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Love and Honor...your right to counsel

Thanks to Hollywood, most Americans have heard the police say the phrase "you have a right to an attorney..." as a suspect is being arrested on-screen. That referenced right to counsel in a criminal proceeding is a constitutionally guaranteed right under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Can a Non-Custodial Parent Have Access to Their Child's Records?

You have made it through the exhausting process of negotiating the custody of your kids. You have visitation which is what you believe is in your children's best interest and you go to pick them up from daycare and you go up to the front desk and request to see their daily attendance records only to be told that your ex-wife has said that you are not allowed to see any records because she has sole custody. What do you do?

Will My Arrest Affect My Future?

A recent article pointed out that well over half of four-year undergraduate institutions ask questions about criminal history (https://www.brookings.edu/research/thinking-beyond-the-box-the-use-of-criminal-records-in-college-admissions/amp/). Anyone who has applied for graduate school, a job, and/or a professional licensure knows to expect the same questions about criminal history in the application or certification process.

Diversion Dismissal ≠ Clean Record

The large majority of first-time offenders in the Butler County Area Courts have been cited with offenses that are eligible for the Butler County Prosecutor's Office ("BCPO") Diversion Program. However, because participating in the BCPO Diversion Program requires a defendant to waive a significant portion of their constitutional rights, even eligible offenders must hire an attorney before entering the Program.

University Discipline Hearings: Does my accuser have to appear?

We have heard that the government is not supposed to deprive us of "life, liberty, or property" without "due process of law," but, in the context of university discipline hearings, the question is, "what does 'due process' mean?"

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