When can grandparents take custody of a child? A nonparent can be awarded custody of a minor child if the court makes a finding of parental unsuitability. Parental unsuitability can be determined if the "parent abandoned the child; contractually relinquished custody of the child; that the parent has become totally incapable of supporting or caring for the child; or that an award of custody to the parent would be detrimental to the child.” Parents who are suitable persons have a paramount right to the custody of their minor children.
In other words, parents have a right to care for and raise their children. In order to infringe on that right, someone must first demonstrate that the parent is unsuitable, commonly known as unfit parents. A typical case of parental unsuitability is when the parents leave the children with the grandparents and disappear for a long period of time. In such an instance, the grandparent will likely be able to prove parental unsuitability and may be able to obtain custody of the children.
A Sharon Township DUI attorney represents individuals charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, otherwise known as OVI
, as well as a number of other traffic offenses and related charges. OVI cases usually are made up of two potential offenses: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs. For a first time offense, the court must suspend the offender’s driver’s license
for a minimum of 180 days and incarcerate the individual for a minimum period of of 72 hours. The mandatory penalties increase with higher test results and repeat offenses. (more…)
When one is accused of DUI in Lodi, that person will need the services of a Lodi DUI attorney. In Ohio, a DUI is technically called an OVI, which stands for operating a vehicle under the influence. OVI is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19
and typically consist of two separate charges: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs. If convicted, one faces a minimum suspension of one’s driver’s license for 180 days and a minimum period of incarceration of 72 hours, with increased minimum for repeat offenses or a high test for alcohol. (more…)
A Westfield Center DUI attorney represents individuals charged with OVI in Westfield Center.
Misdemeanor OVI cases in Westfield Center are heard in the Wadsworth Municipal Court. Felony cases may have initial hearings in Wadsworth Municipal Court, but are heard in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas.