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Attorney Doug Riddell Quoted in Toledo Blade & Columbus Dispatch on Impact of New Medical Marijuana Law on OVI Arrests

June 24, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Awards & Recognitions   |   Comments Off on Attorney Doug Riddell Quoted in Toledo Blade & Columbus Dispatch on Impact of New Medical Marijuana Law on OVI Arrests

Attorney Douglas Riddell was featured this weekend in an article discussing the effect of Ohio’s new medical marijuana law may have on OVI arrests in the state. In the article, Doug discusses the fact that the per se “legal limit” for driving with marijuana in your system is virtually zero.  After all, up until now, […]

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Can the Police Search and Arrest You for A Minor Misdemeanor (e.g. Marijuana Possession or a Traffic Offense) in Ohio?

December 10, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Can the Police Search and Arrest You for A Minor Misdemeanor (e.g. Marijuana Possession or a Traffic Offense) in Ohio?

Can Police Arrest You for a Minor Misdemeanor Such As Marijuana Possession or a Traffic Offense? In most circumstances, if you are pulled over for a traffic offense or minor misdemeanor in Ohio (including minor misdemeanor marijuana possession), the police cannot arrest you.  By definition, a minor misdemeanor (including having less than 20g of marijuana […]

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Can the Police Search Your Car for Marijuana if You Say No in Ohio?

November 30, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Ohio Drug Laws   |   Comments Off on Can the Police Search Your Car for Marijuana if You Say No in Ohio?

The police pull you over for speeding.  Or for not using your turn signal.  Or for marked lanes. Or for any other small traffic violation.  The officer walks up to your car and asks to search the car.  You say no.  In Ohio, can he search it anyway? If the police ask to search your […]

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Warrantless Search of Apartment Based on Officer Viewing Marijuana Through Glass Door Unconstitutional

October 15, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Ohio Drug Laws   |   Comments Off on Warrantless Search of Apartment Based on Officer Viewing Marijuana Through Glass Door Unconstitutional

One recent Ohio case – State v. Ambrosini, 2015-Ohio-4150 – highlighted the importance of knowing Ohio search and seizure law in a marijuana possession case. In this case, police smelled marijuana and saw though a glass door someone smoking marijuana inside an apartment.  The police entered the apartment – without a warrant – claiming the “plain view” […]

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Does Marijuana Possession or Paraphernalia in Ohio Count as a “Criminal” Record for Purposes of Employment Applications?

October 15, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Criminal Defense, Ohio Drug Laws   |   Comments Off on Does Marijuana Possession or Paraphernalia in Ohio Count as a “Criminal” Record for Purposes of Employment Applications?

Answer: It depends on how you were charged and under what statute you were charged or convicted.  When is a Marijuana Possession Conviction in Ohio NOT Considered a Criminal Record? You do not have to report an Ohio marijuana arrest or conviction on an employment application or license if the following apply: You are arrested and charged […]

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Drugs Found in Driver’s Pants Pocket During Traffic Stop Thrown Out Due to Illegal Search

December 01, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Drugs Found in Driver’s Pants Pocket During Traffic Stop Thrown Out Due to Illegal Search

One recent Ohio case highlights the importance of cruiser video evidence in traffic-related stops.  In this case, a car was pulled over for crossing the fog line.  Once pulled over, the officer said he smelled marijuana coming from the car.  He asked the driver to step out and then testified that he smelled marijuana coming from […]

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Evidence of Marijuana & Other Drugs Thrown Out Due to Illegal Warrantless Search of Home’s Backyard

August 27, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Criminal Defense, Ohio Drug Laws   |   Comments Off on Evidence of Marijuana & Other Drugs Thrown Out Due to Illegal Warrantless Search of Home’s Backyard

In this case, police were conducting a “knock and talk” to discuss suspected drugs in the home.  The police did not have a warrant.  However, one of the officers ventured to back of the house — without a warrant — and observed marijuana plants on the deck.   This observation then supported a warrant to […]

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Marijuana Possession & Paraphernalia Charge Thrown Out for Lack of Reasonable Suspicion

June 22, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Criminal Defense   |   Comments Off on Marijuana Possession & Paraphernalia Charge Thrown Out for Lack of Reasonable Suspicion

In State v. Casey, 2014-Ohio-2586, the court threw out a possession of marijuana and paraphernalia charge based on the officer’s violation of the driver’s Fourth Amendment rights.   Even though the driver passed field sobriety tests, the officer made the driver sit in his cruiser and wait for a canine unit to search his car […]

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Marijuana Possession Case Thrown Out Due to Unlawful Traffic Stop

December 17, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Criminal Defense, Ohio Drug Laws   |   Comments Off on Marijuana Possession Case Thrown Out Due to Unlawful Traffic Stop

The defendant’s pickup truck was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  The trooper said that the defendant drove outside the fog line once and onto the fog line twice.  He also noted that the defendant had California plates. Upon pulling him over, the trooper asked the defendant how long he had been in California, […]

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Marijuana Possession & Paraphernalia Charge Dismissed Due to Illegal Search

December 16, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Criminal Defense   |   Comments Off on Marijuana Possession & Paraphernalia Charge Dismissed Due to Illegal Search

As we have discussed previously on our blog, the police cannot stop and search your person or your car unless certain standards are met.  This issue came up again in a recent case before the Second District Court of Appeals. In State v. Hawkins, 2013-Ohio-5458, officers were patrolling in an area that had recently seen […]

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