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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "prior dui"

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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Is It A Crime To Refuse To Take A Breath Test?

Is it a crime to refuse to take a breath test? Ohio has adopted O.R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) which makes it a crime to refuse to take an evidentiary chemical test if you have a prior OVI (drunk driving)  or OVUAC (juvenile/underage drunk driving) conviction any time within the last twenty (20) years.  If you refuse and you have a prior within twenty (20) years then the penalties for your OVI offense will be double the mandatory minimum. (See generally the "Penalties" section of the DaytonDUI blog).Professional drivers who refuse to take a breath test face a separate crime if they do not...

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Driving Privileges: Hard Time

15 days if you took the test, 30 days if you did not (First Offense)If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately.  This pre-conviction suspension is called the ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION. The ALS is a suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not a suspension imposed by the court.  A court may not grant...

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An Ohio OVI Conviction May Prevent Entry Into Canada (by DaytonDUI)

Driving Under the Influence May Prevent Entry Into CanadaCanada places strict limits on who may enter.  One of the most vexing restrictions is the Criminal Inadmissibility due to a DUI charge.  Shockingly, you may also be denied admission due to the conduct of a dependent who has a prior DUI offense.  Obviously, the best way to prevent a problem is to hire an aggressive DUI/OVI attorney who will fight to prevent a conviction.  Tell your Ohio OVI attorney about any Canadian travel you regularly take or may be required to take for your business.  However, if you have been previously...

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Prior DUI Offenses (Federal and Out-of-State)

My practice is proud to serve the military community in and around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  One of the recurring questions we get from military personnel is whether or not a federal or out-of-state DUI can be used to enhance a DUI they get here in Ohio.  At one time they did not.  Now, however, the offenses received in another state or on federal property do count. See Ohio Revised Code 4511.181(A).  DUI defense attorneys challenged the ex post facto application of R.C. 4511.181(A) but the courts have held that since it serves only as an enhancement it meets constitutional...

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