Criminal Law

“Yes, you will lose your license for a minor drug charge!”

Posted in Criminal Law

Think a minor drug charge is no big deal and you should just pay the ticket? Think again. In Ohio, any drug conviction will result in you losing your license for a minimum of six months up to five years.

A judge is not required to grant you driving privileges during your suspension and many do not. The license suspension is mandatory and no, it does not matter that you weren’t driving your car when you were originally charged with the drug offense.

An attorney who understands the Fourth Amendment, search and seizure laws, the judicial process and one who is not afraid to fight for you is necessary to help your chances of avoiding a drug conviction and lengthy license suspension.

Attorney Dan Sabol has won many difficult cases where the officer did not have a right to search his clients either on the street or in their car. Those cases resulted in dismissals for attorney Sabol’s clients and they avoided lengthy license suspensions. If you are charged with a drug offense, make sure you contact attorney Dan Sabol to discuss your case and explore your options. All initial consultations are free of charge.

If Naked Do Not Commit Theft

Posted in Criminal Law, News

Actually, if fully clothed, you should probably not commit a theft offense either.

If you have been charged with theft, even if it is just a small item and you think it’s no big deal and should just plead guilty, think again. A theft conviction is a criminal offense. A criminal offense will stay on your record for the rest of your life. A theft conviction will come up on any background check for future employers. A theft conviction will indicate untrustworthiness and make it extremely difficult, if not impossible for you to get a job and keep one. Bottom line, a theft offense needs to be fought by an experienced criminal defense attorney so you can try to avoid having it on your record for the rest of your life.

Attorney Dan Sabol has successfully represented hundreds of people charged with theft offenses and has been able to keep theft convictions off their records. If you are charged with a theft offense, make sure you contact attorney Dan Sabol to discuss your case and explore your options. All initial consultations are free of charge.

This blog post inspired by a recent news story of a naked Pennsylvania man stealing socks at Walmart.

Attorneys Paul Kuzmickas and Megan DiVencenzo Debut on Radio Show

Posted in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Misc, News

Tune in to channel 1420 AM in Cleveland and online at WHK Radio from 6-7pm on Saturday, January 21 to hear LHA’s own Cleveland attorneys, Paul Kuzmickas and Megan DiVencenzo discuss the ins and outs of criminal and bankruptcy law in Ohio.

The Scorpio Show airs every Saturday in Cleveland from 6-7pm and is hosted by international businessman Marco Almazan. Topics on the show range from politics, business, economics, finance and more.

We are honored to have our attorneys debut on The Scorpio Show and look forward to hearing them discuss their views on the law.

Ohio Supreme Court ruled that trafficking charge applies even without drugs

Posted in Criminal Law, Misc, News

In a 6-0 ruling, The Supreme Court of Ohio decided yesterday that drug dealers still face major penalties even if the drugs that were meant to be sold were never found.

“The earlier decision said a detectable amount of the controlled substance must be present in the drugs that are offered for sale before a court can impose the stiffer penalty for major drug offenders.”

The facts in the opinion state that “During a sting operation, petitioner Oliver Lucien Garr told a police informant that he would sell him two kilograms of cocaine. Garr and the informant met in a parking lot with the understanding that Garr would deliver the cocaine to the informant, but due to a disagreement over payment they did not complete the sale. Garr never produced any cocaine, and the state never recovered any substance offered for sale in connection with the events. Police arrested Garr several months later.”

Garr argued that there was no “detectable amount of a controlled substance” and referenced State v. Chandler. The trial court rejected his argument and imposed a mandatory ten-year prison sentence concluding that Chandler does not apply to offer-to-sell trafficking cases such as Garr’s.

In the news: Columbus Dispatch article and The Supreme Court of Ohio summary