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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "DUI/OVI attorney" (Page 7)

Is It A Crime To Refuse To Take A Breath Test?

Is it a crime to refuse to take a breath test? Ohio has adopted O.R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) which makes it a crime to refuse to take an evidentiary chemical test if you have a prior OVI (drunk driving)  or OVUAC (juvenile/underage drunk driving) conviction any time within the last twenty (20) years.  If you refuse and you have a prior within twenty (20) years then the penalties for your OVI offense will be double the mandatory minimum. (See generally the "Penalties" section of the DaytonDUI blog).Professional drivers who refuse to take a breath test face a separate crime if they do not...

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Rowland To Train As Drug Recognition Expert

Later this month, Charles M. Rowland II will receive certification in the latest techniques of the Drug Recognition Expert protocol now being used across the nation.  Rowland will be among the first attorneys in Ohio to receive this certification which will make him uniquely suited to defend drives accused of driving while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs."More and more, we are seeing an increase in drug trafficking cases. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has become much more aggressive in using a traffic stop as a pretense to do an extensive search for illegal drugs," Rowland said.  These stops frequently...

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DUI Case Law Update: State v. Ilg

DUI case law update: State v. Ilg, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4258For most of my career I have had to deal with a tremendous disadvantage in DUI cases.  In 1984, the Ohio Supreme Court decided State v. Vega, 12 Ohio St. 3d 185, 465 N.E.2d 1303 (1984) which was interpreted to prevent an attack on the breath test machine if it attacked the "general reliability" of a breath alcohol test if it was "conducted in accordance with methods approved by the director of the Ohio Department of Health." Id.  In practical purposes, courts used VEGA to preclude almost all attacks on a...

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Burden Shifting At A Motion To Suppress Hearing

A motion to suppress is often the most critical phase of the OVI trial process.  Procedurally, the defense attorney files a motion challenging all of the government's evidence.  Once this motion is filed the government has the burden of demonstrating the propriety of the arrest and that law enforcement substantially complied with the rules.When a defendant challenges the admission of a breath-alcohol test, courts apply a burden shifting analysis. The state must show substantial compliance with ODH regulations, and if the state meets that burden, a rebuttable presumption arises that the test results are admissible. Burnside at ¶ 24; State...

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Ohio OVI and Marijuana Blitz Along I-75

If you are driving along Interstate 75 this weekend, be aware of an Ohio OVI and marijuana enforcement blitz that may cause you to get stopped.OVI: The Ohio State Highway Patrol will team up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for the third I-75 Challenge. The initiative begins Friday, September 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be focusing on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement during the initiative.Marijuana: The Ohio State...

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The Ohio Investigative Unit Conducts “Trace Back Investigations”

The Ohio Investigative Unit (formerly Liquor Control) has taken on a new task in Ohio - "trace back" investigations.  When a fatal crash occurs and alcohol or drugs are suspected, the OIU will step in to see where the alcohol came from and whether or not the person providing the alcohol or drugs can be held responsible.Through an integrated re-structuring within the Ohio Department of Public Safety that will reduce facility costs, streamline administrative functions and lead to better collaboration through improved information sharing and oversight, Ohio troopers will continue to focus on the suspected impaired driver, but Ohio Investigative...

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Urine Testing: No Privacy For You!

The rules for urine testing in Ohio are set forth at Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-05 & 3701-53-06.  At O.A.C. 3701-53-05, it is clearly stated that a urine test must be witnessed.  It states at subsection (D), (D) The collection of a urine specimen must be witnessed to assure that the sample can be authenticated. Urine shall be deposited into a clean glass or plastic screw top container which shall be capped, or collected according to the laboratory protocol as written in the laboratory procedure manual. In urine testing cases, the state has the burden to prove substantial compliance with the regulations upon...

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When Stopped On Suspicion of DUI – Should I Blow?

When you are stopped on suspicion of DUI the question becomes - "Should I Blow?"  Unfortunately, the answer is "maybe" and involves a very complicated investigation of the facts of your case and your personal history.  You should NEVER refuse the 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.Learn how the Breathalyzer test affects your DUI defense in this video. Can you answer "TRUE" to ALL of the following questions? If so, you can politely DECLINE any police...

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The Importance of the Burden of Proof

We want our judges to stand up for the highest tenets of justice and apply the burden of proof in a fair and impartial way - especially when the pressure is on.  Here is a very pertinent quote from the Charlotte Observer. The law presumes every citizen innocent, even when charged with DWI. A judge violates the judicial oath when he or she presumes that a citizen charged with DWI is guilty, gives greater weight to the state's evidence, is predisposed to find for the state, or looks for ways to assist the state in the prosecution of a case. Judges...

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Alcohol And Your Body: A Primer

About 20% of the alcohol (actually the impairing substance is ethanol) in your beverage is absorbed in the stomach and the remaining 80% is absorbed in the small intestine.  How fast it is absorbed is dependent on various factors.The higher the percentage in the beverage, the faster the absorption; Are you mixing? Carbonated beverages tend to speed up absorption; Hungry? Food in your stomach slows down the absorption;When it is absorbed it looks for the water in your blood and body.  Fat does not matter as ethanol does not dissolve in fat. The inebriating effects are present when the concentration in the blood...

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