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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Field Tests (SFSTs)" (Page 6)

Ohio DUI Law: Admissibility of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(D)(4)(b) sets forth the standards for admissibility of the results of field sobriety tests in OVI (drunk driving) prosecutions.  See State v. Bozcar, 113 Ohio St. 3d 148, 2007-Ohio-1251, 863 N.E.2d 115 (2007).  In order for the tests to be admissible, the State must demonstrate:By clear and convincing evidence. The Officer administered the tests in substantial compliance. The testing standards for any reliable, credible, and generally accepted test. Including, but not limited to, the standards set by NHTSA.The only guidance provided for determining the meaning of "substantial compliance" has come from State v. Burnside, 100 Ohio St. 3d 152, 2003-Ohio-5372...

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Federal Court Overturns Bogus DUI

Sober woman sues after being jailed on a false drunk driving charge. When courts acquiesce to lowering the standards for arrests and heighten the importance of placing people under arrest for the political crime of OVI, injustices are sure to follow.  Just such an injustice was done to Catrena Green and she’s fighting back!Green was stopped in August 2008 by an Ohio State Trooper for failure to dim her high beams.  When the Trooper stopped Green, she explained that due to the wet conditions she was trying to be careful.  She then asked if she had done anything else.  "No, not...

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DUI Science: How To Read The Correlation Studies in the NHTSA Manual

Researchers at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have created a booklet for law enforcement called “Guide for Detecting Drunk Drivers at Night.”  This guide sets forth some of the most common and reliable indicators of drunk driving.  The list divides driving behaviors into four areas of clues that officers are trained to look for: Maintaining Lane Position, Speed and Braking, Vigilance, and Judgment.  The following is a list of symptoms in descending order of probability that the person observed is at or above a .10% BAC, thus statutorily driving while intoxicated.Turning with a wide radius Straddling center of lane marker “Appearing to be...

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DaytonDUI, Defending a Breath Test Case

"I'll Huff and I'll Puff and Blow Your House Down" Did you know that your breathing pattern can significantly alter the concentration of alcohol on your evidential breath test?  According to scientific research, "[t]he subject's test manner of breathing just prior to providing breath for analysis can significantly alter the concentration of alcohol in the resulting exhalation." (Jones, 1982, Schoknecht, 1989) as cited in Physiological Aspecs of Breath-Alcohol Measurement, Alcohol Drugs & Driving Vol. 6, No. 2, A.W. Jones.Hyperventilation "...

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Admissibility of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests – Statutory Rules

Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(D)(4)(b) sets forth the law on admissibility of the standardized field sobriety tests in Ohio.  It reads, in pertinent part: (b) In any criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceeding for a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section, of a municipal ordinance relating to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse, or of a municipal ordinance relating to operating a vehicle with a prohibited concentration of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a metabolite of a controlled substance in the whole blood, blood serum...

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WCPO I-Team Questions the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

“I would never recommend anyone take the field sobriety test. It’s designed to fail.”  That is the conclusion of Dr. Spurgeon Cole, a retired Clemson University psychology professor whose area of expertise is the study of measurements.  He says all ages are scored the same, and “whether you’re a good athlete or you’re a klutz, you get the same [test].”  This conclusion is set forth in the I-team investigation into the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests by WCPO, ABC 9 in Cincinnati. Full Story HERE.  Attorneys who defend the accused drunk driver agree. “They are setting you up to fail," MJ Donovan...

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The Prescription Drug Defense

While many people think of impaired driving as involving alcohol, we are increasingly seeing people accused of being impaired by prescription drugs.  Clients are surprised to learn that the same harsh penalties that apply to alcohol impairment also apply to prescription drug impairment.  You need an attorney who knows how to fight a drugged driving case.Drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs present a problem for law enforcement as indicators of prescription drug use are less apparent.  The standardized field sobriety tests are crude tools for detecting alcohol and may be useless in determining prescription drug impairment.  Challenging the officer's observations...

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DUI Law: What Should I Say?

If you are stopped by law enforcement on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer will ask "Have you had anything to drink tonight?"  Some officers ask a variant of this question by making it an accusation, "I smell alcohol, how much have you had to drink?"  We are often asked how best to answer this question.The short, best and most protective answer is to reply that you are uncomfortable answering any questions without an attorney present.  You have a Fifth Amendment Right to remain silent.  The police cannot punish you for exercising this right. USE IT!  So often a perfectly defensible case will...

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Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Unreliable!

Today, in State v. Heather Reid, Case No. TRC 1100716 in the Circleville Municipal Court, Judge Gary Dumm has ruled that "The State of Ohio cannot expect this Court to find the Intoxilyzer 8000 reliable when the State refuses to address known problems and explain why those problems can be ignored."The Court calls for independent laboratory testing to address the issues raised by the adoption of the Intoxilyzer 8000: RFI, sample size of the chamber, volume of the sample tested, possible operator manipulation of the results, possible CMI modifications of the software without the knowledge of ODH and slope detector...

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Ohio DUI Law: State v. Haneberg (HGN While Seated In Patrol Car)

The 9th District Court of Appeals issued a great decision on the issue of substantial compliance.  Specifically, the issue involved giving the HGN test while the Defendant was seated in the car.  The Court found that this was not substantial compliance. (State v. Haneberg 5/29/2007, 2007-Ohio-2561, 9th District Court of Appeals).  If you need a DUI/OVI attorney anywhere in Dayton or the Miami Valley, contact Charles M. Rowland II at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384) or visit www.DaytonDUI.com ....

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