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Right to Counsel Not Always Guaranteed in Civil Contempt CasesSunday, 03 April 2011 11:33
A parent who fails to pay child support as ordered by a court in Ohio faces penalties both civil and criminal in nature. The penalties and procedures for these cases are different, though, especially when it comes to the issues of seeking a court-appointed attorney for indigent defendants.
Most people are aware of the right to an attorney in criminal cases. Advising a defendant of his right to counsel is part of the familiar Miranda warnings required to be read to defendants before interrogation upon their arrest. A criminal charge for non-support of dependents, which ranges in penalty from a first-degree misdemeanor (maximum of 180 days in jail) to a fourth-degree felony (maximum of 18 months in prison) carries this right to counsel. Upon the showing that the defendant is indigent, and cannot afford to hire an attorney, the court must appoint legal representation.
What To Do In An Automobile AccidentThursday, 20 January 2011 18:45
With today’s snow storm, be sure to drive carefully and leave plenty of space between vehicles. In the unfortunate event you are involved in an accident, here are some tips to make sure you are fully protected in case of injury or property damage: