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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "breath test" (Page 3)

“No Refusal” OVI Checkpoints – What Are They?

What is a "No Refusal" OVI Checkpoint? Watch this video produced by WKEG / WRGT to learn all about it.  Look for an interview of me, Charles Rowland, at 1:18 into the segment."No Refusal" OVI Checkpoints are sobriety checkpoints that stop every single car to make sure that drivers are not impaired.  If you are suspected of driving drunk. you will have to take a breathalizer test or a judge or prosecutor, who are on standby, will issue a warrant for you to take a blood alcohol test.  Get notified before the next OVI checkpoint in Ohio.  ...

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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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Unintended Consequences of an Ohio DUI Charge

A drunk driving charge can affect you in ways that you may not expect. Listed below are some of the more vexing issues associated with an Ohio DUI (OVI) charge.1. Child Custody - If you are involved in a custody dispute, or have a vindictive spouse who would like to start one, a DUI/OVI conviction can be used against you in domestic relations court.  Automatic suspensions may make it difficult to exercise visitation with your children.  You may also find a court who will refuse to let you transport the children due to a DUI/OVI conviction, thereby increasing the cost or...

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Ohio DUI Blood Test: How to Win A Blood Test Case

In order to successfully defend a blood test case, a DUI defense lawyer must be familiar with Ohio’s DUI law (O.R.C. 4511.19) and the Ohio Administrative Code sections which apply to the collection, storing, transporting and testing of the whole blood, blood plasma and/or blood serum specimen.  Amphetamine, cocaine, heroine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine and L.S.D. are specifically mentioned in Ohio’s DUI/OVI statute as illegal controlled substances. The law states how much of each substance must be detected in a chemical test of urine, whole blood, blood plasma, and/or blood serum in order to sustain a charge.  A blood test is seen as...

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Approved Breath Testing Instruments: O.A.C. 3701-53-02

Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-02(A) sets forth the approved instruments for evidential breath testing in Ohio.   It states, (A) The instruments listed in this paragraph are approved as evidential breath testing instruments for use in determining whether a person's breath contains a concentration of alcohol prohibited or defined by sections 4511.19 and/or 1547.11 of the Revised Code, or any other equivalent statute or local ordinance prescribing a defined or prohibited breath-alcohol concentration. The approved evidential breath testing instruments are:BAC DataMaster, BAC DataMaster K, BAC DataMaster cdm; Intoxilyzer model 5000 series 66, 68 and 68 EN; and Intoxilyzer model 8000 (OH-5).O.A.C. 3701-53-02(B) lists the approved...

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Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (An Overview)

To fully comprehend the processes of chemical testing, your DUI attorney should understand gas chromatography - mass spectrometry. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (hereinafter GCMS)  is a method that combines the features of gas-liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample.  GC-MS has been widely heralded as a "gold standard" for forensic substance identification because it is used to perform a specific test.Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-03(A) sets forth the techniques and methods for determining the concentration of alcohol in blood, urine and other bodily substances.  Pursuant to that rule, Ohio allows for testing including gas chromatography and enzyme assays.  The GCMS instrument is...

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Dayton OVI: OVI Breath Test Defenses

This article will highlight OVI breath test defenses available to people in Ohio.  As we have extensively written on the topic of OVI breath test defenses, this article will direct you to some of the most popular past articles.  If you have been charged with a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (DUI, OVI, Drunk Driving) please contact Charles M. Rowland II immediately at (937) 318-1384 or on our after-hours DUI hotline at (937) 776-2671.OVI Breath Tests & Faulty Assumptions: This article relies on information from the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists.  Specifically the Proceedings of the 27th International Meeting held in Perth, Australia on October 19-23,...

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DUI Breath Test Defense: Core Body Temperature as a Defense to a Breath Test

Took the Breath Test and wondering if you still have a case?   The cornerstone of evidential breath testing is the scientific principle called Henry's law, named after pioneering chemist William Henry in 1803.  Henry's Law states, At a constant temperature, the amount of a given gas that dissolves in a given type and volume of liquid is directly proportional to the partial pressure of that gas in equilibrium with that liquid. In evidential breath testing, Henry's Law allows the machine to assume it can measure the alcohol (ethanol)  in your breath as a ratio to the ethanol in your blood.  That is why...

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OVI Breath Test Defenses: Exposure to Toulene

In some instances, defendants have argued that exposure to certain chemicals have caused involuntary intoxication.  Commonly, they will cite to the chemical toulene also known as methylbenzene, phenylmethane, and Toluol.  The chemical is a clear water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, redolent of the sweet smell of the related compound benzene. Toluene is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners, silicone sealants, many chemical reactants, rubber, printing ink, adhesives (glues), lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants. The observed effects after consuming dizziness, euphoria, grandiosity, floating sensation, drowsiness, reduced ability to concentrate, slowed reaction time, distorted perception of time...

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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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