Law Offices of Ravert J. (Jay) Clark
Experienced Criminal Defense In Cincinnati
Do You Have A Legal Issue? Start Here. 513-909-3336

Cincinnati Criminal Defense Blog

Defending against a RICO charge

A federal RICO charge represents one of the most serious criminal charges you can face in Ohio. It means that government officials believe that you engaged in a form of criminal conduct affecting interstate commerce.

The acronym RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act that Congress passed back in 1970. Originally this Act sought to give federal investigators and prosecutors more power and authority in their fight against Mafia racketeering, but RICO has long since been used to prosecute alleged perpetrators of the following types of white-collar crimes:

  • Bribery
  • Money laundering
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mail fraud
  • Embezzlement

DUI: What constitutes an unlawful stop?

When the police pull you over, it can be nerve-wracking experience, especially if you are intoxicated. It us difficult to remember your rights when a police officer is standing right in front of you. You may or may not know that the police need a reason to pull you over, or else it is an unlawful stop.

It is important know about unlawful stops, as 2.2 percent of Ohioans report driving after consuming too much alcohol, which is greater than the national average. What is an improper DUI stop and how can you use it as a defense?

The pros and cons of refusing a breathalyzer test in Ohio

As an Ohio citizen, it is important to know what rights you have and when to exercise them. However, you should understand that certain rights have a number of associated risks that could land you into more trouble if the surrounding circumstances are not in your favor.

One right that is often questioned is the right to refuse a breathalyzer test if a police officer pulls you over and suspects you of driving under the influence (DUI). While you do have the right to do so, you risk making the potential conviction even worse for yourself. Before you refuse the officer’s request, it is important to understand the potential outcomes that could happen from this decision.

How legal is marijuana in Ohio?

The legalization of medical marijuana has swept through most of the Northeast. Legalization of recreational marijuana has swept the entire West Coast. Ohio sits in a middle ground that can be difficult to understand. Medical marijuana was partially legalized in 2016, but details were sometimes murky.

Marijuana laws changed in our state this spring. You may now be asking where the legality of marijuana lies in Ohio.

What are my Miranda rights?

If you've ever watched a daytime crime show, chances are you've heard someone being read their Miranda rights. By law, cops must read suspects their rights before taking them into custody or beginning the interrogation. Unfortunately, some suspects don't fully understand their rights and inadvertently waive them - a critical mistake.

Here are some things you should know about your Miranda rights.

4 common questions about Ohio drug laws

The intricate details of criminal drug laws in Ohio can be confusing for many people. Someone charged with a drug offense may be overwhelmed by the complex information. If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Ohio drug laws and what charges mean, here are four common questions.

Finding support when your child is tried as an adult

Learning that your child has been arrested and charged with a serious crime can be a devastating experience. Perhaps you wonder if the allegations are true. Or, maybe you blame yourself, wondering where you went so wrong that your child would be in a situation where he or she would even be suspected of illegal activity. You are not alone, as many other parents in Ohio and beyond have faced similar circumstances in the past. In such situations, it is of paramount importance to gain some idea of the process that lies ahead; especially if the case is being transferred to a criminal court.

Retired Cincinnati Police Office Gets Probation

Jeff Brunswick is not a crooked cop. "Crooked cop" brings to mind images of a cop taking money or some other benefit in exchange for looking the other way, allowing someone to get away with a crime. Jeff is a veteran Cincinnati Police Officer who used bad judgment. Judgment which ultimately lead to his premature retirement from the department. Jeff did not receive any money or other benefit. The article unfairly labels Jeff without consideration of all the facts, something frequently done by this particular reporter. The article is an example of the battle frequently faced by criminal defense attorneys representing the criminal defendant.