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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "kettering" (Page 16)

DUI Case Law Update: State v. Houck

 State v. Houck, 2011-Ohio-6359, In State v. Houck, the Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld a decision of the lower court on defendant's Motion to Suppress.  The issue involved an arrest for OVI which was made after an officer alleged the defendant was weaving within his lanes and crossing the center line ONCE.  Just one problem.  When the video was viewed at the motion to suppress hearing, no weaving and no crossing of the center line was observed.  "In this case, the video tape introduced at trial affirmatively demonstrates Appellee’s vehicle did not appear to swerve back and forth and does not...

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MADD Fights For DADDS Technology Study In Senate Transportation Bill

In a great article in Politico, Kathryn Wolfe describes the fight brewing between MADD and the opponents of their latest prohibition technology - DADDS.  MADD has been working with major insurance companies and automobile manufacturers to get a passive alcohol system (called DADDS) as mandated equipment in every automobile in the world.  In 2008, at MADD’s urging, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety entered into a $10 million agreement with the federal government to develop such a technology. This system would  search every driver (not just convicted DUI offenders) every single time they started their car.  This year, MADD's power as...

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You Have The Right To Remain Silent

We frequently encounter jurisdictions that conduct "interviews" with a suspect following an arrest.  These interviews are carefully crafted checklists that gather incriminating statements related to the elements of the crime and further attempt to limit mitigating factors which your attorney may later wish to assert.  The questions typically seek to establish that the suspect was "operating" the vehicle.  Officers will also ask what the person had to eat and drink, when, where and how much.  Medical issues, mental issues, eye health, and other questions seek to limit the suspect's ability to later assert a defense to the clues of impairment...

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The Prescription Drug Defense

While many people think of impaired driving as involving alcohol, we are increasingly seeing people accused of being impaired by prescription drugs.  Clients are surprised to learn that the same harsh penalties that apply to alcohol impairment also apply to prescription drug impairment.  You need an attorney who knows how to fight a drugged driving case.Drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs present a problem for law enforcement as indicators of prescription drug use are less apparent.  The standardized field sobriety tests are crude tools for detecting alcohol and may be useless in determining prescription drug impairment.  Challenging the officer's observations...

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Ohio DUI Law: Your Right To A Speedy Trial

Your right to a speedy and public trial is enshrined in the Bill of Rights.  The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of...

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Ohio Has Declared War on Drunk Drivers

In 1982, Ohio declared “WAR” on drunk driving.  Since that time Ohio has devised one of the toughest DUI systems in the nation.  By creating a civil penalty called an automatic license suspension, even a first time DUI results in an immediate loss of your “right” to drive.  A conviction can result in a jail sentence ranging from the mandatory minimum three days to a maximum of six months and a minimum fine of $375.00 up to $1,075.  Conviction of a first time DUI will result in a license suspension lasting from six months to three years.  If a driver...

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DUI Law and the Fourth Amendment: Is Your Home Your Castle?

The doctrine that “a man’s home is his castle” is enshrined in the Bill of Rights.  The Fourth Amendment to the United State Constitution embodies the principle and states that a home should be free from search without a warrant.  The Fourth Amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause * * *.” Furthermore, in United States v. United States Dist. Court for the E. Dist. of Michigan (1972) 407 U.S. 297, 313,...

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty; Does it apply in Ohio DUI Prosecutions?

Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat In America you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  "Presumption of innocence" serves to emphasize that the prosecution has the obligation to prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt and that the accused bears no burden of proof.  This presumption is ancient, dating back to the Old Testament.  In Genesis 18:23-32, it states, "Abraham drew near, and said, "Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty...

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Beer Festivals in Ohio

Rick Armon at the Beer Blog has compiled a list of Ohio's beer festivals.  Some such as the International Beer Fest in Cleveland and the Cincy Winter Beerfest in Cincinnati will draw thousands. Others such as the Frozen Falls Beer Festival in Garrettsville and the Celebration of the Hop in North Olmsted will attract hundreds.  You can find a continuously updated version of this list at the Beer Blog.  Have fun and enjoy a beer festival near you. • Saturday: The Columbus Winter Beerfest at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event will feature more than 50 breweries and 250 beers.• Jan. 28: The Montessori School of...

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