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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Field Tests (SFSTs)" (Page 12)

DUI Science; Traumatic Brain Injury

Often, a DUI offense will stem from a one-car traffic accident.  Officers arriving on the scene see someone who is acting in a strange or disconnected way.  Some officers understandably view this behavior as evidence of impairment.  It is up to the DUI attorney to understand that such indicators can be caused by traumatic brain injury.  Below is a primer which was taken from the Centers for Disease Control web site:www.http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/TBI.htmWhat is Traumatic Brain Injury?A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating...

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Xenia Daily Gazette: Kreitz Found Not Guilty

6/12/2008 11:37:00 PMCharles Caperton/Greene County DailiesJoseph Kreitz, 34, during trial in Common Pleas Court earlier this week, was found not guilty of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide from a traffic crash on Jasper Road in August of 2005 that killed Tina Freelan and Joshua Day both of Xenia, who were passengers in his car.Kreitz found not guilty of vehicular manslaughterAARON KEITH HARRIS Staff WriterXENIA — Jurors in the trial of a Xenia man accused of killing two friends in a drunk-driving accident on his birthday in August 2005 took about three hours Thursday to find him not guilty.Joseph W....

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NHTSA Clues of Intoxication; what the police are looking for

When a police officer pulls behind you he or she is observing your driving. The following is a list of symptoms in descending order of probability that the person observed is driving while intoxicated. The list is based upon research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration and can be found in the most recent version of the NHTSA student training manual.  Make sure your DUI/OVI attorney knows what the police know.  Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to representing the accused drunk driver.  Contact him today at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384).1. Turning with a wide radius 2. Straddling center of lane...

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Drug Sniffing Dog, standards and protocols

The North American Police Work Dog Association (http://www.NAPWDA.com) was formed in 1977 and is composed of law enforcement officers throughout the United States and several other countries. Their mission is that they are Dedicated to Assisting Police Work Dog Teams Throughout the World. They conduct in-service training workshops in various states throughout the year and hold a major national workshop in a different state yearly. Officers and their K9's attend these workshops for problem solving, legal updates, new techniques in various phases of police work dog use and certifications to their standards.If you have a drug case involving the use of a drug-sniffing...

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Ignition Interlock for Repeat DUI Offenders

Statement of Attribution to Andrea C. Rehkamp, Executive Director, MADD Southwestern Ohio Affiliate (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – February 21, 2008 – In Ohio alone, there are 147,000 people who have been convicted of three or more DUI offenses with more than 33,000 of those people having five or more DUI convictions. Drivers who are intoxicated will continue to get behind the wheel because they can. That’s why states across the country – including Ohio – are considering legislation that requires alcohol ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Families of victims/survivors of drunk driving, like that of William Sandlin, deserve more. Butler County resident...

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Odor of an Alcoholic Beverage

It is legal to have a drink and drive.  However, most of us know that an "odor" of an alcoholic beverage can lead to all sorts of problems.  I have represented clients who have tried all types of masks when they are pulled over by police officers.  Often, to avoid the hassle of field sobriety tests and the distinct possibility of an arrest, they will light a cigarette or cigar, chug mouthwash, or put in gum.  Other more interesting tricks include chewing on a raw potato, putting pennies (or nickles) in your mouth or biting your lip until it bleeds.Experienced...

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DUI Credentials: Rowland First in US To Earn Forensic Sobriety Assessment

FSA Certification is the most advanced credential available to DUI professionals in behavioral sobriety assessment. Ideally, all attorneys, judges, and police officers who deal with DWI cases would be knowledgeable about these topics. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) trains police officers to assess intoxication, it does not provide training in important scientific topics or differential diagnosis, and does not address the many criticisms of the tests. FSA Certification is available to those who demonstrate proficiency by passing examinations in seven of the eight content areas (the module on statistical significance and effect size is currently optional).Charles M....

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DUI Science Training; Forensic Sobriety Assessment

This weekend, February 29-March 2, 2008, Charles M. Rowland II will continue his committment to continued DUI education by attending the Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification program in Houston, Texas.  The topics to be covered include: Scientific Issues in Judging Intoxication and SFST Research and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: Vision Science Perspectives.  The program is conducted by Steve Rubenzer, Ph.D., ABPP Diplomate in Forensic Psychology and Scott Stevenson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Optometry University of Houston....

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Standardization Vital to Field Test Reliability

The Importance of Standardization The validity of SFST results is dependent upon practitioners following the established, standardized procedures for test administration and scoring. NHTSA's SFST Student Manual states that the procedures demonstrated in the training program describe how SFSTs should be administered under ideal conditions, but that ideal conditions do not always exist in the field. Variations from ideal conditions, and deviations from the standardized procedures, might affect the evidentiary weight that should be given to test results.Courts in several states have reviewed the admissibility of field sobriety tests that assess physical coordination and have held that deviations in the administration of...

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Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; What Is the 3-Test Battery

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests administered and evaluated in a standardized manner to obtain validated indicators of impairment and establish probable cause for arrest. These tests were developed as a result of research sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and conducted by the Southern California Research Institute. A formal program of training was developed and is available through NHTSA to help law enforcement officers become more skillful at detecting DWI suspects, describing the behavior of these suspects, and presenting effective testimony in court. Formal administration and accreditation of the program...

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