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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "ohio dui law"

Arrested for OVI? Should You Blow?

When you are stopped on suspicion of DUI the question becomes - "Should You Blow?" Unfortunately, the answer is "maybe. " The analysis involves a very complicated investigation of the facts of your case and your personal history. You should NEVER refuse the Breathalyzer 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. Wondering if you still have a defense if you take the Breathalyzer test? https://youtu.be/74L8uXECD9A Here's the test Can you answer "TRUE" to ALL of the following...

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Arrested for Physical Control?

What is a Physical Control charge? https://youtu.be/JaywvEoqoIMIn this Video Charles Rowland explains what the physical control option is for a DUI in Ohio.Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4511.194 (effective Jan. 1, 2005), it is illegal to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. "Physical Control" is defined as being in the driver's seat of a car and having possession of the vehicle's keys.  Physical Control does not require that the vehicle have ever been driven or even started.  Under the statute, having the keys within reach will satisfy the definition of having “physical control.” This is a growing problem...

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Driving Is A Right – Not A Privilege!

Driving Is A Right - Not A Privilege!Have you ever been told that "driving is a privilege?" Bah! This author argues that case law needs to be expanded to include “driving” as a fundamental right under the First Amendment’s Freedom of Assembly. Thus, the analysis should be under the substantive due process analysis not simply under the procedural due process analysis.Because the human rights of freedom of movement, right to earn a living and the right to peaceably assemble are only capable of being maintained with a valid driver’s license, the Court should require a more rigorous standard before depriving...

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Why The ALS Suspension Is Unconstitutional

We are often asked how the arresting officer is authorized to take a persons' license under the ALS suspension, and whether or not this is constitutional.  The dilemma presented by Ohio DUI Law is this: If I am innocent until proven guilty, how can they punish me by immediately taking my license when I am accused of DUI?  This site takes the position that the current law is unconstitutional.  But before we jump into the argument, it is important to understand how the current law works. If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a...

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Police Do Not Need To Know Law To Enforce It – Heien v. North Carolina

Heien v. North Carolina, No. 13–604. Argued October 6, 2014—Decided December 15, 2014 ; another case giving police more power to stop and arrest and another body blow to the Fourth Amendment.In 2009, Nicholas Heien and a friend were traveling on a highway in North Carolina when they were stopped for having a broken tail light. Subsequently, a search of the car found a plastic bag containing cocaine. Where this case takes a turn is when we learn that the police had no legal right to stop the car because, under North Carolina law, having a single broken tail light is...

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Aggravated Vehicular Assault: What is Operation?

In order to convict a person of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, the State is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that, “while operating * * * a motor vehicle, * * * cause[d] serious physical harm to another person * * * [a]s the proximate result of committing a violation of division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code * * *.” R.C. 2903.08(A)(1)(a).The Ohio Jury Instructions with respect to vehicular assault provide a definition of “operate” which mimics that found in R.C. 4511.01(HHH).  The definition of “operate” in R.C. 4511.01(HHH) encompasses past or completed movement of a vehicle.  Ohio...

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Holiday DUI Blitz Begins December 6th

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced its annual "Holiday DUI Blitz."  The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.The holiday dui  initiative will take place from Friday, December 5 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending...

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Ignition Interlock Bill Dies In Committee

Annie's Law (H.B. 469) a bill that would have required all first-time OVI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles has failed to garner enough votes to make it out of committee.  The bill, in its proposed form would have required a driver to blow into the the device to start the car, which would prevent the engine from starting if too much alcohol was detected on his or her breath.The bill faced opposition from the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association. Chief worries about the bill included issues of restricting judicial sentencing discretion and...

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Ohio DUI Law: Is Smell of Marijuana Sufficient?

Marijuana Is the odor of enough to justify a police search or arrest and can an officer make a valid determination based on just a smell?Attorney Charles Rowland answers common marijuana and OVI charge questions in this video. A peer-reviewed journal article, entitled “Marijuana Odor Perception: Studies Modeled From Probable Cause Cases”, published in Law and Human Behavior, (Vol. 28, No. 2, April 2004) explains that “The present findings throw into question, in two specific instances, the validity of observations made by law enforcement officers using the sense of smell to discern the presence of the drug. Although these instances reflect a...

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Affirmative Defenses for Prescription Drug OVI Charges in Ohio

Did you get a prescription drug OVI?  Do you have a valid prescription?Ohio and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have made enforcement of DUI laws against illegal and prescription drugs a priority.  Throughout the state, this means that you now face arrest if you are taking many common prescription medications.  Given that upwards of 70% of Americans are taking a prescription medication, you need to know your rights.Ohio provides an affirmative defense to an impaired driving charge if you have both a valid prescription from an authorized professional and you were taking your medication according to the directions provided. R.C....

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