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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Insurance Defense for Ohio on
Q: Mom got DUI in truck that is in my name, and had no insurance on it which I thought she did. Will I get in trouble?

I did not know she was drinking and driving, also didn't know she never had insurance on it.

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Douglas A. Ball answered on Nov 20, 2017

You need to contact an attorney in the area where the alleged charges were brought as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. The State has several options available to them on how to proceed, and you need an attorney versed in the law to discuss your options with you. This could be a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: I resently got a DUI they messed up on my ticket threw it out of court then reissued me a new DUI. Can they do that?
Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Nov 20, 2017

There is not a short answer, pat answe,r that can be given to your question. There are many factors that could play into the State's decision. You should definitely speak with an OVI/DUI defense lawyer in the area where you were allegedly charged. I would do an attorney search as soon as... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: My boyfriend was arrested on a warrant stating probation violation from his dui last year but he paid his fines no po

He never had a po or anything so how is it a probation violation

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Douglas A. Ball answered on Nov 20, 2017

You should refer back to his original sentencing information or have an attorney review it to determine what the Court ordered as to the conditions of his probation. You might also contact the Probation Department to clarify what conditions were ordered. Also, the OVI/DUI laws changed in 2017.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: What happens if you refuse a sobriety test?
Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Oct 25, 2016

Refusal To Submit For An Alcohol Test

Refusing to submit for a test of your blood alcohol content (BAC) in Ohio will automatically suspend your license. There is an additional penalty that doubles the time you must wait to receive limited driving privileges.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: 3rd ticket under 18 in Ohio. One speeding, a reckless opp and a accident , what am I looking at when I go to court
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Douglas A. Ball answered on Oct 3, 2016

You need to check with the BMV on your points assessments. Were you able to do any remedial courses? Did you plead quilty to the previous charges? There is no way to determine what a Judge may or may not do without more detailed information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Is good behavior probation the same as non reporting?

I live in fairfield county and was charged with petty theft and I was given a plea deal in my pretrial of good behavior, no refusal 2 year probation with 30 hours of community service and I was wondering is good behavior the same as non reporting and what does no refusal mean?

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Oct 3, 2016

Did you take the plea deal? If I am understanding you correctly, you are on 2 years of probation with good behavior and are required to 30 hours of community service. If you do not commit your community service with the time allotted, you may be faced with a violation of your probation. At such... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: My wife went behind me and filed taxes separately and claimed kids. I am primary wage earner is she allowed to do this.

We had extension filed as I changed accountants with my business. She I believe is contemplating divorce and went behind me to do this. As a joint return we would have owed 2k. Without her 5k but she took herself and claimed the kids leaving me owing over 10k.

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Sep 22, 2016

You should contact an attorney for a consultation as soon as possible. When it comes to the IRS it is always best to seek legal advice. There are many factors that need to be considered and speaking/meeting with an attorney will help you clear up your legal rights.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Q: My wife and I are going through with a dissolution. If we make an agreement on child support can/will the judge be ok...

with our agreement? Or will he make me pay the standard child support?

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Sep 22, 2016

The bottom line is that it all depends on the Judge. Depending on your local Court rules, in order to deviate child support from the actual worksheet calculation, the parties or one of your attorneys will have include specific language to justify the deviation. There are many factors that go into... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: is it true you can call the bar association and get a lawyer to help for free
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Douglas A. Ball answered on Sep 21, 2016

If you are considered indigent by the Public Defender's office in the county where the alleged incident took place, they will assign you a Public Defender for your case. Otherwise, I would advise you contact the local county where the incident took place to inquire about their lawyer referral... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: I and my wife got married in Ghana 12 yrs ago. We are in the states and want to file for divorce. Can it be done here?

Can we file the divorce here in the states or we have to file it in Ghana where we got married.

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Sep 19, 2016

Yes, you can file for divorce in Ohio as long as you meet the residency requirements of being domiciled in Ohio for the minimum period of time. Certified copies of the marriage license and other documents may be requested by the Court depending on the Court's local rules. Good luck to you!

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Was going 77 in a 50. I'm 17 years old and this is my first offense. Will I lose my license or what will happen?
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Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 27, 2016

If you accumulate 12 points or more in a period of 2 years, your driving privileges will generally be suspended for 6 months. After that period, you'll need to take a remedial driving course. After you complete the course and satisfy the requirements of your OH driver's license suspension, you'll... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on
Q: I need advice on adoption

We have had my neice since she has been 4 months old CSPS terminated the order and gave us full custody on 3/21/13 through juvenile court we would like to adopt no visitations from parents in 3 years no court order for visitations she will be 5 in September what do we need to do

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 25, 2016

It sounds like you have done everything right to this point. In order to adopt, you need to have legal custody for at least a year in most counties. I strongly recommend that you contact an attorney who practices juvenile/probate law in your county. The next steps will require that you file in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My bf Had A No contact Order On Me For M1 Dv And Caught Another Now F4 DV. Do you think He'll For sure Get Prison time?
Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 21, 2016

I believe this post is related to one that I recently answered. If he has been charged with an F4, he is now most likely in Common Pleas Court. Felonies have much greater consequences, one of which may include jail time.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If Already On Misdemeanor Probation For M1 DV Does Catching A Second One Mean Serious Time? If Only A Small Bite Mark ?

My Boyfriend Was Already On Misdemeanor Probation For A Previous Dv He Caught Against Me Last Summer. We Slowly But Surely Started Messing Around Again after the First Incident Happened. Well Like Exactly A Year Later We Got Into An Argument Because He Sold Something That He Had Bought For Me,... Read more »

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 21, 2016

It depends on the terms of his probation and the duration of the first protection order. Once you filed the complaint, it is ultimately up to the State of Ohio if they wish to proceed.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: Had a DUI in WV 9 years ago. Haven't had my license since. I live in Ohio now.

I paid my fines off, finally, and WV wants me to do 2 years of the interlock program. I already went through the safety course that was also required. I live in Ohio now. Is it possible for me to bypass the interlock for 2 years since I now live in Ohio?

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Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 20, 2016

I am not familiar with WV OVI/DUI law, but you would certainly have to satisfy your obligations to WV. I suggest speaking with your attorney there to see if he can negotiate an agreement with the Court to allow you to install the interlock on a vehicle in Ohio. Make sure to ascertain if they... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: husband blew a .075......What are chances of getting it dropped/no license lost
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Douglas A. Ball answered on Aug 20, 2016

A .08 is the legal limit. Many states have been considering lowering that limit to as low as .05, so there is a chance that he could still be charged with an impairment charge. Have a lawyer in your area review his field sobriety tests and get full discovery, including any audio or video,... Read more »

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