Ohio’s New Child Support Laws Take Effect
SOURCE: CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER | OHIO | SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Changes to Ohio’s child support laws mean that parents who pay at least half of their court-ordered support will no longer face suspension of their driver’s or professional licenses. The measure is aimed at encouraging parents to work, rather than cracking down on them when they can’t or don’t make payments.
Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors
Empowered by years of tough sentencing-law changes in state legislatures and Congress, prosecutors have gained greater leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants and reduce the number of cases that go to trial, often by using the threat of more serious charges with mandatory sentences or other harsher penalties.
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