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Can ignition interlock devices put an end to OVIs?

It is so common to be charged with an OVI in the state of Ohio, even though the consequences of losing your license temporarily should be an adequate deterrent. Possibly, the reason why many people are charged with an OVI is because they are driving under the influence of alcohol without realising it. It is very easy to be over the legal limit and simply not know it, since it's not usually possible to check your own blood alcohol concentration.

However, ignition interlock devices could present a great solution for those wanting to avoid the harsh consequences of an OVI. The compulsory use of ignition interlock devices can be an alternative to a suspended license as the result of an OVI offense. The courts have imposed this penalty because of its proven effectiveness in preventing OVI offenses.

The consequences of distributing prescription drugs

Prescription drugs have the primary purpose of giving medical benefits to those in need. However, when they are used outside of the medical profession, some find use for them recreationally. The reason why these drugs are only available by prescription is because they have the potential to be dangerous and can be highly addictive. Therefore, when people are found to be distributing prescription drugs, the consequences can be very serious.

The penalty for showing the intent to distribute a drug can vary widely depending on the type of drug and the quantity being distributed. However, federal controlled substances laws state that a charge could lead to a prison sentence of between 10 and 30 years. It is, therefore, important to be proactive if you have received an accusation.

What does a forgery accusation mean?

Forgery can happen in many different circumstances, but often it takes place in a business environment. Therefore, it usually occurs in a situation where someone is in a position of trust, and there is a working relationship of some kind.

Those who commit forgery usually take advantage of being trusted, and use this trust to commit an illegal act that is for their own personal gain.

Considerations for child custody involving military parents

Being in the military takes a lot of courage. People of all types serve in the military — single parents, married couples, divorced individuals. If you are in the military and have recently gotten divorced and aren't sure what to do regarding the custody of your children, here are some things you could consider to help make your situation as easy as possible.

If you are preparing to deploy, you need to put together a family care plan. This plan should define who will care for your children while you are deployed. The care outlined should include medical, financial and physical care of the kids.

You can lose a professional license for a DUI conviction

Many professions require employees to acquire a license to do business in the state of Ohio. For example, nurses need to receive licenses from a state board. There are numerous ways for people to lose these licenses, and one of the most common reasons is a DUI charge. Dentists, lawyers and pharmacists are other professions that can lose licenses because of a DUI.

There are many reasons to fight a drunk driving charge. With a solid defense, you may be able to get out of jail time or have a reduced fine. Avoiding a conviction can also help when you have to go in front of the state board to keep your license. Even if you pay the fine and get through having a suspended license, you may need to look for another line of work if you cannot practice the career you studied for. 

Stay calm if your spouse lies in court

Hearing your spouse lie in court, during a divorce case, can really make you angry. However, it is critically important that you stay calm and maintain a professional attitude during the case. Rather than reacting emotionally, look for ways to prove that your spouse is lying. Use your energy in a positive way to make sure justice is served.

For instance, perhaps your spouse is lying about how much money you have as a couple or how much he or she earns. You know your spouse is telling the lies to get out of child support payments or to get an unfair advantage during the property division process.

How to defend against charges of operating a vehicle impaired

First and foremost, operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) in Ohio is just another way to say driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. It encompasses both alcohol and drugs when operating a vehicle. If you face an OVI charge, either for the first time or a subsequent time, you need to know the best ways to fight that charge in Dayton so you can get back to your life.

You need to take a long look at how the traffic stop was conducted that led to your OVI charge. The officer needed to have reasonable cause to initiate the traffic stop in the first place. This means that you had to have broken a law or some other traffic violation for a stop to have been initiated.

Being accused of bribery in Ohio

If you are a person who works as an executive or is employed in a corporation, you might be shocked to find yourself accused of bribery. However, bribe accusations can take place in a wide range of different settings.

While an accusation of bribery does not necessarily mean that you will be found guilty of the crime, it is important that you understand the seriousness of the accusation, and how the law works when it comes to bribery.

What can happen if you lose your cool in traffic?

It can be exasperating when your morning and afternoon commutes put you on the road with other drivers who are impolite, inattentive or downright dangerous. We can understand your frustration. However, it is important for you and other Ohio drivers to know the potential consequences of losing your patience when another driver makes you see red.

Aggressive driving and road rage may at first glance seem similar. Both are driving behaviors that occur when a driver is impatient or angry. Both can cause accidents. However, you may be surprised to learn that road rage is considered a criminal offense.

Can I get charged for having drug paraphernalia?

While it is quite obvious that being found with illegal drugs in your possession will result in a criminal charge, many do not know that it can also be illegal to have drug paraphernalia in your possession.

Many items that can be completely legal in certain contexts can be used to manufacture and administer drugs. This can include needles, syringes and spoons. However, when found in a certain context that gives law enforcement a reason to believe that drugs have been used or administered, criminal charges can be brought.

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