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Ohio to Purchase Intoxilyzer 8000

COLUMBUS -- State officials on Monday agreed to spend $6.4 million on a controversial brand of portable breathalyzer machines that have resulted in hundreds of drunken driving cases across the country being dropped.In fact, the president of the company that makes the Intoxilyzer 8000, faces a contempt hearing next week in Arizona for not complying with a judges order to reveal the machines software to prove whether it produces reliable blood-alcohol readings.The company, CMI Inc. of Owensboro, Ky., has racked up more than $2 million in fines -- and counting -- in Florida...

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Ohio Cop Reprimanded for Making More Arrests than Tickets

Madison Township, Ohio officer tied for the most criminal arrests is reprimanded for not writing enough speeding tickets. A Madison Township, Ohio police officer whose record of busting real criminals is unbeaten found himself reprimanded for failing to focus on writing traffic tickets. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Officer Ken Braden only wrote 85 tickets last year when his most prolific fellow officer wrote 388 while arresting fewer criminals. For that, Police Chief Greg Ryan punished Braden. "He gets paid as much as the other officers," Ryan told the Dispatch. "He should do as much work as the other officers."Ryan boasts that...

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DUI License Plates

By Lucas Sullivan Staff Writer Wednesday, October 01, 2008DAYTON — Ohio's DUI plates — special yellow plates with red lettering — were designed to curb drunken driving through, to put it simply, public humiliation.State law has required judges to issue the plates since 2004 to convicted drunken drivers who registered higher than 0.17 on a breath-alcohol test or have multiple DUI convictions and still need a car."It is meant to be one of the tools in the toolbox like (DUI) checkpoints," said Lindsay Komlanc, spokeswoman for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Judges have had the discretion to issue...

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Dayton Issues DUI “Party Plates”

By Lucas Sullivan Staff Writer Wednesday, October 01, 2008Since 2004, Ohio law has required that judges assign special license plates to drivers with multiple drunken-driving convictions who still need a car.But only 8,500 vehicles bore these "DUI plates" through the end of last year even though 33,000 Ohio drivers have five or more drunken driving convictions, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.The reluctance by Municipal Court judges to issue these plates is evident in Montgomery County, which ranks last among Ohio counties with at least 500,000 residents, in the...

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Forced Blood Draws in Ohio DUI Cases

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Forced Blood Draws"][/caption]A law that will go into effect Tuesday, Sept. 30, states drivers with prior DUI offenses who are suspected of driving while drunk must take a breath-alcohol test.  If drivers refuse, authorities can take them to get a mandatory blood or urine test.  The law intends to help prosecutors in cases of repeat offenders and deter drunken driving. Repeat offenders used to be able to refuse a breath-alcohol test.  www.DaytonDailyNews.com If you find yourself facing a DUI/OVI charge in the Miami Valley, contact Charles M. Rowland II at 937-318-1DUI or 1-888-ROWLAND. ...

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Urinalysis Does Not Comply With Ohio Administrative Code

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Urine molecule"][/caption]January 2, 2007 -- 5th District Reverses Ohio DUI (urinalysis) Conviction - Failure to Refrigerate Sample - The defendant's urine sample was not refrigerated for 17 hours (time of collection to time of mailing).  The Court of Appeals cited State v. Mayl and concluded that a 17 hour deviation from ODH regulations is not substantial compliance. ...

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Breathalyzers Discriminate Against Women

Cases Give New Life to Defense that DUI Test Unfair to Women by Sylvia Hsieh, Lawyers Weekly, page 3, April 28, 2003: "A little-used defense argument in DUI cases could be revived in light of two recent verdicts from Georgia acquitting female drivers.The defense lawyers in both cases argued that a common breath-analysis machine used to measure the driver's blood-alcohol level, the Intox 5000, discriminates against women. Billy Spruell, the defense attorney in one of the cases, told Lawyers Weekly USA that the argument is "not unique" to Georgia. "Different versions of...

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Forensic Science and Fingerprints

Image via CrunchBaseWith a new analytical technique, a fingerprint can now reveal much more than the identity of a person. It can now also identify what the person has been touching drugs, explosives or poisons, for example.Writing in Friday’s issue of the journal Science, R. Graham Cooks, a professor of chemistry at PurdueUniversity, and his colleagues describe how a laboratory technique known as mass spectrometry could find a wider application in crime investigations.The equipment to perform such tests is already commercially available, although expensive. Smaller, cheaper, portable versions are probably only a couple...

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How Does a Drunk Driving Conviction Affect Your Insurance?

Image by Toban Black via FlickrIf you are convicted of drunk driving, in most states your automobile insurance rates are likely going to go up for at least three years and you will probably be learning at lot about something called SR-22.Whether your state calls it driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, if you are convicted of any of those offenses, chances are your insurance rates will increase before you are allowed to drive again.Laws Vary by StateThe penalties regarding drunk driving vary from state...

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DUI Forced Blood Draws to Become Law

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]Governor Ted Strickland is expected to sign legislation that will give police greater powers to force a blood or urine sample from certain motorists. The bill would allow police to demand samples from drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence in Ohio two or more times.Under current Ohio DUI laws a warrant must be obtained from a judge if the motorist declines to submit a blood sample. The new bill would make the blood draw a requirement even without a warrant. Opponents of the...

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