Out-Of-State Visitor Arrests

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Out-Of-State Visitor Arrest In Cincinnati Ohio

In 2020, national tourism was down approximately 15 percent; however, Ohio was not as significantly impacted. TourismOhio reports that Ohio tourism was only down 11 percent, with approximately 201 million individuals visiting the Buckeye State.

As the third-largest city in Ohio, people flock to Cincinnati to go to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Cincinnati Music Festival. In fact, in 2019, it was estimated that approximately 26 million people visit Cincinnati yearly.

When a person who lives in another state or county is arrested in Hamilton County or a surrounding area, the criminal charges cannot be ignored. If you fail to appear in court to answer the charges, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest. Bench warrants are shared by law enforcement agencies all over the county, meaning if you are in Illinois and there is a warrant for your arrest in Ohio, an Illinois officer may arrest you.

Attorneys For Out-Of-State Visitor Arrests In Cincinnati, Ohio

If you were charged with a criminal offense while visiting the Cincinnati area, do not simply think that your arrest will be forgotten. Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm can appear in court on your behalf and possibly eliminate the need for you to make several costly return trips to Ohio.

Cincinnati criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn defends tourists and other visitors who were arrested in Cincinnati and many other locations in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.

You can call (513) 399-6289 today to have our attorney review your case during a completely free initial consultation.

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Overview of Out-Of-State Visitor Arrests In Hamilton County

  1. What Kinds Of Crimes Are Tourists Typically Charged With?
  2. Where Are Some Of The Places That Visitors Frequently Go To In Cincinnati?
  3. Where Can I Find More Information For Cincinnati Visitors?
  4. Find A Lawyer For Out-of-State Visitors Arrests In Cincinnati, Ohio

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What Kinds of Crimes Are Tourists Typically Charged With?

With Paul Brown Stadium downtown Cincinnati being called home to the AFC Champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, downtown Cincinnati is a popular destination for visitors of all ages – and thus, a common place for arrests.

People can be arrested for any state, local, or federal law violation. Some of the most common offenses that tourists and other visitors tend to be charged with include, but are not limited to:

  • Criminal mischief;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Shoplifting; and
  • Possession of a controlled substance.

Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief is defined as damaging another person’s property (like vandalism and graffiti). In Cincinnati, criminal mischief is a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail or a fine of up to $500, or both.

Drunk Driving

Suppose you are arrested for driving while drunk in Cincinnati. You will be charged with operating a vehicle (OVI) while under the influence. First offenders will generally be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor which can result in up to $1,000 in fines and up to 180 days in jail. Repeat offenders will face mandatory jail time of a minimum of 10 days.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the scene of an accident on a public or private road is a first-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail, $1,000 in fines, and a potential driver’s license suspension.


Property stolen in retail theft worth less than $1,000 is considered petty theft, and you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor resulting in up to six months in jail.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

If you are convicted of possession of a controlled substance, your sentence depends on what substance you had possession of. If you are caught with a Schedule I or II drug, such as LSD, Fentanyl, and Cocaine, you will typically be charged with a felony resulting in up to 11 years in prison. If you are caught with a Schedule III, IV, and V, such as Ketamine, Diazepam, and Lorazepam a conviction can result in up to eight years in prison.

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Where Are Some Of The Places That Visitors Frequently Go To In Cincinnati?

Cincinnati is home to four major sports teams – the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer, and a minor league ice hockey team, the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Some of the sites in Cincinnati that are most frequented by visitors include:

  • Cincinnati Arm Museum;
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center;
  • Krohn Conservatory;
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden;
  • Newport Aquarium;
  • Cincinnati Observatory; and
  • Cincinnati Music Hall.

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Where Can I Find More Information For Cincinnati Visitors?

Cincinnati USA Visitor Center – You can learn more about hotels, restaurants, and attractions on this website. The Visitor Center also has a calendar of upcoming events, maps, and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also download a free digital visitors guide.

Cincinnati USA Visitor Center

511 Walnut Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Phone: (513) 621-2142

Discover Ohio – You can learn more about things to do in Ohio on this website. This Ohio Development Services Agency organization provides information on six regions of the Buckeye State: Amish Country, Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. You can also filter attractions by season and categories of interest.

Ohio State Highway Patrol – You can find several answers to frequently asked questions about state law on this website. Information includes such topics as concealed carry, impaired driving, and traffic enforcement. You can also email a specific question to the Highway Patrol if you do not see an answer to your personal question.

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Find A Lawyer For Out-of-State Visitors Arrests In Cincinnati, Ohio

Were you arrested while visiting the Cincinnati area? Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm helps people facing criminal charges in communities in and around Hamilton County.

Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, who is available to review your case as soon as you call (513) 399-6289 or complete an online form to arrange a free, confidential consultation.

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