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(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) hereof, sections of this General Offenses Code defining offenses or penalties shall be strictly construed against the Municipality and liberally construed in favor of the accused.
(b) Rules of criminal procedure and sections of the Ohio Revised Code providing for criminal procedure shall be construed so as to effect the fair, impartial, speedy and sure administration of justice.
(c) Any provision of a section of this General Offenses Code that refers to a previous conviction of or plea of guilty to a violation of a section of the Ohio Revised Code or of a division of a section of the Ohio Revised Code, or a section or subsection of this General Offenses Code, shall be construed to also refer to a previous conviction of or plea of guilty to a substantially equivalent offense under an existing or former law of this State, another state or the United States, or under an existing or former municipal ordinance. (ORC 2901.04)