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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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Reckless Operation in Ohio: What is the Law? – Video

RECKLESS OPERATION: What is the law? https://youtu.be/R0IvweB5sdYThis video explains what reckless operation means for your Ohio drivers license and the difference between a reckless operation and an OVI. Reckless operation in Ohio can constitute any number of offenses within the Ohio Revised Code dealing with operation of a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard to persons or property.  Commonly, reckless operation is charged under O.R.C. 4511.20 (all codes sections are set forth below).  There is a separate O.R.C. section dealing with reckless operation while off-road (O.R.C. 4511.201) and while on a watercraft (O.R.C. 1547.07).  O.R.C. 4511.202 is Ohio’s Reasonable Control Statute.The Ohio Supreme...

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No, A Physical Control Does Not Count As A “Prior Offense”

We get this Physical Control Question Quite a Bit! Answer: No! Physical Control does not count as a prior offense. What Is Physical Control?   Watch our video explanation about what the physical control option is and what it means for your case.   Physical Control (Under the Influence) [ORC 4511.194]  is a 1st degree misdemeanor traffic offense.  Because it is considered a non-moving offense, it carries zero (0) BMV points. It is defined as being in the driver's position of the front seat of a vehicle and having possession of the vehicle's ignition key while under the influence alcohol or drugs, but not actually operating...

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What is a Physical Control Violation? Is It Better Than An OVI?

Why should I consider a reduction to Physical Control? Want to know what physical control means for your case? Watch our video on physical control charges .  While a “physical control” conviction (O.R.C. 4511.194)  is similar to an OVI conviction (O.R.C. 4511.19) in that both are alcohol-related first degree misdemeanors, the PC conviction does not carry mandatory minimum penalties. In fact, a court may give proportionally lighter penalties due to the fact that you did not operate your vehicle and place others at risk.There are many reasons why an attorney may seek a physical control charge as a reduction from an OVI...

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DUI Expungements Still Not A Reality In Ohio

Ohio Senate Bill 143 (OH SB143) was passed in the Senate June 4, 2014, and signed by Gov. John Kasich June, 2014. The new expungement law shall become effective September 19, 2014.  This follows the 2012 change to Ohio's expungement law (Ohio Senate Bill 337) which changed the requirement of “first offender” to “eligible offender,” expanding the types of convictions and how many convictions that a person can seal and expunge from their criminal record.  Under the new law, even more people may be eligible for an expungement.  Are DUI charges now eligible for expungement? No!Significant provisions of the new...

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A Physical Control Conviction Is Not A Prior Offense

Our video explains what the physical control option is and what it means for you.  A physical control conviction does not count as a "prior offense" for purposes of enhancement.  This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute.  R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions.  It does not list a violation of physical control (R.C. 4511.194) as a predicate offense.  It does not matter if the prior conviction  was charged under R.C. 4511.194 or as a violation of a municipal ordinance. This is set forth at R.C. 4511.182(A) and in State v. Schultz, 2008-Ohio-4325...

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Can I Get An ALS Suspension On A Physical Control Charge?

If you are found drunk in a non-moving car, you may be charged with a violation of O.R.C. 4511.194, Physical Control of an Automobile While Impaired instead of drunk driving (O.R.C. 4511.19, OVI, DUI, OMVI).  The arresting officer, on behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (hereinafter BMV), imposes an Administrative License Suspension at the time of arrest for OVI, or OVUAC when the driver refuses to take the chemical test or takes it and has an alcohol concentration in his whole blood of .08%, blood serum or plasma of .096%, breath of .08%, or in his urine of...

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Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated (O.R.C. 4511.194)

Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated (O.R.C. 4511.194) is the offense of being intoxicated while in physical control of a car, but not having caused the vehicle to move.  If you are under the influence and the prosecutor can prove that you “operated” your car and were not simply in “physical control” of your car, you may face a charge of OVI/DUI (drunk driving).  Thus the legal analysis will turn on whether on the prosecutor can prove you "operated" your car.  “Operation” includes causing or having caused a vehicle (such as a car, truck, RV, bicycle or motorcycle) to move....

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Ohio DUI Laws: An Overview

This post collects together in one place many of the Ohio DUI Laws that arise in drunk driving cases.   Some Ohio DUI laws are listed because law enforcement will charge these offenses to establish probable cause for pulling over your vehicle.  If you need to find out more about a specific law, or how the statute has been interpreted or applied, call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or read about the specific Ohio DUI law at the Ohio DUI Law Blog.Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI); O.R.C. 4511.19 This is Ohio's drunk driving statute (Ohio's DUI law).  It is a...

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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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