Where Does the Money Go When I Pay My License Reinstatement Fee for an OVI in Ohio?

If you’ve been arrested or convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI) or a related offense in Cincinnati, Ohio, you likely had your license suspended. To reinstate your driver’s license, you must pay a $475 fee to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMW) – but where does that… read more

Does Online Harassment Apply Under Title IX in Ohio?

Many people mistakenly believe that Title IX only applies to physical actions, such as sexual assault and rape. However, the federal antidiscrimination law also applies to sexual harassment, which includes cyber-stalking and other forms of online harassment.  This makes sense; after all, one of the primary purposes of Title IX is to foster a safe… read more

Are Title IX Complaints Public?

Under Title IX, all students have the right to access educational programs and activities without fear of discrimination based on gender or sex-based factors. Schools must also provide victims with support services such as counseling and medical care following an incident involving sexual misconduct or violence.  Additionally, schools must further prevent incidents by making sure… read more

How To Prove Innocence When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault

Accusations of sexual assault and other sex crimes carry significant weight and can have devastating consequences for the accused. These allegations can ruin reputations, careers, and even entire lives, regardless of whether the accused is guilty.  The cultural and societal stigma associated with sexual assault can make it challenging for the accused to receive a… read more

Can Airport Police Stop You for DUI After Drinking on a Flight?

Many people like to have alcoholic drinks on the airplane. It helps calm the nerves and pass the time on a flight. However, you should never drive after drinking heavily on a plane.  You can be charged for driving under the influence at the airport. A DUI on airport property could result in state or… read more

Felony vs. Misdemeanor DUI in Ohio

The primary Ohio DUI law is found in Ohio Revised Code §4511.19. The law states that you can be convicted of DUI if your BAC is over the legal limit or the alcohol in your system impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle. Impairment is the inability to drive a vehicle with the same… read more

Can You Be Arrested for Cursing at the Police in Ohio

Many people believe that cursing at the police is protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. However, some forms of speech are not protected by the constitution. For example, verbal threats of violence against a police officer are not protected speech. Additionally, while you might want to curse at a police officer,… read more

Things Cops Do That are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do

Cops in Cincinnati, Ohio, do many illegal things. An illegal police action could be a violation of a statute or, more frequently, a violation of the United States Constitution.  Courts have interpreted the meaning of the constitution and Bill of Rights since they were written. These court opinions (called case law) have the force of… read more

Is It Legal To Drive Barefoot in Ohio?

It is the responsibility of every citizen to know, understand, and obey the laws in the area they live. This is especially true when it comes to driving—where ordinary people operate 5000-pound vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour and possibly even higher.  In the state of Ohio, there are dozens… read more

Is It Legal to Shoot an Intruder in Ohio?

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or trailer, you should be able to enjoy a sense of security in your own home. What can you legally do, then, to defend yourself if you find an intruder has broken into your home? Do you have the legal right to defend yourself? In short, the laws… read more