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Physical Control & Reckless Operation

Often, a client will be presented with a plea offer involving a reduction to a charge called “physical control.”  Physical control is the crime of being in control of a car while you are impaired.  It is a zero point violation under Ohio law and does not carry a mandatory license suspension.  Physical control is usually contrasted with a Reckless Operation.  To determine which reduction is advantageous, we offer this article.  Please talk to your attorney prior to accepting a “physical control” or a “reckless operation” as both have definite pros and cons. This video explains what physical control could...

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DUI Blood Test and Miranda Rights

Miranda rights are required to be given when an “investigatory stop” turns into a “custodial investigation.” Miranda v. Arizona (1966), 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694.  In other words, only when a traffic stop becomes “custodial” does the officer need to advise the defendant of his or her Miranda rights.  “Under Miranda v. Arizona (1966), 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694, statements stemming from custodial interrogations are admissible only after a showing that the procedural safeguards have been followed. “Custody” is when a defendant is taken into custody “or otherwise deprived of his freedom by...

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DUI Accidents and Ohio Law (Aggravated Vehicular Homicide & Aggravated Vehicular Assault)

If you are involved in an accident while driving under the influence in Ohio you face very harsh penalties. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, O.R.C. 2903.06,  is a crime that results from the death of another caused by the defendant’s operating a vehicle while impaired (a violation of R.C. 4511.19)  or while driving negligently or recklessly.  The statute  encompasses driving an automobile recklessly or negligently (called Vehicular homicide) whether or not alcohol played a part in the death.  Often, defendants are indicted for multiple counts, with additional counts for each victim of the accident.Under the reckless section of the statute you will be...

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Save Your CDL (by DaytonDUI)

I Fight For Commercial DriversOhio Revised Code 4506.16 sets for the ways that you can be disqualified or lose your commercial driver’s license.4506.16(D)(5) If you are convicted of two “serious traffic violations” within a three (3) year period, your commercial driver’s license will be suspended for sixty (60) days. 4506.16(D)(6) If you are convicted of three “serious traffic violations” within a three (3) year period, you commercial driver’s license will be suspended for 120 days.If you receive a conviction of any of the following, your commercial driver’s license will be suspended for one year:4506.15(A)(2) You have a BAC...

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The Problems With Portable Breath Tests (by DaytonDUI)

In possibly the best article you will ever read on portable breath testing, DUI attorneys Justin McShane and Josh Lee describe the portable breath test devises which are used by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a "potentially dangerous, non-specific and non-selective measures at roadside."  You can find the article HERE and in the Voice for the Defense. The Problems of Fuel Cell Devices1.1. Lack of Specificity20 for EthanolAs PBTs are used for purportedly forensic purposes, their specificity for ethanol becomes a critical factor. The electrochemical detector is not specific for ethanol.21 Indeed, there is “much evidence to show” they are actually not...

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Arrested at Wright-Patterson AFB?

  WE CAN HELP IF YOU ARE ARRESTED ON BASE We have a former J.A.G. officer on staff to help with military DUI/OVI cases.  Located conveniently near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Charles M. Rowland II has successfully represented active-duty military, contractors, and civilian employees for over 15 years.  He knows how to deal with issues of deployment, security clearances, loss of rank, loss of on-base driving privileges and issues related to out-of-state licenses.  If you find yourself arrested for OVI in or near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and you will be required to appear in the United State Federal Court or the...

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Service and Personal Jurisdiction in OVI Cases (by DaytonDUI)

In order to have personal service over a defendant in an OVI case, the court must be satisfied that the citation has been properly served pursuant to Ohio Traffic Rule 3(E). Toledo v. Williams, 1991 WL 3811 (Ohio Ct. App. 6th Dist. Lucas County 1991).  Taffic Rule 3(E) requires that the officer who completes the complaint sign the ticket and serve the citation on the defendant. See City of Cleveland v. Trzebuckowski, 2002-Ohio-584 (Ohio Ct. App. 8th Dist. Cuyahoga County 2002), holding that the officer's printing of his name instead of signing in cursive was sufficient to have satisfied the...

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Ohio DUI Blood Testing: Hemolysis

As blood testing becomes a more favored form of evidential testing in Ohio, attorneys must become familiar with flaws in the testing protocol which may create detriments to their clients.  One such area for consideration is the way in which the blood specimen is handled from collection site to the property room to the Court.Most blood specimens are collected in Vacutainer tubes which contain pre-measured amounts of preservatives and anticoagulants.  Mixing the specimen and the contents of the tube must be done in a prescribed manner involving the gentle inversion of the tube eight to ten times.   The blood must...

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Top 10 Rules For Dealing With The Ohio BMV

Protecting Your Ohio Driver’s License After Your OVI Case Dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles after an OVI case can be a nightmare. So, you will want to avoid problems before they rear their ugly heads. Don't worry! You can make this as painless as possible by following these simple rules.  We are here to serve you. Call us at 1-888-ROWLAND or (937)318-1DUI before a minor issues results in major problems. 1. Make sure the Ohio BMV knows how to reach you. The burden is upon you to notify them of any address change. Courts will accept their statement that...

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20 Golden Rules from Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

1. Behave yourself.2. Answer the phone.3. Return your phone calls.4. Pay your bills.5. Keep your hands off your clients’ money.6. Tell the truth.7. Admit ignorance.8. Be honorable.9. Defend the honor of your fellow attorneys.10. Be gracious and thoughtful.11. Value the time of your fellow attorneys.12. Give straight answers.13. Avoid the need to go to court.14. Think first.15. Remember: You are first a professional and then a businessman. If you seek riches, become a businessman and hire an attorney.16. Remember: There is no such thing as billing 3,000 hours a year.17. Tell your clients how to behave. If they can’t they...

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