When law enforcement officers seek to gain more information about a suspected crime, they occasionally need to engage in a search and seizure. This involves entering a private property to try to obtain evidence in relation to a crime, or illegal material such as unlawfully owned guns or drugs.
Occasionally when a person is charged with a crime, the judge decides that the sentence should be a suspended one. This means that the person convicted will not have to serve his or her sentence straight away, but should instead serve jail time a few years or months down the line or not at all.
It seems that calling 911 for help would be the natural thing to do if you suspect a friend has overdosed on drugs. But what if you do not want to get your friend in trouble or you have been using too?
If you're striking out on your own at college this year, you need to understand how the law works regarding drugs and something called constructive possession.
Was a driver too drugged to be behind the wheel because of the methadone prescription he was taking? Was just getting behind the wheel itself an act of recklessness that deserves serious prison time?
Ohio is one of the many states that have become battlegrounds in the war on opioid drug abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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