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Trotwood OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II

Trotwood OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II - Ready to help defend you. If you are accused of drunk driving in Trotwood, Ohio, your misdemeanor Trotwood OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) case will be heard in the Montgomery County Municipal Court, Western Division.  The jurisdiction of the Montgomery County Municipal Court, Western Divison covers most of north-west Montgomery County, Ohio . In addition to Trotwood, it includes the cities of, Brookville, Phillipsburg, the Village of New Lebanon and parts of Verona.  While many people refer to this Court as the Trotwood Municipal Court, you can see the jurisdiction of the court is much broader.  Your case will be heard by...

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Are You The Best DUI Attorney? Here Is My CV…

Are You The Best DUI Attorney? Someone called my office the other day and demanded an answer. "I want the best DUI attorney, Is that you?" Believe it or not, I have encountered this question a few times. I always answer by saying, "I have experience, credentials and a great track record, but you should sit down with me and see if I'm right for you."  The truth is that you have to choose an attorney who is qualified.  Once they pass that test, you have to judge them on a more intuitive level. Do you like them? Has their staff...

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Reviewed & Experienced DUI Attorney

Defense of an Ohio DUI or alcohol-related charge can be challenging. The main witnesses against you are the police. There is scientific evidence from the breath test, blood test or urine test that is presented against you.  Ohio has set strict limits on the ways the chemical tests can be attacked.  Your attorney will need to be familiar with the defenses and be skilled enough to present those to a judge or jury.  Often, a video tape of the arrest will be bolstered by the police officer's testimony.  Your performance on the standardized field sobriety tests may be damaging to...

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Ohio Law Offers More Protection Than The 4th Amendment (Sometimes)

Did you know that, in certain circumstances Ohio law affords greater protection to its citizens than the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Here is an example. In State v. Brown, 99 Ohio St.3d 323, 2003-Ohio-3931, 792 N.E.2d 175, officers arrested Dali Jacques Brown, a suspected drug dealer, for jaywalking, a minor misdemeanor, and a search incident to the arrest revealed that Brown had crack cocaine. Id. at ¶ 1-3. The state indicted him for possession of a controlled substance. The trial court, however, suppressed the drug evidence because the officers lacked statutory authority to make an arrest for a...

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Speed Camera Scams Still A Thing In Ohio

If you think that Senate Bill 342 banned all speed cameras, you must not have driven through Newburgh Heights. Tucked over off I-77, Newburgh Heights has continued issuing tickets with hand-held devices that don't require officers to pull anyone over to issue a citation. To supplement their budget, they are churning out tickets at the tune of 300 per week. Plenty of folks aren't happy about it but Newburgh Heights doesn't care.  Another Ohio city, Linndale, has built essentially a house with all the comforts of home — so that it can reap the benefits of traffic cameras while some Linndale...

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How The Constitution Died In America

This article is about the Constitution.  It is a departure from my norm (a rant really!). "The ability to learn from others is central to the evolution and persistence of culture, and it is viewed as part of the reason humans have come to dominate the planet.  Sometimes individuals copy the behaviors of others seemingly at random; other times they appear to decide who to copy based on the level of prestige of the individual" [Source].  An example is a person who learns to affix a sharpened rock to the end of a stick. We do the same so as to...

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This Constitution Day, Let’s Restore Faith In The Criminal Justice System

The criminal law is precariously balanced between protecting our safety and preserving our freedoms. Good lawyers and good police officers work as adversaries, but in concert, to advocate for the system to be the best it can be. The current climate of "us versus them" is too prevalent in the system and has the potential for disastrous societal ramifications. Policy-makers have imposed agenda driven outside influences on the criminal justice system that make balance hard, if not impossible. When this happens we have decade long imbalance that results in citizens distrusting the system. The "War on Drugs" and Prohibition are examples...

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What If The Prosecutor Won’t File Charges? O.R.C. 2935.09

In a story that is breaking today, family members of Tamir Rice are seeking to skirt local prosecutors and ask a judge to issue warrants for murder against the police officers involved in the case.  The lawyers, tired of waiting for prosecutors to take action, are relying on a rarely used Ohio law to expedite their effort to have two officers charged. The cited statute — Ohio Revised Code 2935.09 — allows anyone with information about illegal activity to file an affidavit for an official to review. It was established in 1960 to give private citizens an avenue when they feel police are...

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Ohio OVI Blitz Along Interstate 75 This Weekend

There will be an Ohio OVI blitz along Interstate 75 this weekend. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol. The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the...

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