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June 2017 Archives

Ohio's Waiting Period For Sealing A Non-Conviction: Before The Ohio Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments in State of Ohio v. Colton Dye, Case Number 2016-1395. The issue before the high court was whether a trial court must wait until the applicable statute of limitations has expired before sealing an individual's record of a non-conviction.

One Million Dollar Settlement For Opiate Overdose Case Against Ohio Doctor

Rittgers & Rittgers, working with Craig Schlapprizzi who is an attorney in St. Louis, recently settled a case for the family of a man who died of an overdose from hydrocodone and Xanax. He was forty years old and survived by his wife and three children.

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Law Banning Sex Offenders From Using Social Media Sites Unconstitutional

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court held that a North Carolina law that made it a felony for a convicted sex offender to access social networking websites that could be used by children as unconstitutional. According to statistics cited to the Supreme Court, North Carolina has prosecuted over 1,2000 people for violating it. The Court held that the law, which banned offenders from accessing websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, violated the First Amendment.

Connected Car Technology: Advancing Awareness of Car Accident Hazards

We all hear plenty about the driving distractions posed by electronic devices that increase the likelihood of car crashes and truck accidents. However, there is also a major upside to wireless technologies, and automotive industry experts predict that all new motor vehicles will eventually be equipped with "connected car" systems that will allow cars and trucks to communicate with each other and inform drivers about imminent hazards.

Miami University, Criminal Charges and Disciplinary Proceedings

When a Miami University student is charged with a crime, the consequences can be serious and are certainly burdensome. Why? When a student is charged with a crime, not only must the student answer to the charges in court, the student must also answer to the school for violating university policy. This is because when a crime is committed, the university will inevitably initiate disciplinary proceedings during which at least one hearing will occur. Even if the student is not charged with a crime, the university will initiate disciplinary proceedings against the student if there is reason to believe the student violated the university's code of conduct.

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