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    • Reminder: On President's Day, Courts, Governmental Agencies and Some Businesses Closed

      A friendly reminder that courts, government agencies and some businesses are closed today for the President's Day holiday! If you're looking for some fun Presidential trivia, click here , here or here .
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    • Why You Need To Have The Right Attorney Right Away

      I can't count the number of cases where I get calls from parents/spouses/significant-others who ask me to take on a case later into the game -- some as soon as a few days before a trial. In some of these cases, I can help. I have had a lot of success defending people Other times, I simply can not help the person. This can be for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from scheduling to not having ...
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    • Judicial Release and Tax Refund Season

      I have had a lot of people calling to ask me about Judicial Release in the past few weeks. After discussing the initial facts of the case, including if their loved one is eligible to file for judicial release , we usually discuss finances. I have had a lot of people ask if they can use their tax refunds to pay for the judicial release. The answer is yes. As I tell people, the process of filing for ...
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    • Have You Ever Wondered About Proposed Laws?

      Have you ever read about proposed laws and later wondered "I wonder what happened to the bill about XXXXX?" The Ohio General Assembly has a website that allows you to search for pending and approved legislation -- from bills that have been introduced to bills that have been signed into law. The website can be found here . So if you're wondering "what ever happened to that gun/nursing/criminal bill ...
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    • Searching for an Inmate in Ohio? Searching for an Inmate in the Federal System?

      I often have people ask "can you tell me if XXX is in prison?" It may sound like a simple question, but many people do not know how to find out if their loved one is in prison or jail. I also often get calls from victims of crime wanting to know if the person who attacked/victimized them is still in prison. While each jail is different, and only a few local jails have online inmate registries, we ...
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    • Sealing and Expungement in Ohio and How Even Dismissed Charges Can Haunt You

      Did you know that Ohio law allows people convicted of certain offenses to be expunged or sealed? Unlike some other states, Ohio allows people convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors to expunge their criminal conviction. The statute is laid out here . The statute also allows people who were charged -- but not convicted -- the ability to seal those arrests and charges. While you may think ...
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    • My Rant: Pro Bono vs. Free Services

      On an almost daily basis, I get at least one phone call from someone asking if we do " pro bono " law and if we will take their case pro bono. The answer is yes and no. Our firm does a good amount of pro bono legal work -- usually at the request of certain non-profits, agencies or public officials. In these cases, our firm has an established relationship with the person or organization making the ...
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    • Friendly Reminder: Law Enforcement Will Be Out In Full Force for the SuperBowl

      A friendly reminder: law enforcement will be out in full force tonight looking for drunk drivers during and after the Super Bowl . As such, before you head out to cheer on the Patriots or Eagles , remember to have a plan of attack for how you will get home. As always, if you or a loved one has an issue tonight, please do not hesitate to contact our firm at 330-653-8511.
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    • Changes to Ohio Judcial Release Statute - What Even Some Judges and Attorneys Don't Know (Yet)

      A recent change to Ohio's Judicial Release Statute has gone unnoticed by many judges and attorneys. Under the new changes to Ohio law, offenders who are now sentenced to under two years of incarceration at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction can now file for judicial release once they arrive in the prison system. Prior to the changes, offenders had to serve at least thirty (30) ...
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    • Immigration, Credit Cards and Criminal Law

      In a recent case in Medina County , following a long, drawn out battle, VanHo Law was able to obtain the dismissal of a case involving a business dispute that turned into a criminal case. In the case, a small business owner was charged with passing bad checks after a check was dishonored by the bank. The full story included that the services that the check paid for were performed horrifically -- ...
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    • Follow Our New Twitter Profile: @OhioEntrepLaw

      As we previously announced , VanHo Law is planning to expand to include Entrepreneur Law! We're slowly getting the kinks in the new website updated, but we've got Twitter up and running. Please feel free to follow our Twitter account @OhioEntrepLaw . We'll be passing along ideas, inspiration and tips for entrepreneurs. Some of it will be our original works -- some of it will be retweets -- and ...
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    • Changes in Ohio Law Regarding Fantasy Sports Betting

      The Ohio General Assembly has recently made some changes regarding fantasy sports betting. While fantasy sports betting has been around for decades, with advancements in the internet, fantasy sports betting has become a multi-billion dollar industry . House Bill 132 , which will regulate the industry in Ohio, goes into effect on March 23, 2018. The bill will grant the Ohio Casino Control ...
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    • A Few Ideas to Help You In The New Year

      The other day, while discussing various news topics, I had a friend of mine ask me what are the top legal tips for the end of the year. My friend, a reporter at an area television station, was looking for some tips to pass along to her viewers. Even though the new year has started, you can take this time as an opportunity to evaluate where you are and how you want to move forward. So here are a ...
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    • Attorney Adam VanHo to Appear on WFMJ (NBC-Youngstown) at Midday

      Attorney Adam VanHo will be serving as a legal analyst today for WFMJ's Midday newscast . Attorney Adam VanHo has served as a legal commentator for the show previously, as well as served as a legal commentator for a number of other news outlets around northeast Ohio. Today's topic will include Christmas drones and 'to shovel or not shovel?' If you would like to tune in, and you are not in the ...
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    • The New Tax Bill and Your Family: Various Views on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (HB1)

      I have had a number of folks ask me for my input/criticism/praise of the new tax bill that just passed the Senate -- and is later expected to pass the House and be signed into law by President Trump. As I am not an expert on tax law -- nor do I wish to become one during the holidays -- I believe that it is best to point people to resources from various organizations regarding the bill. While I ...
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