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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "ohio ovi" (Page 10)

How To Pay Your Ticket In Dayton (by DaytonDUI)

 If you receive a ticket in the jurisdiction of the Dayton Municipal Court, you can pay the ticket on-line, in person or by mail.Pay your fine online at www.paymyfine.org with a VISA or MASTERCARD. Traffic Tickets will be in the system within five (5) business days. Electronic parking tickets will be available for online payment within 12 hours of issuance. Handwritten parking tickets will be available for online payment within two business days of issuance.Pay in person between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday report to the Dayton Montgomery County Courts Building at 301 W. Third St.,...

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Can A Defendant Waive A Jury Trial In Ohio? (by DaytonDUI)

Controversial Jury Bill Dies In Committee Ohio is one of 21 states that give the power to decide whether or not to have a jury trial solely to the defendant.  Thus, a defendant can, at any point, decide against a jury trial and opt for a trial only to the judge.  This is often done in serious OVI cases wherein a technical or scientific point is the most salient point.  It is particularly apt when a defendant wants to avoid allowing the prosecution to enflame the jury with sympathetic evidence of injuries or in cases where the defendant has a lengthy...

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FBI Investigates False DUI Arrests

This page has long maintained that the current "Standardized Field Sobriety Test" procedure is fraught with uncertainty and open to subjective interpretation.  A federal investigation has been launched against Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Lisa Steed for civil rights violations. Steed has been accused of arresting people for DUI who were sober. Two judges have found Steed lied on the witness stand and a 2010 memo suggesting she was falsifying arrest reports has emerged.  While the vast majority of law enforcement officers are hard-working and dedicated to protecting the public from drunk drivers, this officer may have used her discretion to abuse innocent citizens....

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Eleventh District Court of Appeals Upholds State v. Vega

When you are accused of a DUI/OVI in Ohio, the breath test machine is presumed to be perfect.  What is more, your attorney cannot challenge presumed flaws in the machine or the weakness in the science supporting the machine.  Such challenges are limited by a 1984 Ohio Supreme Court ruling (State v. Vega) holding that once the Ohio Department of Health certifies a machine, it becomes valid and the defendant loses the ability to argue defenses based on the underlying science of the machine.  This author has made it a long-standing goal to fight this case and has done so for...

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MADD’s Legislative Agenda Moving Forward

As we have long warned in this blog, MADD and its allies in government are working hard to implement harsh measures that will test every person who gets into a car without their consent for alcohol impairment.  Yesterday,  the National Transportation Safety Board has officially urged every state to "require all convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them from starting a car’s engine if their breath tests positive for small (non-impairing) levels of alcohol."  This would require a legislative change in Ohio OVI law which now requires such devices only for multiple offenders.The board also urged...

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Is The Smell Of Alcohol Enough To Justify Field Sobriety Testing?

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: Is Smell Enough? Some Ohio courts have upheld determinations that the mere presence of a moderate to strong odor of alcohol, coupled with a proper initial stop, is sufficient to justify the administration of field sobriety tests. See, e.g., State v. Tackett, 2d Dist. No. 2011-CA-15, 2011-Ohio-6711 (“[t]his court has, however, repeatedly held that a strong odor of alcohol alone is sufficient to provide an officer with reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior”). See also State v. Schott, 2d Dist. No. 1415, 1997 Ohio App. LEXIS 2061 (May 16, 1997); State v. Haucke, 2d Dist. No. 99 CA...

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OVI Checkpoint In Middletown & Wapakoneta (December 7, 2012)

A drunk driving checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday night through Saturday on Ohio 4 north of Wilbraham Road in Middletown, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced this morning.The Auglaize County checkpoint will run from 8pm until midnight on Bellefountain St (near I-75) in Wapakoneta.Put DaytonDUI in your cell phone now (937)776-2671.  If you want to receive updated information on sobriety checkpoints,  enhanced traffic enforcement, saturation patrols and other important developments that affect you, sign up for text alerts on the main page of this blog.  Text alerts will be sent directly to your mobile device/smartphone in...

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Driving and Drugs: Ohio’s Per Se Marijuana Law

 Wondering if you can get charged with an OVI from Marijuana? While it is well established that alcohol consumption increases accident risk, evidence of marijuana's culpability in on-road driving accidents and injury is far less clear. Although acute cannabis intoxication following inhalation has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills, this impairment is seldom severe or long lasting.  According to the US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. State of Knowledge of Drugged Driving: FINAL REPORT. op. cit., "Experimental research on the effects of cannabis ...

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Ohio OVI: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests & Marijuana

State v. Dixon, 2007-Ohio-5189 (Ohio Ct. App. 12th Dist. Clermont County 2007).More and more, we are seeing law enforcement officers arrest drivers on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.  Often, an officer will request a urine test for marijuana after a defendant has blown substantially under the per se alcohol limit on a breath test machine.  This raises questions about the proper determination of probable cause.  If, for example, no alcohol was suspected how did the officer arrive deduce enough evidence to make an arrest? Were the standardized field sobriety tests administered to detect alcohol or...

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Affirmative Defenses to a Driving Under Suspension Charge

Ohio law provides two affirmative defenses to the crime of driving under suspension.  Ohio Revised Code section 4510.04, Affirmative defenses to driving under suspension or cancellation, provides in pertinent part, It is an affirmative defense to any prosecution brought under section 4510.11, 4510.14, 4510.16, or 4510.21 of the Revised Code or under any substantially equivalent municipal ordinance that the alleged offender drove under suspension, without a valid permit or driver’s or commercial driver’s license, or in violation of a restriction because of a substantial emergency, and because no other person was reasonably available to drive in response to the emergency.It is an affirmative defense to any...

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