February 24, 2017

For years, it has been the general practice of many of the municipal courts in Cuyahoga County and throughout Ohio to accept pleas of “no contest” from defendant’s looking to resolve their cases.  Generally, this practice was followed by the court inquiring whether the defendant was stipulate to a finding of fact or a finding of guilt and then proceeding forward with entering a finding of guilt and imposing sentence.  However, for serious misdemeanor cases which include drunk driving or “OVI” this practice is not enough and actually requires the resulting conviction to be vacated and replaced with a finding of “not guilty.”

This conclusion has been...

February 23, 2017

DUI/OVI Conviction We Got Reversed and Remanded by the Eighth District Court of Appeals Where The Municipal Court Did Not Properly Take A Plea:



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