A Physical Control Conviction Is Not A Prior Offense
A physical control conviction does not count as a “prior offense” for purposes of enhancement. This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute. R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions. It does not list a violation of physical control (R.C. 4511.194) as a predicate offense. It does not matter if the prior conviction was charged under R.C. 4511.194 or as a violation of a municipal ordinance. This is set forth at R.C. 4511.182(A) and in State v. Schultz, 2008-Ohio-4325 (Ohio Ct. App. 8th Dist. Cuyahoga County 2008).
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