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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Miami Valley" (Page 8)

St. Patrick’s Day DUI Blitz: Two OVI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols

Stay tuned to this site for continuous updates on the St. Patrick's Day DUI Blitz. Receive alerts before the next dui checkpoint in the Miami valley area. There is a major police presence in Dayton's Oregon District as St. Patrick's Day festivities are well underway.  We have previously reported that the Kettering Police Department has begun St. Patrick's Day enforcement which will last until 3 a.m. [story HERE].The Greene County Sheriff has announced that their department will conduct saturation patrols during the holiday.  This usually means higher than usual patrols near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and The Greene.  In addition,...

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Kettering OVI Patrols Stepped Up For St. Patrick’s Day

You can expect increased Kettering OVI patrols over the holiday.  Kettering has announced increased St. Patrick's OVI patrols beginning Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. and running through 3 a.m. Tuesday, March 18.  The funding for these St. Patrick's OVI saturation patrols is provided by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and local court funds. The Kettering Police Department is a participant in the Montgomery County OVI Task Force.  (See full story from ABC22 HERE).You can put DaytonDUI on your Android Smart phone via the DaytonDUI app.  The app helps you know your rights and know yourself by providing a drink...

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St. Patrick’s Day OVI Checkpoint In Springfield

The Clark County OVI Task Force will be operating an OVI checkpoint in Clark County tonight (March 14, 2014).  Learn about the next OVI checkpoint before it happens. The Checkpoint will begin at 8:00 pm and will be located at the 500 block of Upper Valley Pike in Springfield.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting multiple OVI Checkpoints in Stark, Tuscarawas, Lake, Wood, Summit, Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties this weekend and during St. Patrick's Day celebrations on Monday, March 17.If you want to receive updated information on sobriety checkpoints,  enhanced traffic enforcement, saturation patrols and other important developments...

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DUI Case Law – Ohio DUI | OVI Blog (Due Process)

To understand DUI case law, it is important to understand how the United States Supreme Court analyzes due process issues.  "The Supreme Court has identified two distinct categories of fundamental liberties. The first category includes most of the liberties expressly enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Through a process known as "selective incorporation," the Supreme Court has interpreted the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to bar states from denying their residents the most important freedoms guaranteed in the first ten amendments to the federal Constitution. Only the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the Third Amendment right against involuntary quartering of soldiers, and the Fifth...

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Danger on Ohio’s Rural Roads

If you drive on Ohio's rural roads, you may be in greater danger than if you drive in a city.  In this story from WBNS-10 TV in Columbus, we learn that while traffic deaths are down across Ohio, your chance of a fatal accident is greater on Ohio's rural roads. "Numbers from the Ohio Highway Patrol show that on average, more than 500 people have died in rural road fatal crashes since 2010. That's more than double the fatal crashes on urban roads during the same time."  According to the patrol, over the past five years, fatalities on Ohio's rural roads...

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Asserting An Affirmative Defense In An OVI

In an Ohio OVI, a defendant may rely on an affirmative defense.  The Ohio Revised Code 2901.05(C) recognizes an affirmative defense to certain crimes and offenders. If an affirmative defense is asserted, the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove the affirmative defense by a preponderance of the evidence. The following are the affirmative defenses are recognized:Entrapment Insanity Self-Defense Intoxication Duress BlackoutIf you plan to assert an affirmative defense, it will be raised at the trial stage and not in a pre-trial motion.  Often, the biggest hurdle in the assertion of an affirmative defense will be crafting the affirmative defense and having the court...

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Standardized Field Sobriety Tests – An Infographic

This info graphic describes the science behind the standardized field sobriety tests (spoiler alert: There isn't much).  Field Sobriety Tests are commonly known as the roadside activities that police officers ask drivers to perform if the officer suspects that the driver is impaired by alcohol or another impairing substance. We call them “stupid human tricks.”  Contrary to popular understanding and belief, many of these tests have little basis in science, and the ones that do are frequently performed incorrectly.You are also subjected to a great variance in the officer’s understanding of the tests and his or her ability to competently administer...

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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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Possession of a Controlled Substance: Drug Possession Laws

Drug Possession, a.k.a. Possession of a controlled substance is defined in Ohio as knowingly obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance under the Ohio Revised Code § 2925.11.  As applied to marijuana, possession of less than 100 grams (or about 3.5 ounces), giving 20 grams or less of marijuana to another person, or growing less than 100 grams of marijuana are each considered  “minor misdemeanors,” punishable by a maximum fine of $150. A minor misdemeanor is not a “jailable” offense, but a person’s driver’s license can be suspended for a period ranging from six months to five years, and a...

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The Ohio “Clear and Convincing Evidence” Standard

Clear and Convincing Evidence is required for the standardized field sobriety tests to be admitted. Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(D)(4)(b) sets forth the standards for admissibility of the results of field sobriety tests in OVI (drunk driving) prosecutions.  See State v. Bozcar, 113 Ohio St. 3d 148, 2007-Ohio-1251, 863 N.E.2d 115 (2007).  In order for the tests to be admissible, the State must demonstrate:By clear and convincing evidence. The Officer administered the tests in substantial compliance. The testing standards for any reliable, credible, and generally accepted test. Including, but not limited to, the standards set by NHTSA.The only guidance provided for determining the meaning of “substantial compliance” has come from State v....

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