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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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Fraud Charges and Their Penalties in Ohio

Ohio law treats fraud as both a kind of theft and as a method for committing theft. Penalties for fraud include jail time, large fines, and restitution. Importantly for anyone charged with fraud, a conviction requires proving to a judge or jury that the accused defendant intended to defraud someone or to steal money or property in a fraudulent manner. Working with an experienced Columbus Ohio criminal defense attorney can help prevent a misunderstanding over ownership or permission to escalate into a criminal record.

  • 2016-11-22
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Hit and Run in Ohio: What You Need to Know

Ohio requires every driver involved in a crash to stop and remain at the scene. This is true even for drivers who do not cause wrecks. Committing a hit and run violation can result in serious jail time and a mandatory license suspension, so understanding the rules and consequences is essential.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Ohio

Ohio treats leaving the scene of a traffic accident as a serious offense. Even the victim in a traffic accident can be charged with the offense that state statutes call stopping after an accident if he or she takes off after a crash without first speaking with police. As a Columbus Ohio traffic defense attorney, here is what Colin Maher of The Maher Law Firm tells drivers they must know.

  • 2016-12-21
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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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Out of State Drivers and DUI

Visitors to Ohio are subject to the laws of Ohio. When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this means that anyone found operating a motor vehicle with one of the following blood alcohol concentrations will be arrested and charged immediately:

  • .08 BAC for anyone older than 21 and driving a personal vehicle
  • .04 BAC for anyone driving a commercial vehicle
  • .02 BAC for anyone younger than 21

Ohio police and Highway Patrol officers also specifically test suspected intoxicated drivers for the following drugs:

  • 2016-11-24
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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney

You have hundreds of choices for criminal defense attorneys in and around Columbus, Ohio. Hiring the one who is best able to advise and represent you can make all the difference between avoiding an unfairly harsh penalty and serving a maximum sentence.

The Maher Law Firm understands we won’t be the right defense lawyer for every potential client. Still, we want every individual who gets charged with a crime in central Ohio to receive the best defense available. To help make sure that happens, we outline five types of questions every criminal defendant should ask an attorney before hiring him or her.

  • 2016-11-08
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