Putting the Brakes on Traffic Cameras

Last week in Hamilton County, Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled that the traffic cameras installed in the village of Elmwood Place (Pop. 2188) run afoul under the law. He ultimately determined that the local traffic camera ordinance is invalid and unenforceable. His ruling is in line with what most motorists in Ohio already think: red light and speeding cameras do…

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DWT: Driving While Texting – Now Illegal in Ohio

It’s been coming for a while. It’s been popping up in communities all over. Now it’s a state law. Starting today, August 31, 2012, driving while texting is a secondary traffic offense for adults and a primary offense for juveniles. Although the police can only issue warnings until March 1, after that date getting caught working your thumbs behind…

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A Lawyer With Connections

Last week I attended a Federal criminal defense conference. One of the presentations discussed the increase in social media and how it plays a part in everything we do today. When one of the speakers began polling the audience of defense lawyers as to how many of them had heard of or used services like Twitter, Skype, Second Life,…

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Pretrials with a Touch of Tech

At one of my pretrials this morning I was speaking with my client outside of the courtroom. As he asked me whether I had received the discovery from the prosecutor yet, I was able to pull out my iPad, hop online, download the reports, and share what the police were alleging in his case. It’s amazing to think that…

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Probation is Possible!

This morning in court I represented a client charged with an elevated felony charge of Obstructing Justice. This wasn’t my client’s first encounter with the justice system and, in fact, my client had previously served time in prison. Going in to court this morning we had no idea what the judge’s sentence would be. My client was extremely nervous…

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