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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Remember to Vote Today!

    Remember: Today is Election Day! In order for democracy to work, we must participate and vote in our elections. Below are some links to help you decide who you should be casting your ballot for on this Election Day. Remember that polls in Ohio will be open from 6:30AM until 7:30PM. Akron Area League of Women Voters 2014 Voter's Guide Akron Bar Association Judicial Candidate Reviews Akron Beacon ...
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  • Why Judges Matter and Why You Need to Vote

    I often have people tell me how they don't vote for judges -- or that they play the name game, voting for whichever "Mc" or "O'" appears on the ballot. When I ask them why they don't research who they are voting for, the most common answer I hear is 'I'm not a lawyer, so why do I care?' This is absolutely the wrong attitude to take. Often times, judges impact our lives in ways that we never ...
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  • Home for the Holidays? The Basics on Judicial Release.

    With the holidays quickly approaching, I have started to receive a lot of phone calls asking about how to apply for judicial release. Judicial release, or early release, is the process by which convicted felons can be released from prison before serving their entire sentence. Usually, the person is placed on some form of probation or other monitoring under the supervision of the court that sent ...
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  • Happy Halloween!

    Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween! Halloween is here! Children (and adults) will be parading around in costumes searching for candy and fun. You should check with your city, village, township or homeowner's association to see the dates and times of trick or treating. Most cities and homeowner's associations have this information available on their websites. Please remember that law enfocement ...
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  • Listen to Attorney Adam VanHo on WAKR Tonight During the Cavs Game!

    You can hear Attorney Adam VanHo during the commercial breaks on WAKR 1590-AM. Please remember that if you are out celebrating what will be an awesome season for the Cavs, find a designated driver or call a cab. Police will be out in full force tonight and will be looking for drunk drivers.
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  • Happy Anniversary to the Ohio Innocence Project!

    Happy tenth anniversary to the Ohio Innocence Project ! If you are not familiar with the Ohio Innocence Project, they have worked to free wrongfully-convicted individuals from around Ohio in a variety of cases. In Summit County alone, OIP has helped free seventeen individuals who were wrongfully convicted -- but the work continues. OIP has released a video to celebrate their first ten years. You ...
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  • Early Voting Is In Full Swing! Learn About The Issues And Candidates!

    EARLY VOTING HAS BEGUN! In order for democracy to work, we must participate and vote in our elections. Below are some links to help you decide who you should be casting your ballot for on Election Day. Remember that polls in Ohio will be open from 6:30AM until 7:30PM on Election Day, but that you can already vote through early voting. Akron Area League of Women Voters 2014 Voter's Guide Akron Bar ...
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  • First Time DUI / OVI Penalties in Ohio

    I get frantic phone calls all of the time from people: "I just got arrested for drunk driving. What am I realistically facing?" In Ohio, the penalties for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence, also known as OVI or DUI, are laid out in the Ohio Revised Code. A handy cheatsheet of potential penalties is laid out on the Garfeild Heights Municipal Court website , but the actual penalties depend on ...
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  • Attorney Adam VanHo Featured on WEWS Discussing Controversial Breathalyzer Machine

    Attorney Adam VanHo was recently featured on Channel 5 (WEWS) discussing problems with the Intoxilyzer 8000, which is a machine comonly used by local, county and state police when detecting and prosecuting drunk drivers. As pointed out by Attorney VanHo, the machine is controversal and its results have been thrown out in courtrooms throughout Ohio.
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  • Attorney Adam VanHo's Experiment in Blogging

    After spending the better part of the last four decades giving my opinion on just about every topic -- from the law, politics, society, the environment, Springsteen, Mellencamp, Cleveland sports teams and recipes for the grill -- I have formally decided to enter the Blogosphere. Usually my opinions have been limited to those people who are within the sound of my voice, but in recent years, have ...
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  • OVI / DUI Over The Fourth? Here's What To Do (And Not To Do)

    Many people don't know it, but the Fourth of July is the biggest weekend for beer sales during the year. Americans are estimated to purchase 68.3 million cases of beer for the holiday . The Fourth of July is also one of the prime times to get a OVI / DUI. Police are out in full force, and already this holiday weekend, people have spent time in jail cells with bad hangovers and court dates. So what ...
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  • Appeals: The Final Frontier (Or The Role Of Appellate Courts And How They Work)

    "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." -Opening lines to Star Trek Many people believe that a criminal ends once the trial judge pounds his or her gavel. False. While the news cameras and reporters may go away, and ...
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