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Arson case brings up bigger issue of health care and privacy

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Criminal Defense on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Every criminal allegation should be taken seriously by the people who are charged. This means aggressively challenging the prosecution’s case and fighting tooth-and-nail to protect the accused’s rights. This is harder to do in some cases when unique circumstances are involved. For instance, a recent case right here in Ohio has sparked disputes over whether a man’s pacemaker can be used as evidence in a criminal case. The man is currently accused of insurance fraud and arson stemming from allegations that he set his house on fire. When denying the allegations, the man [...]

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Don’t let youthful mistakes derail your life

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Drug Offenses on Monday, February 6, 2017. When you’re young, life is a limitless series of possibilities spooling out in front of you. As you grow up and encounter specific life experiences, some of those paths may close permanently to you depending of the decisions you make. Such is the case for young adults whose youthful indiscretions include brushes with the law for drug offenses or drinking and driving convictions. It can be hard to imagine one bad night in your 20s dogging you well into your 40s and beyond, yet this happens all the time. Sadly, many [...]

Hoping for medical pot without THC? The DEA just made it illegal

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Drug Offenses on Friday, January 13, 2017. Evidence continues to mount that marijuana, or compounds found in marijuana, can be an effective treatment for a range of serious conditions ranging from chronic pain to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. In early studies, according to the American Cancer Society, medical marijuana has been shown to slow or stop the growth of cancerous tumors.

Justice Department releases new guidelines for fair photo lineups

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Criminal Defense on Monday, January 9, 2017. If you’ve followed the criminal law or watched much TV, you’re probably aware of “the lineup.” An eyewitness to a crime stands behind smoked glass and chooses the perpetrator from a line of five or six people. It can also be done using photographs — the witness pages through an array of photographs until he or she recognizes the perp.

Can I get into grad school with a drug charge on my record?

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Drug Offenses on Friday, January 6, 2017. A lot of work has been put into preparing for graduate school. You have spent years studying late nights and dragging your feet to class early mornings. The thought of that being taken away suddenly is heartbreaking. Everyone makes mistakes somewhere along their journey. While a drug charge could be the result of one mistake, the repercussions can follow you for the rest of your life.

Conviction for HIV nondisclosure found ‘fundamentally unfair’

On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Sex Crimes on Friday, December 30, 2016. Being unjustly accused of a sex crime would be devastating to anyone. An unfair criminal accusation against a gay, black man with HIV could be immensely upsetting, especially because the accused is dealing with a major medical condition. African Americans and gay men already face societal challenges, and the added stigma often applied to HIV-positive individuals can make life nearly unbearable at times.

Caught Smoking Pot: What can I do?

Caught smoking Pot? On behalf of Mastandrea Law, LLC posted in Drug Offenses on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. Some states are decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana, which might make you think that smoking pot is no big deal. Here in Ohio, though, recreational pot smoking is still illegal. What might be legal in other places still carries serious consequences here. Marijuana laws appear next to scary drugs, like cocaine, ketamine, and even heroin. So are there options for you when you’re facing a criminal charge for possession or use of marijuana? There are a few things you should know beforehand so that if you or [...]