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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "ovi trial"

Alcohol Influence Report – OVI Trial Strategy

The Alcohol Influence Report is a document prepared by the arresting officer noting each and every indicator for alcohol impairment that they took note of in their investigation. Most of the forms require that the officer simply check the predetermined indicator. Not surprisingly, all the officer's observations fall neatly into these predetermined areas. The report is a document of the officers opinions and should not be considered routine ministerial reports of a non-adversarial nature. Clearly, letting the jury have this document as evidence to review in the jury room would be prejudicial to an OVI defense.You need an attorney who...

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Burden Shifting At A Motion To Suppress Hearing

A motion to suppress is often the most critical phase of the OVI trial process.  Procedurally, the defense attorney files a motion challenging all of the government's evidence.  Once this motion is filed the government has the burden of demonstrating the propriety of the arrest and that law enforcement substantially complied with the rules.When a defendant challenges the admission of a breath-alcohol test, courts apply a burden shifting analysis. The state must show substantial compliance with ODH regulations, and if the state meets that burden, a rebuttable presumption arises that the test results are admissible. Burnside at ¶ 24; State...

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OVI Trial Practice: Admission of the Alcohol Influence Report

The Alcohol Influence Report is a document prepared by the arresting officer noting each and every indicator for alcohol impairment that they took note of in their investigation.  Most of the forms require that the officer simply check the predetermined indicator.  Not surprisingly, all the officer's observations fall neatly into these predetermined areas. The report is a document of the officers opinions and should not be considered routine ministerial reports of a non-adversarial nature.   Clearly, letting the jury have this document as evidence to review in the jury room would be prejudicial to an OVI defense.Evidence Rule 803(8) excludes...

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Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: You Can’t Say That!

"The notion that an officer may testify and estimate that a person, based on his or her Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus results, will test over the statutory limit a certain percentage of the time is alarming."  This is not the opinion of an OVI defense attorney, but the opinion of the 4th District Court of Appeals in State v. Martin, 2005-Ohio-1732 (Ohio Ct. App. 4th Dist. Pickaway County 2005)(error found to be harmless in light of the other evidence adduced).  Therein, the court found it was error for the trial court to permit the arresting officer to testify that four or...

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Ohio OVI Law – a definition

Image via WikipediaThe term OVI (Operating a Vehicle while Impaired) is the latest acronym for the universally understood DUI; they mean the same thing.  Often you will find yourself charged with OVI offenses in two ways: the first is for testing over the per se limit, and the second charge for operating a vehicle while impaired. In Ohio driving under the influence includes driving while intoxicated with too much alcohol, or driving under the influence of a drug of abuse. The traditional offense is "driving under the influence of alcohol" (DUI). Ohio has also enacted a second, so-called "per se"...

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Dayton Sobriety Checkpoint is a Bust

Image via WikipediaThe sobriety checkpoint Friday, Oct. 30 on North Dixie Drive produced only three arrests for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  Other citations included nine charges for driving under suspension or without a license, and 21 other violations, including traffic, seat belt and child restraint issues.The checkpoint was set up from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Montgomery County Combined Agency O.V.I. Task Force, and included saturation patrols in the area surrounding the checkpoint. The sheriff’s office and task force plan extra patrols throughout the Halloween...

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No DUI/OVI Checkpoints Tonight for Dayton, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Springfield or Xenia, Ohio

Image by Renegade98 via FlickrI have checked with WHIO News, the Greene County Ohio State Highway Patrol Post, the Montgomery County Ohio State Highway Patrol Post, the Clark County Ohio State Highway Patrol Post, the Greene County Sheriff and all the other media sources.  All report that there will be no sobriety checkpoints this weekend (Oct 23-25).You can keep abreast of all checkpoints in the Miami Valley by following me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DaytonDUI.  Have a safe weekend! ...

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