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Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Unreliable!

Today, in State v. Heather Reid, Case No. TRC 1100716 in the Circleville Municipal Court, Judge Gary Dumm has ruled that "The State of Ohio cannot expect this Court to find the Intoxilyzer 8000 reliable when the State refuses to address known problems and explain why those problems can be ignored."The Court calls for independent laboratory testing to address the issues raised by the adoption of the Intoxilyzer 8000: RFI, sample size of the chamber, volume of the sample tested, possible operator manipulation of the results, possible CMI modifications of the software without the knowledge of ODH and slope detector...

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MADD’s “In-Car Searches Will Be Ready in 8 to 10 Years”

In 2006, MADD, the government, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and members of the automotive industry created a panel to encourage and support the development of new technology that would stop drivers from operating a vehicle if drunk.  The result was DADSS or Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.  DADSS uses tissue spectrometry, a technology that employs an estimation of alcohol in tissue through detection of light absorption and distant spectrometry which uses part of the infrared light spectrum to detect alcohol concentration in the drivers's breath.  In 2008, at MADD’s urging, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety entered into a...

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Big 4th Amendment Win In The United State Supreme Court

Today the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously held that attaching a GPS device to a vehicle and using that GPS device to monitor the movements of the vehicle constitutes a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. Read the decision in United States v. Jones, here.  This decision was one of the most anticipated cases in this Supreme Court term and had many civil liberties proponents holding their breath.  Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said that the government’s installation of a GPS device, and its use to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a search, meaning that a warrant is required. “By...

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Scientific Defenses to an OVI: The GERD Defense

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that acid reflux (called gastroesophageal reflux) and the more serious Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (hereinafter GERD) affect more than 90 million people at least one time per month and about 25 million people experience serious GERD problems daily. "  GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally holds the top of the stomach closed; impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary ("transient"). [cite]Although about 10...

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Consequences of a Fake ID

Fake IDs Have Real ConsequencesIf you are under the age of 21 years of age and you either (a) use someone else's identification to buy alcohol, or (b) alter your identification to purchase alcohol, you will find yourself facing a multiplicity of consequences.  O.R.C. 4510.33 carries a one year license suspension.  You will be required to retake the driver's license examination if the license is altered.  You will also be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  You can file an appeal within 20 days of the mailing of the notice in the municipal or...

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DUI Science and More Faulty Breath Machine Assumptions

Evidential Breath Testing Measures The Amount of Alcohol In Your Breath Not in Your Brain!One of the faulty assumptions underlying evidential breath testing is the assumption that the tests are measuring the ability of alcohol to impair your brain.  They do not.  The breath test does not care how, or even if, the alcohol is impairing your brain only that it is in your breath via your lungs via your blood.  The machines do not test venous blood but arterial blood utilizing the scientific principle of Henry's Law.  As alcohol can be at different rates throughout your body, the machine...

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Ohio DUI Law: State v. Haneberg (HGN While Seated In Patrol Car)

The 9th District Court of Appeals issued a great decision on the issue of substantial compliance.  Specifically, the issue involved giving the HGN test while the Defendant was seated in the car.  The Court found that this was not substantial compliance. (State v. Haneberg 5/29/2007, 2007-Ohio-2561, 9th District Court of Appeals).  If you need a DUI/OVI attorney anywhere in Dayton or the Miami Valley, contact Charles M. Rowland II at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384) or visit www.DaytonDUI.com ....

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Driving Under Suspension: The Warrant Block

Yet another way to earn an Ohio license suspension is to have an outstanding warrant. You can find this suspension at Ohio Revised Code Section 4503.13. What is unique about this suspension is that it is not really a suspension, but a block.  A municipal court can send a report to the Ohio BMV that an arrest warrant has been issued.  Upon the bureau's receipt of this information, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will deny the person named in the arrest warrant the right to apply for a driver license or vehicle registration.  Because of the nature of the warrant...

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Driving Under Suspension: What is a 12-Point Suspension?

12 Point Suspensions Driving under suspension is a serious offense in Ohio. A violation is a first degree misdemeanor and some provisions of the law provide for mandatory jail time.  A twelve point suspension is caused by the accumulation of not less than 12 points on your driving record within a two-year period.  The suspension begins twenty days after Ohio's BMV sends you a letter putting you on notice of the suspension.  It is not usually a valid defense that the Ohio BMV sent the suspension notice to a prior address.  It is your responsibility under Ohio law to maintain a...

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DUI Video Explains Ohio State Highway Patrol Procedures

This video, from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, gives a great basic introduction to matters such as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, OVI Checkpoints and the procedures the Ohio State Highway Patrol uses to investigate drunk driving offenses. DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or...

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