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April 2016 Archives

Motorcycle Accident Settlements And Jury Verdicts

Motorcycles are growing in popularity. Unfortunately, that also means that motorcycle accidents are on the rise. With more than 8 million motorcycles on American roads, perhaps it is unsurprising that nearly 100,000 motorcyclists are injured each year. Among those injured riders are many who were injured through the negligent actions of other drivers. Protecting those motorcyclists is an important job.

Ohio's Sexual Offender Registration Laws

Any adult convicted of a sexually oriented offense in Ohio is subject to registration as a sexual offender. Ohio has three levels of registration-Tier I, II, or III. An offender's tier designation is entirely dependent on his or her underlying conviction. Whereas prior law required the Court to determine the proper level of registration by looking at several factors including the likelihood of such an offense occurring again, the Adam Walsh Act, which implemented in 2008 in Ohio, removed this ability.

Plea Bargains: Unfair Legal Fictions Or Reasonable And Fair Resolutions? The Ohio Supreme Court Recently Weighs In

When someone is charged with a crime and hires a defense attorney, the person's case does not go straight to a trial where guilt or innocence is determined. Instead, the defense attorney will negotiate with the prosecutor at a pretrial hearing on behalf of the individual. These negotiations are attempts to get charges dismissed or at the very least, to get charges amended to offenses carrying less severe penalties.

Demystifying Ohio's Serious Youthful Offender Sentencing

In 2002, the Ohio legislature enacted the serious youthful offender or "SYO" sentencing law. Under the SYO sentencing law, juvenile offenders who are designated serious youthful offenders are not bound over to adult court. Rather, juvenile offenders designated serious youthful offenders are subject to blended sentences where both a juvenile disposition and an adult sentence are imposed.

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