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DUI Divorce Issues

DUI Divorce Issues DUI divorce issues are common. If you are involved in a custody dispute, or have a vindictive spouse who would like to start one, a DUI conviction can be used against you in domestic relations court.  In addition, automatic license suspensions may make it difficult to exercise visitation with your children.  You may also find a court who will refuse to let you transport the children due to a DUI conviction. This increases the cost or difficulty in seeing your kids.   If you are seeking an adoption, a DUI conviction may be used against you by an investigating...

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It Is Prom OVI Season – Talk To Your Kids!

Prom OVI season is here! That means that Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their partners in law enforcement have begun the annual Prom enforcement blitz.  In addition to tuxedos, ugly wrist corsages and the awkward pictures; make sure you talk to your teen about managing a police encounter.MADD has shifted its focus away from its singular mission of preventing drunk driving, to include an effort to curb underage drinking.  The Prom OVI enforcement is used in conjunction with their efforts at instilling fear amongst parents who may provide alcohol to minors in their home.  This initiative has been aided by a national...

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DUI Law Update: MADD Gets Its Cake And Eats It Too!

This DUI law update sets forth an alternate interpretation of MADDs attempt to pass Annie's Law.  Is it possible that MADD has seen the error of its ways and is seeking to do damage control?  The most common complaint about DUI enforcement in the State of Ohio concerns the ability of a police officer to seize your license and prevent you from driving for 15 or 30 days (first offense) before you are even taken to court.  We often hear a shocked response of, "What about innocent until proven guilty?"  Is this criticism causing MADD to look for a different...

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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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First Time DUI Offenders Required To Install Breathalyzer

The Columbus Dispatch just published an article (see video above) about the first time DUI breathalyzer bill.  If "Annie's Law" is passed by the Ohio legislature, it will require first time offenders to put an in-car breathalyzer in their car before they will be allowed to drive.  People who are not yet convicted and presumably innocent until "proven" guilty will face yet another mandatory penalty.  The law now allows judges to order the ignition interlocks, but the House bill would make their use mandatory.  Under current law, only offenders convicted twice within six years must use the devices.  This is another example...

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Have You Heard Of Powdered Alcohol? Palcohol?

This week the release of powdered alcohol "palcohol" was approved, then rescinded, then changed to delayed.First the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a branch of the Treasury Department issued "label approval" on April 8th.  Apparently this was not the case as many internet sources began reporting that the ATT&T rescinded the approval.  Well now, the news seems to be that there will be a delay as the labeling on the product is changed.  So you will have to wait until the fall for your powdered treats.On its website, Palcohol says it plans to offer six varieties, including vodka,...

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New DUI Punishment Coming To Ohio

The Ohio legislature is considering H.B. 469 (Annie's Law) which would bring a harsh new DUI punishment to the State.Currently, ignition interlock devices are used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, states vary widely in how the ignition interlock devices are used and which drivers are required to install them. In West Virginia, for example, interlock devices are only ordered at a judge’s discretion while Michigan mandates their use for drivers who are found with a BAC more than twice the state’s legal limit.  In Ohio, ignition interlock devices are required for any driver accused of a second...

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Ignition Interlock Devices For Everyone – We Warned You!

H.B. 469 (Annie's Law) presented at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday will require an ignition interlock device  be installed on the vehicle of all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders.  Ohio law currently prescribes "blow to go" devices for repeat drunk driving offenders, but not on a first offense.  We have longed warned (previous story HERE) that this was at the top of MADD's agenda and a continuation of their desire to impose penalties on a driver before they are found guilty of an offense.  Essentially, this law is an attack on a person's presumption of innocence.  State Representatives Terry Johnson...

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Is This The End of Drunk Driving Arrests?

Will there still be drunk driving arrests in the future?  This is the question raised by Money Watch and CBS in the article about autonomous cars, "Will Your Car Be Driving Itself By 2020?"  According to the article,  "[i]t all sounds like science fiction: cars that drive themselves, navigate streets and avoid crashes. But last week Nissan said it would have such "autonomous cars" to sell by 2020. And General Motors chimed in that it may have a similar model by then."  The government is not as convinced. "The car--no matter how automated--is not yet ready to be more than a co-pilot,"...

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MADD’s Agenda For Ohio Is Announced

Over the last decade we have learned MADD's agenda for Ohio via its "Campaign To Eliminate Drunk Driving."  Their legislative and lobbying efforts have focused on three areas.Support for high-visibility law enforcement activities Legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers Development of automotive technologies for passive alcohol detectionMADD's agenda for Ohio includes continuing the ineffective and expensive OVI checkpoint approach that is accompanied by a large budget media campaign.  This year, MADD's agenda for Ohio included a buy-in on their media blitz to announce the new ROBOCOP movie.  As could be expected, they want to expand on this concept.MADD's agenda...

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