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Can I Receive Driving Privileges?

Ohio law allows people to regain limited personal driving privileges after they lose their license due to a criminal or traffic offense. Commercial driving privileges stay suspended for the entire period of a court-ordered or administrative suspension. Working with a license suspensions attorney in Columbus Ohio can shorten the time a person must refrain from driving altogether.

  • 2016-12-24
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Should You Hire a Columbus Traffic Ticket Lawyer?

According to a 2012 news article in The Columbus Dispatch: “showing up in court almost always pays off. A review of more than 4,500 tickets issued in work zones around the I-71/670 interchange and on I-270 found that more than 93 percent of people who went to court (or had an attorney go to court for them) instead of mailing a check or entering a credit-card number online walked away with reduced or dismissed fines. Court officials say such statistics are a real-world glimpse at how the judicial system operates, not only for construction-zone speeding tickets but for all kinds of minor traffic offenses.”

  • 2015-12-22
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Maher Law Firm Launches New Responsive Website

Maher Law Firm is a leading DUI/OVI and criminal defense law firm in Columbus, Ohio. We teamed up with Columbus web design and marketing company Cynexis Media to strategically redesign our website and align it with our goals and mission.

Our new and improved website has a strong design, user-friendly layout, and dynamic, engaging atmosphere. The custom site comes equipped with a content management system (CMS) and is built with HTML5 and CSS3. The background of the home page displays a time-lapse video that adds a completely new dimension to the site.

  • 2014-04-29
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Domestic Assault and Battery Charges

Ohio state statutes group domestic assault and battery under the label “domestic violence.” Further, no clear distinction is made between “assault” and “battery.” In states where a legal difference is recognized, battery involves making contact with another person. An assault can occur with or without contact.

Although most violations of domestic violence laws are prosecuted as misdemeanors, penalties can be severe. Because accusation of assaulting a family member or a romantic partner who share your house can stem from a misunderstanding and or self-defense, hiring a Columbus, Ohio, criminal defense attorney as soon as a charge is filed is very important.

  • 2016-11-10
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About Breath, Blood, and Urine Tests in Ohio

When you operate a vehicle in Ohio, you do so with “implied consent,” meaning that if you are arrested for OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) Ohio law requires that you take a test of either your breath, blood, or urine. The arresting officer gets to determine which test you take, and the test must be consented to within two hours of driving.

If you’re arrested and refuse to take the test, you may have your license suspended for one year for the first offense, two years for the second offense, and three years for the third offense. 

  • 2015-03-31
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How Can a Domestic Violence Lawyer Help Me?

Your domestic violence defense attorney will treat you fairly and with respect.

Few people may want to listen to your side of the story after police charge you with threatening or harming someone close to you. As your legal representative, advisor, and ally, an empathetic and ethical Columbus domestic violence lawyer will never prejudge you and will always work to achieve the result that is in your best interest.

  • 2016-09-17
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DUI Checkpoints: Know Your Rights

Many drivers don’t know what to expect when they reach a DUI checkpoint and it often causes them to approach the officers in a wary manner.  It is important to understand your rights when it comes to facing potential interactions with police officers.  Columbus, Ohio DUI traffic stops are often set up around major events or holidays to catch those drinking and driving.  Before you are out on the roads, you should have an understanding of your rights and what is to be expected when you reach a checkpoint.  

 

DUI checkpoints are in place to catch drunk drivers, but often times others are detained because they are unaware of the many rights afforded to them by the Constitution and governing state laws.  Many drivers feel agitated and display body language that may indicate fear when interacting with an officer.  Once drivers understand what to expect at a traffic stop, many are less likely to provide the officer with any reasonable suspicion to extend the stop.

  • 2015-01-09
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