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Freedoms lost by convicted felons in Ohio

Being convicted of a felony in Ohio brings with it a lot of consequences. For starters, the convicted felon will be sentenced to prison. Depending on the crime committed, the felon could be facing anywhere from one year to life in prison. The felon might also face thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Today, we will take a look at the freedoms lost by felons convicted in Ohio. Here are some key points:

  1. You will lose your right to serve on a jury when convicted of a felony in Ohio. There is a chance this right can be reinstated after your sentence is complete but it is not guaranteed.
  2. The law in Ohio also revokes a convicted felon's right to vote while they are in prison. A convicted felon is allowed to vote while serving probation or parole. They are also allowed to vote once their prison sentence has ended.
  3. Convicted felons might also wind up being ineligible for federal benefits. This includes food stamps, assisted housing, temporary cash help for needy families and even student loans.
  4. Those convicted of a felony offense involving violence or drugs are not permitted to own, carry, be in the possession of or use a firearm under Ohio law. Gun rights can only sometimes be restored after a sentence is served.

Can you rescind a white collar plea bargain?

If you face a federal white collar crime charge in Ohio, you and your attorney may have the opportunity to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor. It may surprise you to learn that upwards of 90 percent of federal white collar criminal cases are resolved this way. In addition, for those defendants who choose not to accept a plea bargain, juries convict about 90 percent of them.

You need to understand that in any plea bargain you gain certain advantages, such as a possibly reduced prison sentence and the monetary savings of not having to take your case all the way to jury trial. Unfortunately, however, you also agree to certain negative things in a plea bargain, including the following:

  • You give up your constitutionally protected right to a jury trial.
  • You have to admit your guilt in open court.
  • You become a convicted felon.
  • Normally you give up the right to appeal your conviction.
  • Normally you cannot later change your mind and rescind your plea agreement.

Defenses for white collar crime charges

White collar crimes are common in the business world as thousands of people try their best to defraud organizations or embezzle money from individuals. These crimes require a strong defense in order to have the charges reduced or dropped so that you don't wind up behind bars for years. Today, we will take a look at the various white collar crimes defenses you can use in a case.

The most common type of defense you can use for a white collar crime charge is that of entrapment. Entrapment occurs when someone a member of the government presents someone with an opportunity to commit a crime that the subject would not have committed otherwise.

Mounting a strong defense to drug charges

Being faced with a drug charge in Cleveland, Ohio, is stressful. You either have to fight the charge or take the punishment that the court hands you -- so it makes sense to start looking at your possible defenses.

Today, we will look at the best way to mount a strong defense to drug charges in Ohio.

Is white collar crime prosecution on the decline?

Those facing white collar criminal charges are probably understandably nervous and stressed at the prospect of spending significant time behind bars or paying thousands (if not millions) of dollars in fines. But according to recent data, white collar criminal prosecutions are falling across the United States.

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Catherine Rampell makes the case that, despite some high-profile white-collar criminal cases in the news recently, the U.S. is actually on track for the fewest prosecutions in over 30 years (as far as the data goes).

What does cyberstalking include?

Cyberstalking is a rather loosely-defined crime in that it can encompass a whole host of different activities that are carried out online. As much as the internet has changed our lives and our communication over the past few decades, it has also changed criminal activity. It is important to know how this works.

Generally speaking, cyberstalking is just the act of harassing or stalking someone -- or, in some cases, an entire group -- using "electronic means." Often, this means going on the internet, but not always. For instance, text messages could also constitute cyberstalking. The same is true for messages on social media or emails. If it takes place on an electronic device, it may qualify.

DNA collection of criminal defendants in Ohio under scrutiny

Ohio maintains a database of DNA profiles. They are designed to aid police investigators as they track down criminals involved in cold cases and new cases alike. By law, everyone arrested on a felony charge is required to submit genetic material that can then be added to the system.

Unfortunately, a recent investigation has just determined that the majority of police departments have been somewhat haphazard in their collection methods. This has resulted in an uneven application of the law against some defendants and not others.

What are the 5 most financially damaging types of cybercrime?

In our digital era, more people have access to the internet than ever before. This has many advantages—it means that people around the world can communicate with each other more quickly than ever, sharing their experiences and ideas. However, the age of the internet comes with disadvantages as well: Cybercrime, for example, is at a peak.


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