Government Attachment of GPS Unit to Car is Violation of Fourth Amendment

The United States Supreme Court just issued its opinion on United States v. Jones in January of 2012.  The issue before the Court was whether or not law enforcement's attachment of a GPS unit to a suspect's vehicle was a violation of the suspect's Fourth Amendment rights.  The Fourth Amendment protects the "right of the … Continue reading Government Attachment of GPS Unit to Car is Violation of Fourth Amendment

Officer’s Illegal Seizure Results in Suppression of Evidence

On October 7, 2009, two police officers pulled into a Walgreens parking lot and noticed a pickup truck that was poorly parked leaving the rear of the vehicle hanging approximately four feet into the thoroughfare of the parking lot. The officers stopped their cruiser, got out and walked around the vehicle.  Moments later, two men came … Continue reading Officer’s Illegal Seizure Results in Suppression of Evidence

Breathalyzer Test Results Thrown Out

On April 12, 2011, the Franklin County Municipal Court, Judge Barrows, issued a ruling on a suppression hearing that was held thirteen days earlier. At issue during the suppression hearing was whether or not the senior operator of the breathalyzer had the proper credentialing to operate the breathalyzer.  Pursuant to Ohio law, operators must be properly … Continue reading Breathalyzer Test Results Thrown Out

Ohio Conceal Carry Laws – Effective September 30, 2011

The 129th General Assembly did not waste any time in changing state law to allow citizens with conceal carry permits (CCWs or CHLs) to carry their handguns into new venues.  State Senator Tim Schaffer introduced SB 17 for the first time on February 1, 2011, it passed the Senate on April 13, 2011 and was … Continue reading Ohio Conceal Carry Laws – Effective September 30, 2011