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 the wheel will cost you at least $150. For teens, it means losing your license for 60 days the first time you get caught!

As if that wasn’t harsh enough, if you get caught in¬†Beachwood, Brooklyn, North Olmsted, North Royalton, South Euclid, Walton Hills and Woodmere even talking on the phone you’re looking at a huge headache. University Heights is even passing on posting signs for their new law because of the new state-wide one.

My advice: use bluetooth if you have to drive and talk. Or just put the phone away until you get to your destination. You can be saving yourself some money, possible points on your license, and perhaps the lives of your fellow commuters.

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 for years the only way defense attorneys learned what was in the police reports was from having a prosecutor read it to us word for word. Today I can have the reports and photos at my fingertips in an instant!

Of course not every lawyer uses this technology to his advantage, but I insist that I stay on the cutting edge of what’s available in order to provide my clients with every possible advantage. Call me and see how we can use leading technology to enhance your defense.