In November 2017, the victim's rights amendment, commonly known as "Marsy's Law," was passed and added to the Ohio Constitution. As part of Marsy's Law, the definition of "victim" was expanded. A "victim" is now defined as "the person against whom the criminal act is committed, or the person directly and proximately harmed by the criminal offense." This means that the parent(s) of a child that was assaulted, or the spouse of a victim that was injured during a robbery are considered "victims" are also considered a "victim" and now have a number of guaranteed constitutional rights. Previously, only the person listed as "victim" in the police report was considered a "victim" in court; and while that victim had some influence on the case (see our previous blog on some limits on victims' influence in domestic violence cases), there was not a constitutional amendment defining victims' rights that must be honored.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced that non-essential businesses as defined by the State order that goes into effect tonight at midnight will face charges if they are caught remaining open more than once. He indicated that businesses would receive a warning if found to be operating, and if they are caught operating again will face charges. The sheriff also stated that deputies will not stop residents who are driving and will assume that they are traveling in accordance with the order. The penalty for violating this order is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. A copy of the order can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home