Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Eve Safety Plan

New Year's Eve is upon us, and plans are being made for celebrations to ring in 2017.  A recent decision from our court emphasizes the importance of celebrating safely.  

In the hundreds of DUI cases that I have handled over the past 25 years, the fact of not having a plan in place before attending a function, gathering, or celebration stands out as a key factor resulting in charges.  In a decision released just this week, our Court of Appeals found that erratic driving, bloodshot & glassy eyes, and the time of the stop (10 pm) gave the officer probable cause to arrest for DUI.  No odor of alcohol, no coordination issues, and no other obvious indications of impairment.    

New Year's Eve is a holiday in which law enforcement is fully staffed and have as many officers out as possible.  They are looking for poor driving, burnt out turn signal or license plate lights...basically anything that gives them the opportunity to stop someone to make sure they are not impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Their job is to ensure the safety of individuals traveling on the roadways, something that we all respect.

So if you are planning on celebrating this year, make sure you have a plan in place for the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road--a plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.  Include a sober designated driver in your group if you plan on drinking and must travel.  Using a taxi service or taking advantage of celebration packages at hotels that offer rooms at reasonable rates are other alternatives, both here in Wooster and in larger cities nearby.     

As I often tell my family and friends, there is no comparison between the cost of taxi ride or hotel package and the burdens of a DUI charge--financially, on your life, and those around you.  Have a New Year's Eve safety plan in place before heading out to celebrate, and make it a resolution for years to come--it's a decision you will not regret.  

Have a safe and happy 2017 from all of us at KCKB Law!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Verterans Selfless Service

“There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t worry about who gets the credit”
-Dr. Ted Williams, Professor of Chemistry, The College of Wooster

Today we honor our veterans for their service to our great nation.  It is with great pride that I share this story about Army Captain Jonathan Grassbaugh, whose service to our country continues in his absence.
                In 2007, Captain Grassbaugh was killed in action in Iraq. His widow, Jenna, also a veteran who served in Iraq, was determined to honor his name. Given that his personal motto was “non sibi”, meaning “not for oneself”, Jenna decided that helping other veterans would be the best way to honor her late husband. 
With that in mind, Jenna donated one-half of her late husband’s life insurance policy, $500,000.00, to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project was officially established. The project continues to grow, now in its 3rd year of helping veterans in Franklin and surrounding counties with housing and consumer issues.
                  This is just one example of the selfless service of our veterans who have served, and are proudly serving our country. So when you thank a veteran for their service, make sure you recognize them not just for serving our country, but doing so with selfless honor. 

Here is a link to the story, courtesy of Court News Ohio:


Deer hunting without Permission


On September 17, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court found that a Huron County hunter who took a trophy white tailed deer must pay $27,851.33 because he did not have lawful permission to hunt on the property where he took the deer. 

Under Ohio law, a hunter must have written permission to hunt on the land of another, and keep that written permission on his person at all times. A violation of that law carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine on a first offense, and a 90 day jail sentence and a $750 fine on any subsequent violations. If that’s not enough, Ohio law permits the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to seek “restitution”, or a money judgment, for an antlered-white tailed deer with a gross score of more than 125 inches.

The Huron County hunter, who believed he had permission because he was hunting on a relative’s property but did not have that permission in writing, was found guilty of hunting without permission, received a small fine, and the deer was forfeited to the State. Afterwards, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources notified him he owed an additional $27,851.33 for the buck that scored a whopping 228 6/8 inches! His hunting license was immediately revoked and his right to hunt was suspended until he pays the amount in full.  The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the law in its recent decision.

As deer season approaches, make sure that you have proper written permission with you while hunting on someone else’s land or it could be an extremely expensive day in the woods!

Here is a link to the Supreme Court’s decision:


Welcome to the new KCKB Law

On behalf of my partners, welcome to the new  It is our hope that our new website will provide you, our user, with useful information on our firm and the work we do for our clients. 

We have also expanded our digital footprint onto popular social media platforms, such as FacebookTwitter  Yelp and LinkedIn. Please like and follow us and interact with us on these sites to stay in touch with our firm. We will notify those followers of updates and legal news through these platforms to our new blog page.
The South Buckeye Street entrance.
Additional parking in rear of building.

On August 1st we began practicing in a new location, only the second location since Charlie Kennedy and Frank Cicconetti founded “Kennedy & Cicconetti” in 1986.  We are now located in the heart of historic downtown Wooster, on the corner of Liberty and Buckeye streets in the former Newberry Building.  

Other than our location, it’s business as usual for KCKB Law--helping individuals, families and businesses with their legal needs.  We are looking forward to many more years of providing our clients with the highest quality of legal representation possible. 

Thank you,