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December 2019 Archives

License Intervention Programs

Many Ohio drivers find themselves charged with "driving under suspension" after a routine traffic stop. Many of those same drivers had no knowledge that their license was even suspended until they were informed of the suspension by a police officer.

Ohio's Sexually Violent Predator Specification

Ohio Revised Code § 2941.148 outlines Ohio's sexually violent predator specification. It can be applied to sexually violent offenses-namely homicide, assault, and kidnapping. This specification can be used to add onto or enhance sentences. The exact enhancement depends on the underlying sexual offense. Ohio Revised Code § 2971.03 lists a number of specific underlying offenses and the corresponding specification sentence. In many instances the specification carries the possibility of life in prison. 

Ohio's Shift Back to Indefinite Sentencing: Reagan Tokes Law and Current Local Controversy

On March 22nd of this year, indefinite sentencing returned to Ohio through Senate Bill 201 known as the "Reagan Tokes Law." Indefinite sentencing is where a defendant is sentenced to an indefinite range or term of years, with release determinations made by the Parole Board based upon conduct of the incarcerated offender. Definite sentencing, on the other hand, is when the judge sentences a defendant to serve a definite number of years within an applicable range of years. Indefinite sentencing existed in Ohio prior to 1996, and has now returned through the recently enacted Regan Tokes Law. 

Eaton, Ohio, Criminal Defense Lawyers

The attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers frequently represent people accused of crimes in Eaton Municipal Court. It is not uncommon for John R. Bernans and Neal Schuett to each have numerous cases pending in Eaton Municipal Court. Our Oxford office is quite close to Preble County and the Eaton Municipal Building. Our attorneys successfully resolve OVI, domestic violence, probation violation, and drug-related cases each year in Eaton Municipal Court. Whether you are seeking a plea bargain, bench trial, or jury trial, our attorneys have had success defending a varying degree of cases. Regardless of the type or level of offense, we would be happy to sit down and speak with you about your case. 

Penalties for Carrying a CCW on Private Property Where Prohibited

Despite Ohio being an open-carry State (meaning individuals do not need a license to carry a firearm openly in public if they are eligible to carry it), concealed carry (or "CCW") permits have become popular. These licenses permit individuals to possess a concealed firearm or carry it concealed on their person. This does not mean individuals with a CCW license can carry their firearm anywhere. There are certain exceptions that include but are not limited to government buildings, schools, and places of worship. If a CCW permit holder carries a firearm in a prohibited area, the individual could be criminally prosecuted. 

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