Stevenson Andrew H


Stevenson Andrew H
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301 E Main St
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 653-0961
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In certain cases involving drug crimes, drug court is a possibility Those in Ohio who are charged with certain drug offenses may have the option to have their cases moved to drug court. In short, drug court offers a court-supervised treatment program for drug addiction. Drug crimes are not taken lightly by the state, so there are very specific qualifications one must meet in order to have his or her case moved to drug court. If you are admitted into this treatment program, criminal punishment may be waived if it is successfully completed. Going to drug court requires a long-term commitment. You will be required to attend meetings, submit to drug testing, make court appearances and attend therapy sessions with an approved counselor. This can last for several months to over a year. If you fail to stick to the program in its entirety, your case will be sent back to the criminal court system for prosecution. Drug court has many rules and regulations that are incredibly strict. Compliance is non-negotiable. To learn more about drug crimes, drug court and how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you with your case, please take a moment to visit our firm's website. In Ohio, as in other states, the drug court program has helped quite a few individuals in overcoming their drug addictions, allowing them to move forward and lead more productive lives. It has also assisted in reducing criminal justice system costs as fewer people are being sent to jail. While not all drug crimes cases can be moved to drug court, if you believe yours qualifies and think that taking this step would serve your best interests, you -- alongside legal counsel -- can petition the court for admittance into this treatment program.

*Question Of The Week: -Can Auto-Brewery Syndrome Be Used As A Possible Defense In DUI Cases? (If you have a question you would like answered please send a private message to this page) In Ohio and elsewhere, DUI cases may be dismissed for a number of reasons, including lack of evidence, testing errors and medical issues -- among others. When it comes to medical issues, there is one in particular that can cause a high blood-alcohol readout on a breath test, even if the individual accused of impaired driving has not partaken of any alcohol. The disorder, known as auto-brewery syndrome, is a real thing and may be used as a criminal defense in a DUI case. If a person has auto-brewery syndrome, it means that his or her body turns excess yeast from foods into alcohol. The process of converting carbohydrates into alcohol takes place in the small bowel. While this will increase a person's blood-alcohol content (BAC), the individual may not feel intoxicated as he or she would were he or she to actually drink alcohol. This is believed to be a relatively rare condition, though more cases continue to be reported. Those who suffer from auto-brewery syndrome can function with higher BACs than those who do not. However, there are some who may feel its effects. In one particular case, a woman, who regularly drank orange juice -- even though doing so made her feel like something was not quite right medically -- ended up causing an accident. Her Breathalyzer readout was just above her state's legal limit, and she was charged with DUI. It was eventually found that she suffered from this disorder, and she was able to secure a plea agreement and have her charges reduced. With medical proof of auto-brewery syndrome, it may be possible to secure a case dismissal or charge reduction in a DUI case. Obviously, this criminal defense that will not work for everyone, but it is something to consider in certain cases. Those in Ohio who believe that medical issues contributed to their high Breathalyzer readouts and DUI charges can work with legal counsel and medical professionals in order to fight the criminal charges in court.

Studies and surveys have shown that most parents do not know what their children are doing online. Over 70% of parents are unaware of how their kids use their smartphones and tablets. Over 70% of teens are intentionally hiding certain behaviors. Many of these teens are committing felonies and don't even realize it.
Welcome to the world of teens, computers, and prosecutors who want to look tough on sex offenders.

Ohio felonies: What elevates a crime to felony status? Criminal charges are filed based on the severity of the crime allegedly committed. There are misdemeanors, which are considered relatively minor in nature, and there are felonies, which are for those crimes which are more severe. In the state of Ohio, what is it that elevates a crime to felony status? Felony offenses tend to involve moral turpitude. In other words, these are acts that go against community standards. Violent crimes, certain drug crimes, DUI's resulting in injury or death and the like are all considered felony level offenses. The punishments for felony offenses can be quite severe and often include hefty fines and imprisonment of a year or more. First-time offenders, though their punishments may be significant, may receive lighter sentencing than those who are considered repeat offenders. Every case is unique in how it will be fought and what the final results will be. Those crimes that are considered felonies are not taken lightly by the state of Ohio. Anyone accused of felony level offenses has a lot to lose if convictions are ultimately achieved. As such, experienced criminal defense attorneys can be retained to help those accused fight their cases in court. Thankfully, there are various defense options that may be put into action which can result in a case dismissal or a reduction in charges and/or penalties. One's legal counsel will be able to give guidance and direction so that informed decisions can be made, and the best outcome possible for the circumstances can be achieved.

*Question Of The Week: -What Are The Six Primary Steps In A Criminal Jury Trial? (If you have a question you would like answered please send a private message to this page) 1-Jury Selection or Voir Dire A criminal jury trial begins with jury selection, which is called voir dire (to tell the truth). A pool of potential jurors is gathered from voter/BMV registrations. Out of this pool an initial set potential jurors are randomly seated. Ohio requires 12 jurors for felony cases and 8 jurors for misdemeanor cases. Once the first set of potential jurors are seated in the jury box, the prosecutor and defense attorney take turns ask the potential jurors questions. The purpose of the questions is to gather background information and determine if a prospective juror has any bias or conflicts that would prohibit him/her from being on the jury. After the questioning, both the prosecutor and defense attorney seek to have those who cannot fairly sit as a juror excused. The judge makes the final decision as to whether or not a potential juror can fairly and impartially judge the case. As potential jurors are excused they are replaced by others from the initial pool and the process continues until there are no more objections to the seated potential jurors, who then become the actual jury. 2-Opening Statements Once the jury is selected, both sides (prosecution and defense) then give opening statements. An opening statement is intended to be an overview of what either side believes the evidence will be or show. Prosecutors tend to explain the nature of the charges against the defendant and how they believe that the evidence will support a finding of guilt. After the state gives its opening statement, the defense provides its perspective. In my opening statements I find it important to tell the jury my client's side of the story, one which sometimes has been untold until then. 3-Prosecution Presents Its Case/Witnesses The primary and usually longest part of a criminal jury trial is the presentment of the state or prosecutor's case. This consists of calling witnesses. Witnesses provide testimony (I saw, I did, I heard, etc.) and some witnesses provide testimony and introduce evidence (I collected a DNA sample, I took this picture). Some testify about subsequent examinations or tests done on evidence (DNA, ballistics, etc). After each witness has answered the prosecutor's questions, the defense attorney is permitted the opportunity to question the state's witness. This process of questioning a state's witness by the defense attorney is called cross-examination; it is considered to be the hallmark function of a defense attorney at trial. The prosecutor will continue the process of calling witnesses who provide direct testimony and are then cross-examined until the prosecutor believes he has proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt or there are no more witnesses left to testify. 4-Defense May Present Witnesses After the state has called all of its witnesses, the defense is permitted, but is not required, to call witnesses to the stand. In many trials the defense does not call any witnesses. This is because the defense has no burden of proof. In a criminal trial the state, and state alone, must convince the jurors of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense does not need to prove innocence. Therefore, if the defense can create sufficient reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt through cross examination, there is no need for defense witnesses. 5-Closing Argument Closing arguments are conducted once all the testimony and evidence has been given to the jury. The prosecutor and defense attorney use the closing arguments to convince the jurors to vote their way. Prosecutors argue/explain to the jury why their witnesses should be believed or why the physical evidence shows the defendant's guilt. The defense attorney explains why the evidence is lacking or witnesses were not credible, and therefore, the appropriate verdict is not guilty. 6-Jury Deliberation Jurors are finally permitted to begin to discuss and deliberate the case after closing arguments. The jury as a whole must determine for each charge or alleged crime whether the defendant should be found guilty or not guilty. In criminal cases a jury's verdict on each charge must be unanimous. This means that all 12 (or 8) jurors must vote the same - all 12 must vote guilty or all 12 must vote not guilty. If a unanimous vote cannot be reached, the case is declared a mistrial due to a hung jury and the whole process must be completed with a new jury pool.