Criminal Cases

Criminal law is composed of rules and statutes that govern certain prohibited acts. The government creates these rules to ensure that public safety and welfare is not threatened or harmed. Criminal law also governs the types of punishments that a person receives if they are convicted of a prohibited act.

Criminal Rules of Procedure

The Criminal Rules of Procedure govern the framework of how criminal proceedings are to run. These rules are applied to ensure that the proceedings are fair, impartial, speedy, and a sure administration of justice. The Rules seek to eliminate unjustifiable expenses and delays. The Ohio Criminal Rules of Procedure may be found here. The following are decisions of interest that relate to the Criminal Rules of Procedure:

Criminal Rule 48(b) - dismissals by the court

State of Ohio v. Louis Rodriguez

State of Ohio v. Stephanie Kolb

Search and Seizure - dog sniff during traffic stop

Sentencing Decisions

State of Ohio v  Payton Ott 16CR167 Double Jeopardy and Merger Doctrine