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72 Hour Programs In The Miami County Municipal Court

According to its website, the Miami County Municipal Court has approved the following 72 hour OVI residential programs:Addiction Resource Center (ARC) - 937-767-0178Drivers Intervention Program (DIP) - 937-492-8080Weekend Intervention Program (WIP) - 937-775-3050Buckeye Driver Intervention Program: Vandalia and Piqua - 937-415-0701The 72 hour residential program is usually a requirement following an OVI arrest in the Miami County Municipal Court. The judges trust the programs to assess the drug and alcohol patterns of an individual before them on an alcohol related offense.  If the counselors at the 72 hour program determine that additional treatment is necessary, they will relay their conclusions to...

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Will An Ohio DUI Prevent Me From Getting An STNA?

A recent client asked, "Will an Ohio DUI charge prevent me from getting my STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) license?Short Answer: No!Candidates are trained and tested and their credentials are maintained by Ohio Department of Health's Nurse Aide Registry. You will be required to submit to a background check as part of the application process and a renewal of your credentials every twenty-four months. Convictions for DUI are not an automatic bar, but it is within the nursing board's discretion to deny a license to anyone they feel is not of good moral character.  If an STNA applicant has multiple...

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Dayton Red Light and Speed Cameras Still Bad News

Dayton red light cameras are still on! Dayton has 30 speed and red light cameras in use throughout the city. Despite a law passed by the Ohio legislature, the cameras remain running due to a decision by Judge Barbara Gorman in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Court.  Due to the Dayton ruling, and similar rulings in Toldeo and Akron, the cameras are running until the matters are fully litigated in the courts.  For opponents of the cameras the outlook is bleak if the courts have the final say. In 2008 and again in December of 2014, the Ohio Supreme...

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What Is The Rule of Law?

We often hear how, in order for society to function, we must uphold the "Rule of Law." But what does this mean? In one of its most simple constructions, it means that we are to be ruled by laws, not the whims of humans.  Traditionally, the rule of law has the following precepts:The government, its agents and private entities such as banking institutions and corporations are accountable to legal authority. The laws of the land are accessible, reasonably understood, stable and just; they are applied evenly so as to protect the safety of the citizens and allow for the freedom to...

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Do I Need To Appear In The Miamisburg Municipal Court?

For anyone facing a DUI charge in the Miamisburg Municipal Court your first appearance in court will be a mandatory appearance unless you hire an attorney prior to the date.  The first appearance (called an arraignment) on a DUI charge requires an appearance. Traffic offenses which are NOT waiverable and therefore DO require a court appearance are as follows:Any felony/ indictable offenseOperating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuseLeaving the scene/ personal injury or death resultingAllowing a minor to drive (no O.L)Driving while under suspension or revocationAll school zone/ bus violations A third or more moving violations...

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Defending A DUI: The Exit Sequence

The only way an officer will care about how you exit the vehicle is if he has already determined you may be impaired by alcohol or a drug of abuse. NHTSA IV-6. Therefore, to avoid the appearance that you are impaired, exit the car in an orderly fashion as instructed by the officer. From that point you can decide if it is in your interests to participate in the standardized field sobriety tests. Why would you?...

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How To Properly Evaluate A Plea Offer

We have all seen this scenario: An attorney triumphantly bounds out of a prosecutor's office and announced that he or she just got the best plea offer ever!  But is it?When evaluating a plea offer keep in mind the "Cleanest Pig In The Pen Fallacy."   As attorneys, often justify our actions, our plea deals and our advice based on what we have seen other attorneys do and experience. Often, this knowledge is invaluable and can save clients from making horrible misjudgments of their situation.  We base our decisions on the context, providing our clients with a risk assessment based...

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Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Honored

Congratulation to Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root on her selection to the Fairborn City Schools Hall of Honor.  The Hall of Honor program recognizes the outstanding achievements of Fairborn graduates, former Fairborn faculty members and those community members who have provided exemplary service to the school district.Judge Root, a 1985 FHS Valedictorian will be honored in a ceremony on April 24th at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.Like Judge Root, we try to honor our home city of Fairborn by upholding the highest standards of the legal community. We hope that you consider us your Fairborn hometown attorneys. Call Charlie...

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The Vandalia Municipal Court License Intervention Program

As a Vandalia OVI attorney, we are often confronted with the reality that current law makes managing your Ohio operator's license a mess.  We spend a great deal of time and effort fixing any issues that you may have had in the past and get you driving privileges.Luckily, the Vandalia Municipal Court offers a License Intervention Program that is accessible to all.  The License Intervention Program (LIP) is managed through the Probation Department.  This program assists individuals in obtaining a valid Ohio operator's license or driving privileges.  The individual must meet the criteria as set by the Court.You can reach...

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Mandatory Appearances In The Kettering Municipal Court

Some people who are charged with an OVI in the Kettering Municipal Court think that they can skip their first appearance. This is not the case.  Many traffic and some criminal citations are payable in the Clerk’s Office and do not require a court appearance in front of the judge. These are called “waiverable” citations. You can choose to appear before the judge on your court date for these citations. Or, you can choose to waive your right to a hearing in court, plead guilty and pay your costs and fines for these citations in the Clerk’s Office. Waiverable citations...

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