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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "drunk driving" (Page 27)

MADD Calls For No Refusal Weekends and Interlock Devices

Kicking off their annual holiday crackdown on drunk driving, local law enforcement and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held an event which was highlighted by MADD's release of its Report to the Nation.  MADD gave Ohio three out of five stars for its efforts in DUI enforcement.  Ohio’s three stars recognized statewide use of sobriety checkpoints, automatic driver’s license revocation, and enhanced penalties for child endangering while driving under the influence.The two measures MADD said Ohio should implement statewide are ignition interlock systems — Breathalyzers that are connected to a vehicle’s ignition — for all first-time offenders and no-refusal checkpoints...

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Intoxilyzer 8000 Under Fire, Shady Business Alleged

Here is a great video from NBC 4 in Columbus.  It talks about how the Intoxilyzer 8000 is a monumental failure.  What's more, the person who forced Ohio to purchase these machines is now working for CMI, the company that manufactures them.  "It is very shady that the individual that masterminded the contract with CMI would be permitted to go work for that company approximately 13 months after he left his employment with Ohio," said Columbs DUI defense attorney Jon Saia. DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia,...

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Arrested for OVI in Lima, Allen County?

If you are arrested for OVI in Lima or anywhere in Allen County, Ohio, your misdemeanor drunk driving case will be heard in the Lima Municipal Court. The Lima Municipal Court is located at 109 N. Union St. in downtown Lima, Ohio and maintains the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday [directions HERE].  The judges who will hear your case are the honorable William G. Lauber or the honorable Richard A. Workman.  To find out information about a specific case before the court you can access public information HERE.  You can reach the court at the...

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Middletown DUI Checkpoint, November 4, 2011

OVI Checkpoint tonight in Middletown [full story]. The Middletown Police Department, in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Butler County DUI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight from 11pm until 3 am along Rt. 4.  The DUI checkpoint will be augmented with saturation patrols in the surrounding areas targeting potentially impaired drivers. If you plan to drink tonight, please drink responsibly and designate a driver. DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Middletown, Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio. ...

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DUI Checkpoints: Are They Justified (Still)?

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Sobriety Checkpoints, Michigan v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990) In 1986, the Michigan State Police Department created a sobriety checkpoint program aimed at reducing drunk driving within the state. The program included guidelines governing the location of roadblocks and the amount of publicity to be given to the operation. Before the first roadblock went into effect, Rick Sitz, a licensed Michigan driver, challenged the checkpoints and sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Sitz was victorious in the Michigan lower courts.  In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court held that the roadblocks did not violate the Fourth Amendment.  Chief Justice William...

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Underage Consumption in Ohio

Underage possession or consumption of beer or intoxicants is a serious crime in Ohio.  The charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine.  Worse yet, a conviction may leave you with a “criminal record” which is much more serious than a fine or costs.  Fear, shame or guilt may compel you to want to plead guilty to put the charge behind you, but that decision may have long-lasting and unintended consequences.If you are under 21 years old, drinking alcohol is illegal in the State of Ohio.  Ohio Revised Code...

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Military DUI: Must I Self-Report? by Richard T. Brown USAF Judge Advocate (ret)

One Strike and You’re OUT. An Update on the Self-Reporting Requirement.  The military has always been the employer of last resort.  When the economy is good the military is hard pressed to meet recruitment.  When the economy is bad the military can and does get very picky.  Today the civilian authorities seem to agree that the best place to cut federal spending is the military.  Force reduction has been policy in the past and will be again in the future.  The self-reporting requirement is a force management tool.For the individual member the best advice is not to self- report.  As a...

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DADSS Will Search You Every Time You Get In Your Car

Within the next few years you may be required to give a breath sample or have your skin scanned in order to operate your car.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing a technology called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).  The $10 million research program is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety.  The development of DADSS has been the main legislative and lobbying effort of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the past few years.  Due to their efforts they have garnered the buy-in of car manufacturers...

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Case Law Update: State v. Kitzler

State v. Kitzler, 2011-Ohio-5444 (3rd District Court of Appeals, Wyandot County). This odd decision involves the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine and a test result which did not satisfy the .020 agreement.FACTS: Defendant was stopped for not dimming his headlights and for marked lane violations.  He was asked to perform the standardized field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested for OVI.  At the police station he provided two breath samples (as is required on the Intoxilyzer 8000) and the machine reported the result as "Invalid."  The tests did not meet the .020 agreement.  Defendant was allowed to use the restroom and...

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