Legal-Ease column: “Double jeopardy and the Fourth Amendment in NW Ohio”

Northwest and West Central Ohio has dealt with an incredibly unfortunate situation that may also significantly impact the rest of the United States.

My summary of the facts is brief and simplified. A man named Travis Soto was involved in the 2006 death of his son.  Mr. Soto told authorities that his son died from injuries sustained from an ATV accident.

Mr. Soto was charged with murder and child endangerment.  The prosecutor agreed to a plea deal by which Mr. Soto plead guilty to child endangerment in exchange for the murder charge being dismissed.  Mr. Soto was sentenced to five years in prison, which Mr. Soto served.

In 2016, Mr. Soto admitted that Mr. Soto had beaten his child to death and that there was no ATV accident.

After Mr. Soto’s admission, the prosecutor charged…

Read more about this in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: “Legal-Ease column: “Double jeopardy and the Fourth Amendment in NW Ohio”,”

Source:, “Legal-Ease column: “Double jeopardy and the Fourth Amendment in NW Ohio”,” by Lee R. Schroeder, January 11, 2020.

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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