If you’ve ever watched Law & Order or another courtroom drama, we’re sure you’ve heard the lingo: “not guilty,” “guilty,” “no contest,” and “not guilty by reason of insanity.” However, TV and real life aren’t one and the same.If you’re facing OVI or related charges, it’s important to know what these pleas—formal responses to criminal charges—actually mean. Let’s dive in and talk about what each plea means and when you might consider it.
Can you be arrested and charged for “drunk driving” even if you weren’t actually driving? Sure, it happened in Everybody Loves Raymond (remember when Debra said she had an “intent to nap?”), but could this really happen in real life?
Many patients in Ohio (more than 50,000!) take medical marijuana in order to manage conditions like cancer, PTSD, and chronic pain. Medical marijuana is something like a lifesaver—helping them live better lives.
How many drinks is too many?
If you don’t know your limits, you might end up inadvertently getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. The penalties for drunk driving in Ohio are steep—making this something you want to avoid at all costs.
Public opinion has changed quite a bit since the era of “reefer madness.” Many no longer see marijuana as a “gateway drug” but—at worst—a recreational substance akin to alcohol and—at best—a plant with important pharmacological uses.
By now, most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Decades of public health campaigns have educated the public and discouraged driving under the influence. (Remember “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”?)
The past few decades have seen our nation increasingly crack
down on drunk driving. Ohio (and other states) has passed stricter anti-DUI
laws, strengthened punishments for offenders, and increased enforcement—especially
during periods with a high occurrence of drunk driving.