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Charged for exercising your right to protest?

Since opening our doors in 1995, we have always sought to fight injustice, stand up against inequality, and ensure that everyone has a voice in our criminal justice system. That fight will never end. In times like today, it is even more important that we speak out and stand up for what we believe in and support those who are discriminated against. The team at Rittgers & Rittgers strongly support the peaceful protests and demonstrations to fight the injustices in our world. It is your constitutional right to assemble and speak out and we all have a duty to do so. There is not a more powerful tool for change than people coming together to stand united against racism and injustice. 

With the recent events in Cincinnati and all over the country, many people have been arrested for exercising their constitutional right to protest. We are here to help and vigorously support the fight against injustice. There are many possible charges when you or a loved one are arrested for protesting. A common charge is Aggravated Riot, found in Ohio Revised Code §2917.02. O.R.C. §2917.02 states that an individual, when “participating with 4 or more others in a course of disorderly conduct,” violates the law when the offender: 1) acts with purpose to commit or facilitate a felony; 2) acts with purpose to commit or facilitate the commission of any offense of violence; or 3) has or knows of another’s intent to use a deadly weapon.

A charge for Aggravated Riot, like any criminal charge, is a very serious matter. It presents the possibility of jail time and substantial fines. If you, or someone you care about have been charged with Aggravated Riot, or any other charge while exercising your right to protest, it is important to consult an attorney. The Rittgers & Rittgers criminal team will offer free consultations to anyone being prosecuted for their roles in a protest or demonstration. It is important to us that you have legal representation and know that you are not alone in this fight against inequality. If you would like to discuss your case or need assistance, please call us at 513-932-2115.

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