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The majority of federal drug charges involve cases of trafficking while the majority of local and state arrests involve charges of drug possession. Trafficking refers to illegally distributing and selling a controlled substance, often between state lines. Typically, federal drug charges involving trafficking carry harsher punishments and longer sentences than possession charges.
In 2011, a New York man was caught on the Ohio Turnpike trafficking 17 pounds of heroin, valued at $3.8 million. Initially state troopers pulled the man over for tailgating another vehicle, but they soon discovered the heroine hidden in a refrigerator in the back of the truck. You can see the full coverage of this large heroin drug bust in this news report.
To learn more about the differences between state and federal felony charges, contact Rion, Rion & Rion. You can reach our office by calling (937) 999-2316.
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In many cases involving divorce, both spouses typically have a sense that their marriage is strained before someone files a divorce petition. As many couples contemplate legally ending their marriage, many people begin to wonder if any advantages come with being the first one to file. While it’s not wise to rush a complicated and emotional decision like filing for divorce, there are some significant financial and legal advantages to being the first one to initiate divorce proceedings
Gathering all important documentation
In divorce proceedings, it’s crucial to have documentation of all of your financial information including bank statements, brokerage statements, and tax returns. You should also have a copy of all of your insurance policies, wills and trusts, and retirement accounts. In many cases, it can take considerable time to locate and copy all of this necessary documentation, especially if your spouse is hiding financial documents. Filing for divorce first will allow you to organize all of your documentation and place it in a secure location before your spouse is served with divorce papers.
Accessing funds and credit before filing
If you feel that divorce is likely in the future, then you should start setting money aside for the expenses involved, including hiring a divorce attorney and paying legal fees. You should also make sure that you have a credit card in your own name, because it will be harder to get your own line of credit once a divorce proceeding begins.
Choosing where your divorce will be adjudicated
Typically, the jurisdiction where you file for divorce determines which court will be handling your case. If you and your spouse are currently living in separate homes or you own property in different states, then you should check the legal implications of filing for divorce in these different states.
For more information on filing for divorce in Ohio, contact Rion, Rion & Rion at (937) 999-2316. Our attorneys handle a variety of cases ranging from divorce to federal felony and misdemeanor cases. Both John H. Rion and Jon Paul Rion are both listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
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When an individual is charged with a state misdemeanor or felony or a federal crime, the court usually sets bail. Bail is the amount of money a criminal defendant must pay in order to be released from jail pending a trial date. When a trial is over, bail money is returned to the defendant. A judge sets the bail amount based upon flight risk, the nature of the misdemeanor or felony charge, and the danger the defendant poses to the community. For example, an individual who has been charged with murder or another violent felony may face a much higher bail than someone who has been charged with a misdemeanor such as a DUI.
The criminal defense firm of Rion, Rion & Rion is here to answer all of your questions about criminal law. Call our experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys at (937) 223-9133 to get started today!
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When a man arrested for DUI charged the police with violating his rights, his appeal made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Missouri man was pulled over on suspicion of DUI and refused a blood alcohol test. Unfortunately, the arresting officers insisted on drawing his blood—without a warrant or judge’s approval. While law enforcement wants the flexibility to conduct these so-called searches, the Supreme Court justices disagreed and ruled that warrantless blood tests are a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
If you are pulled over for a DUI, you are facing a serious criminal charge, and it is essential that you know your rights. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer in Ohio today to find out more about felony and misdemeanor DUIs and OMVIs. Call the defense team at Rion, Rion & Rion at (937) 223-9133 for more information.
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After being arrested and charged with a crime, many criminal defendants never end up going to trial. When you hire a defense attorney to take on your state misdemeanor or felony charge or a federal felony charge, your lawyer can help you determine if your best bet is to go to trial or to negotiate the charge down to a plea bargain to avoid a potentially more serious punishment. Always discuss your individual circumstances with your lawyer. To learn more, take a look at the steps involved in a criminal plea bargain.
At any point in your case, your criminal defense attorney may advise discussing a plea bargain with the state’s attorney. Plea bargains are sometimes advised if the defendant wants to avoid a lengthy public trial or does not want to face the possibility of jail time. Plea bargaining is essentially a private negotiation between your attorney and the prosecuting attorney, and you have the right to be informed throughout the process.
Depending on the severity of the crime and whether or not a defendant has prior convictions, a skilled criminal defense attorney can help his client avoid steeper fines and strict penalties like jail time. For example, a DUI charge can often be pleaded down to a minor traffic offense.
After discussing the results of negotiations with the state with his or her client, the criminal defense attorney will enter a final plea that represents the agreed-upon misdemeanor or felony charge. While plea bargaining usually involves a guilty plea, a defense attorney is usually able to obtain significantly more lenient sentencing.
Being charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense is a life-changing experience, and even a DUI or OMVI conviction has the potential to throw off the course of your personal or professional wellbeing. If you are facing state or federal charges, call the criminal defense lawyers at Rion, Rion & Rion at (937) 223-9133. We can help you determine if going to trial or pursuing a plea bargain is in your best legal interest.