In light of the recent news surrounding the evacuation of local schools due to various threats and the prosecution of those allegedly responsible, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at the laws dealing with these situations. Generally, defendants who have circulated a threat causing the evacuation of a school are charged with Inducing Panic. This charge states that "No person shall cause the evacuation of any public place, or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, by . . . initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime, or other catastrophe, knowing that such report or warning is false."
In 2002, the Ohio legislature enacted the serious youthful offender or "SYO" sentencing law. Under the SYO sentencing law, juvenile offenders who are designated serious youthful offenders are not bound over to adult court. Rather, juvenile offenders designated serious youthful offenders are subject to blended sentences where both a juvenile disposition and an adult sentence are imposed.
The Ohio Revised Code provides people charged with specific offenses the option to receive assistance and/or treatment in order avoid a felony conviction. Intervention in lieu of conviction ("ILC") is available in certain cases where the offender's drug or alcohol usage or mental illness was a factor leading to his or her criminal offense. ILC is not designed as punishment, but instead is an opportunity for certain offenders to address the underlying issues that contributed to their criminal charges.
With the arrival of a new year, many people who have been convicted of a crime start thinking about having the record of that expunged. The Ohio Revised Code refers to the expungement process as "sealing." Ohio law permits a defendant to seal two misdemeanor convictions or one felony and a misdemeanor. Keep in mind that generally a defendant who has three or more convictions on his or her record is not eligible to have any of those records sealed. Certain exceptions exist, however, whereby an individual with more than two convictions may still be eligible. For example, multiple charges that arose from the same incident (such as a defendant who was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct as part of the same course of conduct) would likely be viewed as one conviction for purposes of sealing. Also, minor misdemeanors, such as possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, do not count as a conviction for purposes of sealing.
Currently, under Ohio law, a first-time OVI offender faces, amongst other penalties, a mandatory minimum six month driver's license suspension. During that suspension period, that person is eligible to obtain limited driving privileges for work, school, medical, court, treatment, and probation purposes only.
A 52-year-old Lynchburg man was killed Friday morning when the driver of a passenger vehicle failed to yield to him. The victim was riding his Harley Davidson on U.S. 50 near the intersection of Danville Road when the accident occurred.
A 22-year-old man from Erlanger, Ohio, died in a motorcycle accident earlier this week. Grief quickly spread throughout the area, as the fatal victim was the oldest son of the Edgewood Police Chief.
A motorcycle collision in Monroe Township seriously injured two people on Saturday. A 43-year-old Cincinnati was riding his motorcycle with a Cincinnati woman, 47, as his passenger when he collided with a Dodge Neon. The female suffered serious head injuries and is fighting for her life.
A rare, but deadly, type of motorcycle collision recently sent two men to the hospital. The accident occurred in Howland Township, Ohio, on Thursday night, at the intersection of North Road and Crestview Avenue.
The recent crash of an Asiana jet in San Francisco shocked the nation. Two of the 307 passengers died in the accident, and many more were injured. The plane crash inflicted great force to the upper bodies of the passengers, who were first flung forward, then backward over their lap belts. Most of the serious injuries involve spinal cord trauma to the neck and back.