Notaries are very important to law firms in order to bind documents and ensure documents are being executed properly. Now, Ohio is leading the way for change pertaining to a more modern way of notarizing documents.
"But I have an eyewitness!" Criminal lawyers so often turn to this phrase thinking that it is the silver bullet in a negotiation or trial. A recent New York Times piece, however, cites the growing body of evidence that ""eyewitness testimony is the least reliable evidence you can have."
Civil suits are, in large part, brought to pursue financial compensation for those who have been wronged or injured by the negligence or intentional actions of another person. The plaintiffs in these cases are required to prove their case and why they are entitled to compensation for past and future expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Last week a local judge ordered all evidence gathered by police as a result of a warrantless search and seizure of our client and his vehicle suppressed. As a result, this decision prevents the State from introducing evidence from our client's vehicle of drug possession, drug trafficking, and possession of criminal tools-all felonies which subjected our client to a maximum of 12 months in prison on each count and the possibility of a license suspension.
Today, the Ohio Supreme Court in State v. Barry, rejected the "Unmistakable Crime Doctrine," as it relates to the offense of tampering with evidence. The issue presented was whether a person who commits an obvious crime (i.e., an unmistakable crime) has constructive knowledge of an impending investigation of that crime. In other words, can a person who commits an obvious crime be considered to have knowledge about an impending investigation of that crime based on the commission of that offense alone? The Supreme Court says no.
If you are involved in a legal dispute of any nature - criminal, personal injury or family law - it is crucial to assess your social media habits because they can negatively affect your case. Even if your social media use is careful, all it takes is one friend or family member to harm your legal situation.