Letter to the San Francisco Police Department

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I had some trouble expressing the outrage I felt over the arrest of a San Francisco attorney for advising her clients on their rights in court… you know the thing that she spent years getting educated, licensed and trained to do. What’s more amazing is that the San Francisco Police Department stands by the decision of Inspector Brian Stansbury to arrest her.

I decided the only way for me to respond was to email the SFPD (while channeling Yosemite Sam and Uncle Jesse from the ...

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Peyote Peace Pipe: To toke, or not to toke…

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As a Columbus, Ohio criminal lawyer, clients routinely ask me some unusual questions. Recently, a client contacted me with an interesting one.

He wanted to smoke sacramental peyote, but wondered if he legally could. Sacramental peyote is an ancient tradition of some American Indian tribes that involves ingesting peyote which the United States Government and most states consider to be a dangerous drug.

My client is not an American Indian, but he wanted to know if he joined a ...

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Ohio Driving Under Suspension

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A person may face Ohio Driving Under Suspension Charges for various reasons like not having insurance, have an outstanding warrant, not paying child support, refusing to take breath test, among other things.

Ohio Driving Under Suspension versus Expired or Revoked License

The difference between the two terms “suspended” and “expired” or “revoked” license is not obvious.

The main difference is that a suspension of drivers license is temporary; sometimes the suspended license in Ohio is for a specific ...

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Ohio Felony Drug Possession Penalties

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Ohio Felony drug possession penalties are based on the drug and the quantity. The greater the quantity of drugs, the higher degree of felony charged.

Felony Drug Possession Penalties in Ohio are strict and the laws complex. Different types of drugs are divided into five Schedules. These schedules are prioritized according to the risk of abuse.

Under Schedule I, the risk of addiction caused by drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, are higher than the other schedule. Under ...

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Ohio Drug Charges

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Ohio drug charges prosecutions, both for trafficking and possession have increased considerably in recent years. The State of Ohio has implemented stern drug trafficking laws to prevent the illegal creation, possession, consumption and trafficking of drugs. A person who is suspected or convicted of such serious drug offenses, faces severe sanctions courtesy of Ohio lawmakers. The severity of penalties from drug charges depends on the degree of the offense. The potential penalties may include both hefty fines as well ...

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Ohio Trafficking Penalties Can Be Harsh

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Ohio Trafficking Penalties under state law can be very strict and a person convicted of this offense may face severe consequences. The penalties for drug trafficking in Ohio may include one or more of the following sentences; fines, cancellation of license, forfeiture of property or a potential prison sentence. The sentence for drug trafficking depends on the type of drug, the place where the deal was fixed and its proximity to a school and the amount of the drug.

Under Ohio ...

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