Category Archives: Criminal

Matters related to criminal defense and criminal law.

A complete sentence. Are you kidding?

Q:        How does a Court decide punishment for a juvenile offender? A:        Ohio law lists the factors for a Juvenile Court to consider in making orders: to provide for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children, to … Continue reading

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Pardon me?

Q:        If the Governor grants a pardon can the record be expunged? A:        According to an Ohio Supreme Court decision earlier this year, the answer is no. First, the Court pointed out that expungement is a privilege and not a … Continue reading

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Dogged license

Q:        Can a Juvenile Court stop a teen from getting a driver’s license? A:        Three Ohio Appellate Courts have ruled on this issue (including the Fifth District, which covers Stark County). All three courts decided that it depends on the … Continue reading

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Finish This Sentence

Q:        What is the Ohio Sentencing Commission? A:        Trial court judges decide specific consequences in each case from the options made available by the law. Minimum and maximum incarceration, a range of possible fines, mandatory prison offenses, and the length … Continue reading

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A Need for Speed?

Q:        How soon after the case is done can I get an expungement? A:        For a misdemeanor, an expungement can be requested after completion of the case plus one year; completion of the case plus three years for a felony. … Continue reading

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ALS – The Less Painful Kind

Q:        What is an ALS? A:        An Administrative License Suspension (ALS) is a suspension of a driver’s license that can be imposed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles before or without a court case. If a driver is arrested for … Continue reading

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Expunged, Job Fair Plans

Q:        My criminal case was dismissed, but it’s still a problem for job applications. What can I do? A:        If the dismissal is final, the case can be expunged. Expungement seals a criminal case so it no longer appears as … Continue reading

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