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Appreciable Impairment Offenses – You Look Drunk!

Appreciable Impairment Offenses:  If you refuse to take a chemical test, the State might still be able to prove you guilty of an OVI if they prove (beyond a reasonable doubt) that you  operated a motor vehicle after having consumed some alcohol, drugs of abuse, or a combination of the two and their ability to operate the motor vehicle was appreciably impaired.  How does a jury determine “under the influence?”  The following is an excerpt from the Ohio Jury Instructions regarding appreciable impairment cases: “Under the influence” means that the defendant consumed some (alcohol) (drug of abuse) (combination of alcohol and...

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Arrested for OVI? Should You Blow?

When you are stopped on suspicion of DUI the question becomes - "Should You Blow?" Unfortunately, the answer is "maybe. " The analysis involves a very complicated investigation of the facts of your case and your personal history. You should NEVER refuse the Breathalyzer test without understanding how a refusal would affect YOU. No attorney can know all of the circumstances of your arrest and your personal history. Always ask to speak to an attorney when making this decision. Wondering if you still have a defense if you take the Breathalyzer test? https://youtu.be/74L8uXECD9A Here's the test Can you answer "TRUE" to ALL of the following...

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DWI, DUI, OMVI, OVI, Drunk Driving – Is There Any Difference?

DWI, DUI, OMVI, OVI, Drunk Driving - Is There Any Difference? Spoiler Alert: DWI, DUI, OMVI and OVI all mean the same thing.  Operating a vehicle under the influence alcohol violates Ohio Revised Code 4511.19. Colloquially, the most common way to describe drunk driving is by referring to it as a DUI. In addition, news organizations use the term DWI. DWI (driving while impaired) is also frequently used to describe drunk driving. Here in Ohio we don't use DWI, DUI or OMVI to describe the legal charge.  In 1982, Ohio enacted a law that refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs...

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You Have Rights! Use Them!

You Have Rights! You have rights - use them! A typical DUI/OVI stop starts with a probable cause traffic stop.  Depending on the time of day, the location or the way you are driving, the officer may begin the encounter believing that you are possibly "19" (police shorthand for a possible R.C. 4511.19 (DUI) violation). Probable cause for the stop can be anything from severe weaving or crashing all the way down to something as de minimus as a license plate light out.  The officer's true purpose in pulling you over cannot be questioned if there is even a minor violation...

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Arrested for Physical Control?

What is a Physical Control charge? https://youtu.be/JaywvEoqoIM In 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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Reckless Operation in Ohio: What is the Law? – Video

RECKLESS OPERATION: What is the law? https://youtu.be/R0IvweB5sdY This video explains what reckless operation means for your Ohio drivers license and the difference between a reckless operation and an OVI.  Reckless operation in Ohio can constitute any number of offenses within the Ohio Revised Code dealing with operation of a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard to persons or property.  Commonly, reckless operation is charged under O.R.C. 4511.20 (all codes sections are set forth below).  There is a separate O.R.C. section dealing with reckless operation while off-road (O.R.C. 4511.201) and while on a watercraft (O.R.C. 1547.07).  O.R.C. 4511.202 is Ohio’s Reasonable Control Statute. The Ohio Supreme...

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Military DUI: FAQ’s For Active Duty Soldiers Who Face A DUI Charge

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If you are an active duty soldier and receive a military DUI (drunk driving) charge, you may face civilian DUI penalties or military DUI punishment.  This article will describe what military penalties are available and under what circumstances they are invoked.  https://youtu.be/ekx44mzHy3k Who Will Prosecute My Military DUI? The overwhelming number of DUI cases will be prosecuted in the civilian courts and the military authorities will not seek jurisdiction. Punishment under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (court martial/Article 15s) is not available to the military if the civilian authorities are prosecuting your DUI case.  This is true even if your DUI case gets dismissed or reduced. ...

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Presumption of Innocence? Not For OVI

The History of The Presumption of Innocence The presumption of innocence, Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. It is the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. It dates back to the very foundations of western jurisprudence. The sixth century Digest of Justinian provides, as a general rule of evidence:"Proof lies on him who asserts, not on him who denies." The presumption requires that the prosecution has the obligation to prove each element of the offense. They must prove each beyond a reasonable doub. The accused bears no burden of proof. This is often expressed in the phrase innocent until proven...

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Binge Drinking and College Culture – Dayton DUI

Binge Drinking - What Is The Problem? Some opponents of alcohol consumption target the problem of binge drinking on college campuses. While there is no consensus on what "binge drinking" is, we know that college students do a lot of it. Binge drinking is the current target of temperance proponents. It is blamed for everything from sexual assaults to deaths from consumption. When a person consumes heavily, with the intention of achieving intoxication above .08% BAC, they are "binge drinking" according to critics. 74.4 percent of the time they are doing it with beer. (Nami, et.al. 2004). Wine bingers are rare....

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Alcohol Influence Report – OVI Trial Strategy

The Alcohol Influence Report is a document prepared by the arresting officer noting each and every indicator for alcohol impairment that they took note of in their investigation. Most of the forms require that the officer simply check the predetermined indicator. Not surprisingly, all the officer's observations fall neatly into these predetermined areas. The report is a document of the officers opinions and should not be considered routine ministerial reports of a non-adversarial nature. Clearly, letting the jury have this document as evidence to review in the jury room would be prejudicial to an OVI defense. You need an attorney who...

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