Q: If someone gets ticketed in Ohio and needs legal representation, does the lawyer need to be from Ohio?
A: Yes. Lawyers are regulated and licensed on a state by state basis. In order to practice law in the State of Ohio, the lawyer must be licensed in the State of Ohio (having either taken the bar exam in Ohio or filed the required paperwork to waive in from another state with reciprocity). Unless the out-of-state lawyer is a member of the Ohio bar, he or she generally cannot practice law or represent clients in court in the Ohio.
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