Combatting Unlawful Evictions in Ohio

Kyle Kirts has worked as an attorney in and around Dayton, Ohio, for the last five years. Over the course of his career, Kyle T. Kirts has served clients in a variety of court cases, including tenants who have been unlawfully evicted.

In Ohio, an eviction is only lawful after being determined so by a municipal court judge. There are four primary defenses against an eviction lawsuit. Firstly, a landlord who attempts to facilitate eviction by dishonest means (shutting off utilities, for example) will be subject to legal action. Secondly, landlords who fail to comply with the legal strictures of the eviction process may also face legal action; for example, if they immediately file a lawsuit without serving the necessary three-day notice prior to eviction, they may fail in their pursuit.

Thirdly, there are a number of health codes and building standards to which a landlord must adhere. In the state of Ohio, if a landlord fails to meet these standards, a tenant may legally withhold rent until living conditions are improved. Finally, an eviction that is shown to be rooted in prejudice or some other form of personal malice is illegal and will not be upheld in a court of law.


Arguing a Traffic Ticket in Ohio

An attorney with more than 15 years of professional experience, Kyle Kirts maintains a busy private practice in Dayton, Ohio. Kyle T. Kirts regularly represents clients cited for traffic violations.

In the state of Ohio, a driver accused of a traffic violation may plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Regardless of the plea chosen, Ohio statutes stipulate that it must be entered prior to the date shown on the ticket. A guilty verdict results in immediate sentencing by the judge and points on the driver’s record. For some drivers, this may result in an insurance rate increase. Some drivers may choose to plead no contest instead of guilty, which means that they do not dispute the charges brought against them. The likeliest outcome of this option is a guilty verdict, although it does allow for the driver to explain the situation and potentially reduce charges.

A not guilty verdict means that the case will go to trial. If this happens, most experts suggest that the driver hire an experienced traffic lawyer to argue his or her case. An attorney can advise the defendant on potential plea bargains, evidence admission, and other details that can strengthen the defendant’s case.