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Arrested for Physical Control?

What is a Physical Control charge? https://youtu.be/JaywvEoqoIMIn this Video Charles Rowland explains what the physical control option is for a DUI in Ohio.Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4511.194 (effective Jan. 1, 2005), it is illegal to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. "Physical Control" is defined as being in the driver's seat of a car and having possession of the vehicle's keys.  Physical Control does not require that the vehicle have ever been driven or even started.  Under the statute, having the keys within reach will satisfy the definition of having “physical control.” This is a growing problem...

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Can I Get Limited Driving Privileges In My OVI Case?

Q. Can I get limited driving privileges during the pendency of my OVI case?A court may grant  privileges to a person who has had their license suspended pursuant to a pending OVI.  The Ohio Revised Code, 4510.021 limits driving to the following purposes: (1) Occupational, educational, vocational, or medical purposes; (2) Taking the driver's or commercial driver's license examination; and (3) Attending court-ordered treatment.  A court is granted broad discretion to impose restrictions so long as the restrictions are reasonable.  While most courts will not impose an ignition interlock devise or restricted "party" plates on a first offense OVI, the statute specifically grants...

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How To Get Your License Back

Often, the most pressing question in a DUI arrest is how to get your license back!If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately.  This pre-conviction suspension is called the ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION. The ALS is a suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not a suspension imposed by the court.  A court may not grant driving...

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Driving Privileges in The Vandalia Municipal Court

How can I obtain ALS driving privileges if my case is in the Vandalia Municipal Court?  If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately.  This pre-conviction suspension is called the ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION. The ALS is a suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not a suspension imposed by the court.  A court may not grant ALS...

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Limited Driving Privileges Under Ohio Revised Code 4510.021

Q. Can I get limited driving privileges during the pendency of my OVI case?A court may grant limited driving privileges to a person who has had their license suspended pursuant to a pending OVI.  The Ohio Revised Code, 4510.021 limits driving to the following purposes: (1) Occupational, educational, vocational, or medical purposes; (2) Taking the driver's or commercial driver's license examination; and (3) Attending court-ordered treatment.  A court is granted broad discretion to impose restrictions so long as the restrictions are reasonable.  While most courts will not impose an ignition interlock devise or restricted "party" plates on a first offense OVI, the statute...

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Petition for ALS Driving Privileges in the Vandalia Municipal Court

Q. How can I obtain ALS driving privileges in the Vandalia Municipal Court?If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately.  This pre-conviction suspension is called the ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION. The ALS is a suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not a suspension imposed by the court.  A court may not grant ALS driving privileges for...

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Driving Privileges: Hard Time

15 days if you took the test, 30 days if you did not (First Offense)If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately.  This pre-conviction suspension is called the ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION. The ALS is a suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not a suspension imposed by the court.  A court may not grant...

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ALS Appeal: Refusal or Obstruction? (by Dayton DUI)

Often, our clients will tell us that they could not produce a sufficient sample for the requested chemical test.  "I kept trying, but I just could not blow long enough to satisfy the officer."  If they hope that this information will prevent the imposition of an Administrative License Suspension, they may be disappointed.  Ohio DUI law sets a high bar for overcoming the presumption that law enforcement was not at fault for your failure.The validity of a refusal based on physical incapacity to submit a sample requires a factual finding by the court in favor of the accused. Wilder v....

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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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Will I Have “Party Plates?” (by DaytonDUI)

If you thought that public shaming was a barbaric practice relegated to the distant past, you have not been driving through Ohio.  Ohio was the first state in the country to adopt a form of public humiliation by adopting special license plates for drunk driving offenders.  Use of the "scarlet letter" plates became mandatory in 2004. O.R.C. 4507.02(F)(2) and 4503.231.  These bright yellow plates with prominent red lettering (often referred to as party plates) are an indelible record of your offense and will not be easily forgotten by friends, family, customers and clients.  At DaytonDUI we are opposed to "branding,"...

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