Newsletter December 2012

As the owner of Arnold Law Firm, LLC, I appreciate the business relationships and friendships that have been developed over the last 20 years of practicing law.  From time to time, I’d like to stay in contact with you to let you know new developments in the law, and with Arnold Law Firm, LLC through my Newsletter.
James Arnold
Arnold Law Firm, LLC

Ohio’s Castle Doctrine:  Presuming Self-DefenseThief   Under the castle doctrine, a person does not have a duty to retreat from his or her own home or their own car or car of a family member before using dealdly force in self-defense or defense of another.   A person is presumed to have acted in self-defense when attempting to expel or expelling another from his or her home or car who is unlawfully present.  Further, under this doctrine, a person attempting to expel or expelling another is allowed to use dealdly force or force great enough to cause serious bodily harm.   The obvious intent of the legistlation was to allow law-abiding citizens to use deadly force when protecitng their homes and families in life-threatening situations from home invasions and carjackers.

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

With a guilty plea comes an array of lasting repercussions.     Guilty   There are sweeping consequences that flow from a guilty plea, particularly felonies.  Although some consequences, such as loss of the right to bear arms or to vote, are often recongnized, many others are overlooked, such as holding public office, jury service, witnessing documents, loss of state licenses, including medical and nursing, loss of federal benefits, loss of immigration status, military service and benefits, and the ability to travel internationally.    Even a DUI conviction can prevent entry into Canada.  It is imperative that you get the advice of competent counsel before entring any plea as there are serious colateral consequences that follow a conviction.

About Our Law Firm

At Arnold Law Firm LLC, we are representing clients in both Ohio and Kentucky on various matters.

Recently we have added an additional office location in Batavia, Ohio.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for that location or at our Loveland-Madeira location, let us know.  We also will make arrangements to meet with you in downtown Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky if that is more convenient.
In addition to our DUI and Criminal Defense practice, we have expanded our areas of practice and are currently representing clients in the areas of Domestic Relations, including divorce, dissolution, custody, visitation and child support matters;  Juvenile Court, including traffic offenses, criminal, custody, visitation and child support; Debt Relief, including assisting in credit repair, debt negotiations, foreclosure defense and negotiations, and bankruptcy;  Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases as well as other areas of law.

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