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May 2018 Archives

The Increased Risks in Criminal Prosecutions for International Students

College students that are charged with criminal offenses or that face University discipline must be particularly careful with how their case is handled. On the criminal side, students should heed the words that a Judge reads to them before they enter a plea: "you are hereby advised that a plea of guilty or no-contest could result in your deportation or exclusion from the United States." As one immigration practitioner recently told a client, "jail is bad, but deportation is worse."

Keeping Your Record Clean in the Digital Age

In modern society, the lingering effects of a criminal conviction often include the digital impact that your arrest will have on your career or future job prospects. Commonly, a sealed or expunged record can still have online echoes through online police blotters, local newspaper articles, and mugshot-hoarding websites to name a few.

A Settlement Against the Odds

Rittgers & Rittgers newest personal injury attorney, Barbara Strady won a battle against State Farm after mediating a motor vehicle collision this week. Our client walked away from this controversial collision with a pain and suffering settlement of $240,000.00

Trial Lawyers in the Era of the Vanishing Trial

Much to the disappointment of the great trial lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers, very few cases in the modern era are tried in front of a jury. This trend was analyzed in depth in the now seminal article The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts.1 The author finds a startling 60% decline in the absolute number of trials between the mid-1980s and 2004.

Does it help that I'm "a good kid" when I'm charged with a crime?

Many college students that are charged with criminal offenses are quick to point out the highlights of their resume when they first meet with me: a high GPA, a clean record, community service, and a professional aspiration that simply cannot tolerate a criminal conviction. It seems like these accomplishments must count for something in reducing the student's criminal or university sanction. Do they? The answer is generally yes, but with some caveats.

Does Post-Conviction House Arrest Count for Jail Time Credit?

The answer is no according to the most recent decision released by the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. In State v. Hurst (2018), 93 N.E.3d 1007, 2018-Ohio142, the Court issued a decision seemingly in conflict with the decision it issued roughly a year prior to Hurst in State v. Fillinger (2017), 72 N.E.3d. 671, 2016-Ohio-8455.

Fifty-Fifty Custody

People often tell me that their goal for the resolution of their case is 50/50 custody.  I hear the term almost daily in this area of the law.  This term is actually incorrect.

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