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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. 


This is a complicated question with a lot of possible directions and answers. According to the United States and Ohio Constitutions, the short answer is a resounding "No!" However, there are a lot of "except when..." that must be considered to avoid potential arrests.

Can I be charged with a crime simply for being at a protest?

With everything going on, one question we have been getting recently is whether you can be charged with a crime for simply being at a protest. The answer is it depends. The Ohio Constitution and the First Amendment to the United State Constitution provide for certain rights. These rights include:

Butler County Area Courts to Offer Fee Amnesty

If you owe court fees to Butler County Area 1 (Oxford), 2 (Hamilton), or 3 (West Chester) Court those courts are currently offering a fee amnesty program through May 22, 2020. Individuals owing fines in those three courts can have the remainder of those fees waived if they pay half the amount owed, plus $125 for court costs. 

Can I, or my Loved One, be Released from Prison Because of the Corona Virus?

The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected so many aspects of our society. Families, jobs, and even cases in the criminal justice system have been dramatically impacted by this virus. With each new day, Governor DeWine and President Trump issue new orders and directives that impact our daily lives.

Can I, or my Loved One, be Released from Jail Because of the Corona Virus?

If you or a loved one is currently being held in a county jail, you may have an opportunity to seek being released. Due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, many courts and law enforcement agencies are taking steps to decrease their jail population and release at-risk inmates.

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