The holidays can be a joyous time of year. Many of us look forward to the holiday season as an opportunity to reconnect with family, enjoy the spirit of giving and renew traditions that call to mind our own childhoods. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or none of the above, we wish you joy, peace and happiness. As personal injury attorneys, we also feel obligated to pass along some advice on how to stay safe this holiday season.
The Ohio Sentencing Commission and the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee have recently proposed changes to Ohio's sexual offender registration laws. These changes would give judges more discretion when sentencing people convicted of certain offenses. If the new changes are implemented, the current rigid mandatory requirements would be changed to a risk based approach for most offenses.
The bitter cold weather has arrived here in Ohio and it doesn't appear it's going away anytime soon. Before the day begins, you may be inclined to start your car to warm it up and leave it unattended to finish getting ready for work. Many people do this. And they probably don't know they're breaking the law.
When individuals are charged with serious offenses of violence against another, they may want to argue self-defense in showing they were justified in engaging in deadly force. If the accused is found to have acted in self-defense then the accused will be found not guilty of the crime.
Drivers are responsible for their conduct behind the wheel. If a driver causes an accident while texting or posting on Facebook, he or she should be held liable for any injuries that result. Driver responsibility does not necessarily mean that the makers of cell phones bear no responsibility for their obvious contribution to distracted driving, however. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently passed a set of voluntary guidelines aimed at pushing the makers of mobile phones and other electronic devices to implement changes to prevent distracted driving accidents.
Often times our clients who receive a traffic citation-whether it be for speeding or an OVI-face collateral consequences from the BMV as a result of a conviction. The two most frequent issues we see from the BMV are insurance suspensions and/or 12 point suspensions.
A lack of sleep can be as dangerous as alcohol consumption when it comes to car accidents. A new report has concluded that fatigued driving could be more dangerous than most people believe. Given the nationwide epidemic of sleep deprivation, that is bad news for drivers everywhere.