Chris BeckBlog, Criminal Defense

Regardless of your opinions on the use of marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, the current law in Ohio makes possession of marijuana illegal.  The most common interaction an individual has with law enforcement is during a traffic stop.  In 2011, a study by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (study here) shows that approximately 42% of face-to-face contact U.S. residents … Read More


Chris BeckBusiness Law

If you are a business owner registered as an Limited Liability Company and you have a partner(s) your business should have an Operating Agreement prepared by an experienced attorney.  Starting a business with partners is an exciting and often intimidating and scary time.  Way to often a friends or colleagues start a business without the proper legal safeguards in place.  It is important to draft … Read More

Custody Rights of Children Born to Unmarried Parents

Chris BeckDivorce and Custody

We often get the question “What are my rights to a child if we are not married?”   Ohio Revised Code § 3109.042 provides that a child born to unmarried parents is deemed to be in the sole custody of the mother unless and until a court with proper jurisdiction rules otherwise.  This means that the mother has all of the rights and the father has … Read More

The 3 Phases of an OVI/DUI Investigation

Chris BeckDUI

A traffic stop can be one of the most  intimidating moments for any person.   It is even more intimidating when a person is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  This post is designed to show what happens when a person is suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence, commonly referred to as Driving Under the Influence, DUI, Impaired Driving, … Read More

Understanding the Misdemeanor Court Process


Helping clients understand the court process is essential to providing a strong defense and assists our clients with overcoming the fears and anxiety they are facing. This blog post is designed to assist the reader with understanding the process that may unfold when facing a misdemeanor charge in Ohio. We strongly suggest you consult an attorney immediately if you believe you may be charged or … Read More