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Elements of burglary and penalties in Ohio

Figures estimate 2.5 million burglaries occur in the U.S. annually though these numbers are decreasing. Most all states define burglary in the same way though penalties vary. Ohio treats burglary as a felony or misdemeanor and requires certain elements for a case....

Why is expungement a crucial process?

A criminal conviction can lead to devastating consequences such as fines, jail time and community service. Unfortunately, a criminal record can also negatively impact future opportunities. Further, law enforcement adds to a criminal record not only with a conviction,...

Can you practice to pass a field sobriety test?

Drinking with your friends and mimicking the field sobriety tests you see on TV can be a fun way to get a laugh on a Friday night. You may even add ways to make it more challenging to make the game more interesting. When you are facing an officer, however, a field...

Can I call my parents after an arrest?

Going through an arrest is a terrifying experience. Often, the process happens so quickly and catches you so off guard that you may not fully realize what is happening. Between getting into a police car and getting to the station, you may start racking your brain...

The weight of binge drinking

College students love to party. They are finally free from their parents' watchful eyes and take advantage. Still, they don't deserve the brunt of the blame when condemning binge drinking - as select high schoolers, young adults, and some older adults also love to...

What happens when police arrest your child?

Trouble with law enforcement can happen to anyone at any age. You may have gone most of your life so far without much interaction with police, but you may have recently learned that your college-aged child has landed in trouble with police. As you try to make sense of...