The use of ankle monitoring bracelets by law enforcement in Ohio and around the country has more than doubled since 2005 according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and this has raised the concerns of America's civil rights advocacy groups. Electronic monitoring is portrayed by the authorities as a progressive and cost-effective alternative to incarceration for nonviolent offenders, but critics of the technology claim that the devices are intrusive, may be unconstitutional and condemn offenders to virtual prisons.
Police officers in Ohio and around the country are generally required to obtain warrants before obtaining personal documents and papers, but information that is willingly shared with others, such as telephone companies or banks, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment under what is known as the third-party doctrine. The digital age has greatly changed the way information is collected, distributed and stored, and the scope of both the Fourth Amendment and the third-party doctrine have become contentious legal issues as a result.
Not every criminal suspect in Ohio identified by an eyewitness is the guilty party. Research studies have found that witnesses are prone to mistakes that get reinforced as criminal cases progress through the justice system. Reforms adopted by some law enforcement agencies have shown strong potential for reducing identification errors that lead to wrongful convictions.
Search warrants are an important privacy protection provided by the Fourth Amendment. Ohio residents often expect this law to protect them from unlawful searches and privacy violations by police. There are situations, however, when police may search a vehicle without a warrant. Determining whether a vehicle search was legal or not is an important part of many criminal cases.
In an effort to save the lives of potentially hundreds of people, an Ohio family has worked tirelessly since losing a loved one in a drunk driving incident in 2013 to pass what has come to be known as "Annie's Law." On Nov. 15, however, media sources reported that as the year's end approaches, the family may be running out of time.
Ohio residents may have heard of the concept of aiding and abetting in terms of committing a crime. Legally, this is also known as accomplice liability.
This past weekend was a busy, high-risk time on Ohio roads. Memorial Day means that many people travel. With the change in traffic as well as the risk of DUIs, police were out in higher numbers to enforce traffic laws.