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It’s International Beer Day: Time to Brush Up on Ohio Liquor Law

Today, August 4th is International Beer Day!   As you celebrate, here are some state laws to be aware of. Ohio Revised Code Title 43 covers liquor law. 4301.01 defines beer as “all beverages brewed or fermented wholly or in part from malt products and containing one-half of one per cent or more of alcohol by …

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Ohio Supreme Court rules on handling of blood samples in OVI cases

The Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday that provided some clarification about admitting blood test results in drunk-driving cases. The case before the court involved an accident where an alleged drunk driver hit and killed a pedestrian. The driver, Michael Baker, consented to a blood test, which was taken at 1:50am. The officer kept the specimen in his …

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Ohio Supreme Court clarifies OVI sentencing laws

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today on Ohio’s sentencing laws for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI), clarifying some confusion about the repeat-offender statute and resolving a conflict between Ohio district courts. In an opinion penned by Justice French, the court found that when someone is convicted of an OVI …

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Juvenile adjudication can’t be used to enhance penalties for adult crimes if right to counsel is not provided

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that a juvenile adjudication cannot be used to enhance the penalty for an adult crime if the adjudication had the possibility of confinement and the juvenile was not represented by an attorney and did not waive his right to counsel. The case before the Court involved Jason T. Bode, …

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