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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Ohio DUI Defense" (Page 10)

Stop & Sniff Case Law Update (by DaytonDUI)

In Kirtland Hills v. Medancic, 2012-Ohio-4333, a recent case out of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals, the Court reaffirmed the principle that just because a police officer smells alcohol on a driver does not mean that the police officer has reasonable and articulable suspicion to continue the detention of the driver and/or remove that driver to administer standardized field sobriety tests.  One of the major decision points in the OVI arrest process is the officer’s decision to remove a suspect from his or her car and conductstandardized field sobriety testing. The officer is trained to arrive at this “decision point” by conducting an interview and...

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Probation (by DaytonDUI)

Most OVI (drunk driving) cases in Ohio are misdemeanor offenses which are litigated in a Municipal Court.  Given the multiplicity of Municipal Courts in the state, your probation experience may differ, but this article will address the generalities of probation (now called 'community control').  As always, please consult your OVI attorney about the court your case will be heard.  You attorney will give you information specific to your case.  This is an example of where your attorney's experience with the court is important.What is probation?The Municipal Court's Probation Department oversees all persons placed on probation as the result of a...

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Ohio DUI Lawyer Charles Rowland

If you are in need of an Ohio DUI lawyer, consider Charles M. Rowland II.  Charles served as the Xenia City Prosecutor.  In that capacity he has prosecuted DUI offenses.  This experience gives him unique insight into how prosecutors will approach your case.  Ohio DUI lawyer Charles Rowland has served as a “Special Prosecutor” on high-profile felony cases.  Charles is a proud member of the National College for DUI defense and in 2006 attended the intensive seminar on DUI law at Harvard University.  National Patent Analytical Systems has certified Charles Rowland in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC DataMaster...

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Lawyer Up! Invoke Your Right To Remain Silent (by DaytonDUI)

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.  At trial, the prosecution can neither call the defendant as a witness, nor comment on the defendant's failure to testify.  Whether to testify or not is exclusively the privilege of the defendant. Harris v. N.Y., 401 U.S. 222,225 (1971).  Outside the context of detention or arrest, a person has no duty to answer any questions of police at all; and if judicial compulsion is sought by the State, the person still can invoke his Fifth Amendment...

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Fight Your Marked Lanes Violations, O.R.C. 4511.33 (by Dayton DUI)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a guide for detecting drunk drivers.  In that guide, NHTSA identifies 24 "clues" that potentially impaired drivers exhibit.  Many of those "clues" relate to the driver's ability to maintain proper lane position.  Your attorney should aggressively defend your driving and point out to a judge or jury other possible causes of weaving such as: texting, eating, telephone calls, conversations with other passengers, changing the radio station, stretching, or fatigue may account for the driving.Your DUI defense lawyer should also be prepared to argue that your weaving may not violate Ohio law. ...

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Ohio Revised Code 4511.194, Physical Control

Ohio Revised Code section 4511.194 defines the crime of “Physical Control.” The crime of "Physical Control" involves being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse.  This definition means that you do not have to be driving or operating the car.  If a person is in the driver’s position of the front seat of a vehicle, or in the driver’s position of a streetcar, or trackless trolley and having possession of the vehicle’s, streetcar’s or trackless trolley’s key, or other ignition device that person is in “physical control” of the vehicle.  See...

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Low BAC And Fatal Crashes (by DaytonDUI)

According to research complied by David J. Hanson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology of the State University of New York at Potsdam, most drivers who have had something to drink have low blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) and few are involved in fatal crashes. On the other hand, while only a few drivers have BACs higher than .15, a much higher proportion of those drivers have fatal crashes.The average BAC among fatally injured drinking drivers is .16 1 The relative risk of death for drivers in single-vehicle crashes with a high BAC is 385 times that of a zero-BAC driver and for...

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Are the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Fair to Fatter People?

Being overweight can impact your performance on the standardized field sobriety tests.  The government agency tasked with verifying the validity of the standardized field sobriety tests is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (hereinafter NHTSA).  NHTSA concedes that being fifty or more pounds overweight affects performance on the one-leg stand test; a test requiring the suspect to raise a foot off the ground and stand on one foot for 30 seconds. See NHTSA, DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Participant's Manual (2006), re: WAT at VIII-11, re: OLS at VIII-13. Id. re: 50 lbs at VIII-13.  In older versions...

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DUI In Xenia, Beavercreek or Fairborn? An Overview of Greene County Courts

If you are arrested for DUI/OVI in Greene County, Ohio you will appear in one of the following courts.Greene County Court of Common Pleas: The Greene County Court of Common Pleas is located at 45 N. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio 45385 in the historic Greene County Courthouse.  The Court is responsible for felony level offenses (including felony level OVI offenses, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Aggravated Vehicular Assault cases) arising in Greene County, Ohio.  The Greene County Court of Common Pleas is presided over by the Honorable Stephen A. Wolaver (937) 562-5218, and the Honorable Michael A. Buckwalter (937) 562-5217. For information...

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Vehicle Immobilizations (by DaytonDUI)

An arrest for drunk driving has many harsh and unintended consequences.  One of the most vexing is immobilization. When a person is arrested for DUI the arresting officer has discretion as to whether or not the suspect's car will be towed.  Sometimes safety concerns, agency policy or other  concerns will cause the officer to call for a tow truck to impound your car.  I have also had cases where an officer goes to great lengths to secure a suspect's car so that they will not incur the inconvenience of an impoundment.  As with other aspects of Ohio DUI law, having...

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