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Some stuff you should know

A few odds and ends from court decisions over the past few weeks...

First, a reminder out of the 3rd District, in State v. Miller-Nelson, that if a judge is going to impose a prison sentence for violation of community control sanctions, he had to specify that sentence at original sentencing hearing.  For a while after the new sentencing laws went into effect back in 1996, it was common for judges to simply place someone on CCS, and then decide what sentence to impose at the violation hearing.  RC 2929.19(B)(5), though, says that if the defendant is given CCS,

The court shall notify the offender that, if the conditions of the sanction are violated, if the offender commits a violation of any law, or if the offender leaves this state without the permission of the court or the offender's probation officer, the court may impose a longer time under the same sanction, may impose a more restrictive sanction, or may impose a prison term on the offender and shall indicate the specific prison term that may be imposed as a sanction for the violation...

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