Criminal Defendants’ Legal Rights

Criminal Defendants’ Legal Rights

What Legal Rights Does a Criminal Defendant Have? Choosing not to testify is an important Constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment, but it certainly isn’t the only legal right to which criminal defendants are entitled.  Being criminally charged is a jarring experience, but understanding your rights can help to put your mind at ease as

Voting With Criminal Conviction

Voting With Criminal Conviction

Voting with a criminal conviction in a presidential election in Ohio is possible if the person meets the following requirements for eligibility: 18 years old U.S. Citizen 30 day resident of Ohio Not deemed incompetent by any Court Is not determined to be ineligible due to election fraud Isn’t currently incarcerated for a felony conviction however, once

Sealing Your Criminal Record

Sealing Your Criminal Record

Sealing Your Criminal Record To begin with, it’s important to realize that, in Ohio, the process of clearing one’s criminal record is referred to as Sealing Your Criminal Record. The term expungementis often used interchangeably, but refers to the same thing. Secondly, not every person or crime is eligible to seal your criminal record. In

Expunging Your Criminal Record

Expunging Your Criminal Record

Expunging Your Criminal Record In Ohio, expunging your criminal record is the same as sealing a record. It is a legal process provided under Section 2953 of the Ohio Revised Code that allows one to have any and all references to a prior criminal conviction cleared and their court file sealed. The result of this process

What You Should Know About Federal Sentencing Guidelines

What You Should Know About Federal Sentencing Guidelines

You will encounter Federal Sentencing Guidelines if you are charged with a crime in Federal Court.  These guidelines were established in 1987 for the stated purpose of imposing fairness and consistency in federal sentencing practices. Initially, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines were mandatory, and a sentencing judge had no choice. However, the United States Supreme Court in