Category Archives: Ohio Criminal Law

Articles on criminal law in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.

Changes To Drug Schedule Affect Hydrocodone

Drug Schedules Changing For Some Hydrocodone Combos

On October 6th the DEA rule switching”hydrocodone combination products” like Lortab and Vicodin from schedule III to schedule II came into effect.  The rule was passed to curb abuse and encourage patients and prescribers to consider alternative ways to deal with pain.  Previously, these drugs were regulated as Schedule III drugs. drug schedule

Common hydrocodone combinations are used as pain relievers, cough suppressants and enhance the benefits of other drugs like acetaminophen or cough/cold medicines.   [Read the full post. . .]

Drunk And Disorderly, A Definition

drunk and disorderlyDrunk and Disorderly! The crime of disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a violation of O.R.C. 2917.11.  The crime of disorderly conduct is also know, and often charged, as public intoxication.  This broadly defined crime can be charged as a minor misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of $150.00 and no jail time or as a 4th degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $250.00 fine.  Disorderly conduct while intoxicated can be defined as anyone [Read the full post. . .]

It Is The Anniversary Of The Parking Ticket

parking ticketSeventy nine years ago this month, the Reverend Charles H. North of the Oklahoma Third Pentecostal Holiness Church became the first person to every receive a parking ticket.  The controversial “Park-O-Meter” had been installed in the prior weeks and caused a stir amongst the residents.

According to his grandson Dwight Thurmond the parking citation was issued after his grandfather rooted through his coat for the required nickel.  Finding none, he trudged over to the nearby grocery store to get [Read the full post. . .]

The Militarized Police Have Become The Founders’ Worst Nightmare

militarized police force

 

In a great article for the New American, attorney Joe Wolverton reviews the horrors of militarized police set forth in the Randy Balko book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop.”  I have expressed my admiration for the book as a call for a return to “the law” as it was traditionally understood throughout our history.  The publisher of Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop book, explains:

 

The American approach to law enforcement was forged by the experience of

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OVI Checkpoints Are Corrupt

ovi checkpointsOVI Checkpoints are corrupt! That is why I fight against them.

In his book Why People Obey The Law, legal scholar Tom Tyler argues that compliance with the law has less to do with deterrence (fear of penalty) than with the rational decision that complying with the law is in a person’s self-interest. More important to their compliance is the decision that following the law is the right thing to do. Having the biggest impact on their perception of the [Read the full post. . .]