock requirements, as well as the number of offenses allowed before the incident becomes a felony charge and numerous other factors.
Right here in middle America, illegal drug use is a major issue. As this is the case, those thought to be bringing drugs into Ohio may face serious criminal consequences if authorities ultimately charge and convict them. Drug trafficking is not just a state offense; it is a federal offense, so the potential penalties associated with this type of crime can be life-changing.
You may still be reeling after receiving the notice that you were under scrutiny for crimes of fraud in your medical office. Whether you are a physician or a billing administrator, investigators will likely examine every aspect of your job to find the point at which fraud is likely to have occurred.
If you're a firearms enthusiast in Ohio, you most likely know the state is a traditional "open carry" state, meaning, if you are licensed to carry a firearm, you may do so openly and in public. There may be certain laws of which you are unaware, however, such as those that pertain to private sales of guns.
On September 8, Ohio joined the ranks of 24 other states, deciding through the polls to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Advocates and patients who have championed this legislation are celebrating the move. Aside from its legality, however, the details of the bill are unclear and undecided, leaving doctors, patients, pharmacists and police officers wondering where to go from here. The only details known so far are that qualifying patients may possess a 90-day supply (exact amount still to be determined).
Like most states in the U.S., Ohio has very specific criminal laws when it comes to drinking and driving. In Ohio, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is called OVI . Many people don't realize this type of criminal offense is broken down into two categories. The first category is OVI Per Se - it's what most people think of as drunk driving, where the operator of the vehicle has a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than .08 based upon specific tests.
Ohio is a traditional open carry state, which means people who legally own firearms may carry them in public places, unless there is a specific prohibition against them. "Open carry" means the firearm is visible to the naked eye and not concealed. Though open carrying is legal in Ohio, often the sight of a gun in public can cause unnecessary panic and unwanted attention from law enforcement. In fact, The Buckeye Firearms Association warns gun owners about the perils of open carry and doesn't recommend it.