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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Ohio General Assembly"

OVI or DUI (Which is right?)

The current version of Ohio's impaired driving law is O.R.C. 4511.19, is entitled "Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs - OVI."  This is the same offense which is also known as DUI (driving under the influence), OMVI (operating a vehicle impaired), DWI (driving while intoxicated) or drunk driving.  The Ohio General Assembly changed the acronym to connote the broadening of the law from simply alcohol impairment to any drug (or condition?) which may impair.  The term "operate" also has a broader definition than that of "driving."  For example, if a driver is found behind the wheel of...

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They Are Listening To Us – Act Now!

Last Friday I received a call from State Representative Rick Perales regarding the pending bill regarding red-light/speed cameras now before the Ohio legislature.  Representative Perales is a freshman Representative elected to Ohio's 73rd District which includes Greene County.  I cannot say how much I was impressed with his grasp of the issue and his acknowledgement of the  myriad problems raised by allowing these cameras to ticket people without due process protections.  Though not a lawyer by training, he is fully aware of all of the legal concerns at the heart of this issue and acknowledged the arguments that opponents of...

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Limited Driving Privileges

The Limits on Limited Driving PrivilegesRevised Code 4510.021 authorizes courts to grant "limited driving privileges." The Ohio General Assembly  has taken steps to restrict when a court can grant privileges.   A court cannot grant you driving privileges under the following circumstances: (1) If you have been charged with an OVI or OVUAC the legislature has enacted "hard-time" during which the court cannot grant you privileges.  In effect, they are acting to restrict a court from conforming with the American principle that you are innocent until proven guilty.  This author has taken the position that the ability to drive is a right...

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