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Violent Crimes Archives

What constitutes a hate crime?

Hate crimes are a unique category of criminal law. It’s often hard to draw the line between hate crime, hate speech, free expression and other types of crime. Knowing the difference can help Ohio residents understand their rights and how to use them.

How a court decides if you are competent to stand trial

In some criminal cases, the defendant has an underlying mental issue that affects their ability to navigate a complex legal process. These problems may range from dementia or amnesia to dissociative identity disorder. Even without a diagnosis, a court may call into question a person’s competency to stand trial.

Some Ohio neighborhoods are more crime-heavy than others

There are some streets Ohio residents don’t walk down if they can help it. There are some neighborhoods they avoid driving through. However, if you reside in one of these areas, you might have a greater risk of both committing and becoming a victim of crime simply because you live there.

The conditions for shooting in self-defense

Gun violence is a problem for Ohio, particularly in our larger cities. However, Ohio still allows residents to carry firearms because they can be a tool of protection from crime. Guns have both good and bad outcomes, but sometimes the person who pulls the trigger in self-defense faces criminal charges or a wrongful death lawsuit.

U of Cincinnati football player charged with aggravated battery

Alex Thomas is a junior cornerback for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Last season, the 20-year-old picked off four passes. He was recently accused of much more than intercepting passes, however: along with another man, he is accused of armed robbery.

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