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DaytonDUI Court Finder: Where Is Your DUI Case?

DUI Court Finder You have found the DaytonDUI Court Finder.  Below are links to almost every municipal court in the Miami Valley.  Most of these sites allow you to look up case information and provide valuable information about interfacing with the court regarding your case.  If you hire DaytonDUI, you can follow you case on-line at these sites as well.  If you have any questions about your case or how a particular court handles DUI issues like: arraignment, driving privileges, pre-trial conferences, probation or motions to suppress, call us at (937) 318-1384 [318-1DUI]Montgomery County Municipal CourtsMontgomery County Municipal Court (Eastern Division) Montgomery...

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The Importance of the Burden of Proof

We want our judges to stand up for the highest tenets of justice and apply the burden of proof in a fair and impartial way - especially when the pressure is on.  Here is a very pertinent quote from the Charlotte Observer. The law presumes every citizen innocent, even when charged with DWI. A judge violates the judicial oath when he or she presumes that a citizen charged with DWI is guilty, gives greater weight to the state's evidence, is predisposed to find for the state, or looks for ways to assist the state in the prosecution of a case. Judges...

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Alcohol And Your Body: A Primer

About 20% of the alcohol (actually the impairing substance is ethanol) in your beverage is absorbed in the stomach and the remaining 80% is absorbed in the small intestine.  How fast it is absorbed is dependent on various factors.The higher the percentage in the beverage, the faster the absorption; Are you mixing? Carbonated beverages tend to speed up absorption; Hungry? Food in your stomach slows down the absorption;When it is absorbed it looks for the water in your blood and body.  Fat does not matter as ethanol does not dissolve in fat. The inebriating effects are present when the concentration in the blood...

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OVI Trial Practice: Admission of the Alcohol Influence Report

The Alcohol Influence Report is a document prepared by the arresting officer noting each and every indicator for alcohol impairment that they took note of in their investigation.  Most of the forms require that the officer simply check the predetermined indicator.  Not surprisingly, all the officer's observations fall neatly into these predetermined areas. The report is a document of the officers opinions and should not be considered routine ministerial reports of a non-adversarial nature.   Clearly, letting the jury have this document as evidence to review in the jury room would be prejudicial to an OVI defense.Evidence Rule 803(8) excludes...

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Driving Is A Right Not A Privilege

Driving Is A Right!Have you ever been told that "driving is a privilege?" Bah! This author argues that the DUI case law needs to be expanded to include “driving” as a fundamental right under the First Amendment’s Freedom of Assembly. Thus, the analysis should be under the substantive due process analysis not simply under the procedural due process analysis. Because the human rights of freedom of movement, right to earn a living and the right to peaceably assemble are only capable of being maintained with a valid driver’s license, the Court should require a more rigorous standard before depriving someone...

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Kettering OVI Checkpoint Tonight! (Aug. 29, 2014)

Kettering OVI checkpoint tonight! The Kettering Police Department will conduct an OVI sobriety checkpoint Friday night from 11:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. at the 1000 block of East Dorothy Lane.  The OVI checkpoint will be accompanied by aggressive saturation patrols.  This checkpoint is paid for by federal grant funds and is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.If you want to receive updated information on Springfield OVI checkpoint locations, enhanced traffic enforcement, saturation patrols and other important developments that affect you, sign up for text alerts on the main page of this blog. OVI checkpoint alerts will be...

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DUI Law: What Did SCOTUS Say In Missouri v. McNeely

If you have been following developments in DUI law, you have no doubt heard about the United States Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely, 133 S.Ct. 1552 (2013).  The case deals with when, and under what circumstances the government is required to seek a warrant prior to drawing blood from a suspected DUI offender. Below is a quote from the case which provides a reasonable (and short) analysis of the case.  If you want to read the full opinion please click on the case name above. In Schmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757, 86 S.Ct. 1826, 16 L.Ed.2d 908 (1966), this Court upheld...

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Ohio DUI Law R.C 4511.19(A)(2) “a codified dilema”

Ohio DUI law R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) enhances the penalty for a motorist who, having been convicted once in the last six (6) years, after having been arrested, refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test.  In State v. Hoover,173 Ohio App.3d 487, 2007-Ohio-5773, the issue of whether or not a person can have a DUI sentence enhanced pursuant to R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) for refusing to take a chemical test was before the Ohio Supreme Court.  The government sought to have the sentence of Corey Hoover enhanced from the ten (10) day mandatory penalty for a second time DUI offender in Ohio to...

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Determining Probable Cause For An OVI Offense

A warrantless arrest must be supported by probable cause in order to be constitutionally valid. State v. Timson, 38 Ohio St.2d 122, 67 Ohio Op.2d 140, 311 N.E.2d 16 (1974).  In order to make a finding that probable (more likely than not) cause existed the court must look at the totality of the circumstances surrounding the arrest. State v. Miller,  117 Ohio App.3d 750, 691 N.E.2d 703 (11th Dist. Court of Appeals 1997), State v. Brandenburg, 41 Ohio App.3d 109, 534 N.E.2d 906 (2nd Dist. Court of Appeals, Montgomery County 1987). "[B]ecause of the mosaic which is analyzed for a...

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Rolling Springfield OVI Checkpoints Tonight (Aug. 22, 2014)

Rolling Springfield OVI checkpoints tonight in Springfield and Enon.  The Clark County OVI Task Force will be operating a rolling OVI checkpoint in Clark County tonight Friday August 22 starting at 7:00 pm. Locations will be held at Main St. in Enon and 40/68 in Springfield. A rolling checkpoint means that multiple locations will be set up in Clark County in one evening.   This is part of the Drive Sober Get Pulled Over national campaign.  The campaign began August 15th and will conclude September 1st.If you want to receive updated information on Springfield OVI checkpoint locations, enhanced traffic enforcement, saturation...

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