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What are the basics of Ohio's drunk driving laws?

There's a dizzying array of potential charges related to drunk driving in Ohio and many people -- even those living within the state -- are unaware of the changes in the terminology or how the rules work.

Here are a few of the most important things that you need to understand about drunk driving in Ohio:

Are you playing with fire when you use your Fire Stick?

The Fire Stick from Amazon is the newest piece of tech to captivate the consumer market -- and it's also turning otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.

When used as intended, the Fire Stick makes it possible to stream videos from laptops to televisions without having to own a Smart TV or know which cables to connect. The Fire Stick takes over and handles the job wirelessly.

Divorce during deployment: A military spouse's guide

Divorce can be hard enough without getting divorced when your spouse is deployed overseas -- but that's often a grim reality faced by spouses left stateside when their soldier spouse decides to end the marriage from a distance.

If you're the stateside spouse, what do you do next? Do you wait until your spouse comes back from deployment and try to get him or her to agree to counseling before you give up on the marriage? Do you go straight for divorce?

Drug overdoses may lead to manslaughter charges for dealers

There's been a drastic increase in the number of drug-related deaths across the country -- which is causing police and prosecutors to take a second look at how they handle the issue.

Once upon a time, overdose deaths were treated as an unfortunate by-product of the underground drug trade, but they were almost always considered nothing more than a sad accident. Criminal charges were rarely involved.

Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Should you worry?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was originally designed to protect the sort of sensitive personal information that's stored in a lot of databases, especially those used by the government or financial institutions.

Over the years, it's been amended and changed so many times that it has become hard to understand, vaguely worded and easy to violate. Its wording has been widely interpreted by prosecutors looking to make a tougher case in a crime where the internet is somehow involved. The punishment for seemingly minor offenses are draconian -- a fact that led at least one well-known activist to commit suicide when he was faced with a potential 30-year jail sentence for violating the CFAA.

Be careful: With summer may come more alcohol

In Ohio, vacations, longer days and sunny weather often lead to more parties and drinking. If you carefully control your intake or always walk home, the alcohol may not be a problem. However, quite a few people drive without knowing their tolerance. 

The penalities for driving under the influence can be severe. Here are a few general things to keep in mind to avoid those circumstances.

Ohio officer nearly dies after touching drugs after a bust

It's important to understand that, under the law, you can be held responsible even for unintentional acts that flow directly from an intentional criminal action.

Two men arrested in the small town of East Liverpool, Ohio, are learning that the hard way as they wait to find out exactly what charges they'll eventually face after getting caught with either fentanyl or carfentanyl, both extremely powerful synthetic opioids that can kill with even tiny amounts of exposure.

What are 'party plates' in Ohio?

Consider it the new version of the old-fashioned "scarlet letter" when you see bright yellow plates with red lettering on an Ohioan's car.If you don't know this already, you should.

The state purposefully shames drivers who are convicted of operating under the influence (OVI), which is Ohio's version of a drunk driving charge. The red and yellow plates are sometimes jokingly called "party plates," but for those stuck with them, they're certainly not a joking matter, and they're definitely no party

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