Ohio Law

Criminal Trespassing Charges in Cincinnati

Trespassing in Ohio can be defined by a variety of actions, all falling under the umbrella of unauthorized access or occupancy. If you perform any of the following behaviors without obtaining appropriate permission, consent, or authorization from respective owners, charges of criminal trespassing may follow: In the context of Ohio trespassing laws, the term ‘land,… read more

Is It Illegal To Have Sex in a Car?

People have sex in all types of places and under numerous conditions. While we think about teenagers having sex in a car, the activity is not limited to teens. Many adults engage in sexual conduct in cars. However, could you be arrested for having sex in a car in Cincinnati, Ohio? If so, what conditions… read more

Are Police Scanners Legal in Ohio?

Understandably, many people find it essential to stay informed about what’s happening in their local communities. One tool that some people use to keep up with emergency services and law enforcement activities is a police scanner. However, the legality of these devices in Ohio raises some questions. What is a Police Scanner? A police scanner… read more

Cannabis Laws in Ohio

Ohio has some of the most contradictory and confusing cannabis laws in the nation. The state allows medical marijuana but restricts non-medical/recreational use and permits vaporization but not combustion of THC. In addition, the state still criminalizes possession by people without medical cards but does not impose criminal penalties for small amounts. As a result… read more

How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record in Ohio?

A conviction for any crime in Ohio can result in jail time and the assessment of fines. A conviction will also create a criminal record that will follow you long after your jail time is complete and your fines are paid. This criminal record can impact your life in ways that may make it difficult… 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

Possession of a Controlled Substance: What it Means in Ohio

Are you wondering what possession of a controlled substance means in Ohio? Possession of a controlled substance is a very common charge in Cincinnati.  In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department made 3,370 drug arrests in 2014. Of these, 2,731 (81%) were for possession, while the rest… read more

Ohio Lawmakers Considering New Law to Decriminalize Recreational Marijuana in the Buckeye State

Slowly but surely, governments across the country are decriminalizing recreational marijuana. In Ohio, the cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo – as well as dozens of others – have voted to drop or significantly reduce penalties associated with possession of small amounts of the controversial drug. Now the issue is set to take… 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

Ohio Gun Laws

If you plan to own or possess a gun in Ohio, you need to understand Ohio gun laws. Even though you are guaranteed by the Second Amendment the right to own a gun, Ohio state laws govern gun ownership and rights within the state. You might be able to openly carry a gun in Ohio,… read more