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Ohio moves toward prosecuting drug dealers for overdoses

In Ohio, the police are now taking a dual-pronged approach to the epidemic of opiate overdoses within the state: When someone suffers an overdose, they naturally try to treat the overdose victim. If the victim survives, he or she is pushed toward treatment. However, the state is also now tracking down the providers of the drugs used in the overdose with an eye towards prosecution.

New law protects overdose victims and those who try to help

House Bill 110 is the new 911 Good Samaritan law, recently signed by Governor John Kasich. The law provides immunity for someone who has overdosed as well as the person who calls 911 to get help. Ohio has now joined with 37 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting legislation that may save lives

Don't be intimidated into a plea deal that's unfair

Since the 1980's, when the United States starting seeing the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences and "tough on crime" laws, there's been a steady transference of power away from the judges and the nation's people—and directly into the hands of the nation's prosecutors.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation fallout continues

Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation has fired one scientist and suspended five others after case reviews revealed that scientists failed to properly document the results of 140 toxicology tests over just a six-month period in 2016.

New ruling changes the way Ohio treats cocaine crimes

Ohio, like many other states, treats drug crimes involving cocaine more seriously than they do crimes for "soft" drugs like marijuana. Additionally, until recently, the penalty you faced for a cocaine-related crime depended largely on the amount of the drug that you either possessed or sold, measured by weight alone.

Charged with drug possession? Find a litigation defense attorney

If you've been charged with drug possession, look for an attorney who is prepared to litigate your case, not one that will automatically go for a plea deal with the prosecution for the minimum sentence possible. Otherwise, you could be trading your entire future stability for a quick end to your present problems. Here are a few things to consider.

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