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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "breath test" (Page 4)

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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MADD’s Historic Push For A .05% Alcohol Limit (by Dayton DUI)

In 1938 the American Medical Association created a "Committee to Study Problems of Motor Vehicle Accidents."  Around that same time the National Safety Council began the "Committee on Tests for Intoxication." Their original research found that a driver with a .15% Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) could be presumed to be "under the influence." Ohio law followed this paradigm making it illegal to drive with a B.A.C. over .15%.  This standard existed for over 20 years.Law and politics changed forever with the founding of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the late 1970's.  MADD changed the world for the better.  No longer...

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Problems with the Intoxilyzer 8000

If you have been charged with OVI (drunk driving) based on a test on the Inoxilyzer 8000, let Charles M. Rowland II defend your case.  He was the first private attorney in Ohio to be certified as an operator of the Intoxilyzer 8000, he is Ohio's only Forensic Sobriety Assessment certified attorney, and  he limits his practice to the defense of the drunk driver.  Given the problems with the implementation of the Intoxilyzer 8000, you need an attorney who is up-to-date and on the cutting edge of DUI/OVI defense. What Are The Problems?The Intoxilyzer 8000, manufactured by CMI (out of Kentucky)...

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Ohio OVI Law: Ignition Interlock Devices FAQ

Q. What is the law?Ohio's Ignition Interlock Device Law is set forth at Ohio Revised Code 4501.45(E), which states: “Ignition interlock device” means a device certified by the director that connects a breath analyzer to a motor vehicle’s ignition system, that is constantly available to monitor the concentration by weight of alcohol in the breath of any person attempting to start the motor vehicle by using its ignition system, and that deters starting the motor vehicle by use of its ignition system unless the person attempting to start the vehicle provides an appropriate breath sample for the device and the...

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Proof Beyond All Reasonable Doubt And Other Closing Arguments (by DaytonDUI)

Imagine that you woke up with a sore throat.  It persists throughout the day and into the next.  As the week drags on you feel worse and worse and your wife demands that you go to the doctor.  You hate doctors, but you feel so lousy that you agree to get your throat checked out.  When you arrive you fill out the requisite forms and wait longer than you feel is necessary.  Just as you are nearing your boiling point a nurse calls your name and leads you into a small room.  You tell her that you've had a sore...

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The 47 Types & 38 Causes of Nystagmus; (It’s Not Just Caused by Alcohol)

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is an eye test approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(hereinafter NHTSA) as a tool to detect clues of impairment in drivers. The HGNtest is one of three psychomotor tests approved as part of the standardized field sobriety testing protocol employed by law enforcement officers throughout the United States and used here in Ohio. The HGN is a test of your eyes wherein the testing officer is looking for abnormal movements call saccades.  These movements make the eye appear to bounce or wobble.  The officer uses this movement to make a correlation to alcohol use.  This would valid only if we are...

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Athens Judge Throws Out Intoxilyzer 8000 Rules

State v. Moore (12 TRC 1842) and State v. Montague (12 TRC 3773) Athens Municipal Court In another in a series of troubles for the implementation of Ohio's newest breath test machine, Judge Grimm in Athens County has halted use of the Intoxilyzer 8000.  Courts throughout Ohio must decide how, given this ruling, they will deal with the implementation of the machine.  The issue before the court involved the rules adopted by the Ohio Department of Health.  Specifically, the court was asked to address whether or not the Ohio Department of Health has authority to issue operator cards for the Intoxilyzer...

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Rowland Speaks to Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association

Charles M. Rowland II (DaytonDUI) was honored to be asked to speak to the Ohio Municipal Attorney Association at their Ohio Municipal Law Institute.  The Ohio Municipal Attorney Association is made up of Law Directors, Village Solicitors, including civil law attorneys and prosecutors make up the individuals working for cities and villages active.  He gave a one hour presentation on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine and the machine's troubled implementation in Ohio.  "What made this speech interesting for me, is that I had to speak to a room full of prosecutors," said Rowland.    "I emphasized the special role...

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DUI Blood Tests: Whole Blood vs. Serum/Plasma

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.  To challenge a blood test, it is important to know if the State has tested the blood as whole blood or as serum/plasma.  Operation with a concentration of alcohol is prohibited if the concentration in whole blood is equal to or exceeds .08%, R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(b).  However, the prohibited concentration for whole blood is a concentration equal to or exceeding .096%, R.C.4511.19(A)(1)(c).  The high...

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