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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "traffic law" (Page 9)

Proof Beyond All Reasonable Doubt And Other Closing Arguments (by DaytonDUI)

Imagine that you woke up with a sore throat.  It persists throughout the day and into the next.  As the week drags on you feel worse and worse and your wife demands that you go to the doctor.  You hate doctors, but you feel so lousy that you agree to get your throat checked out.  When you arrive you fill out the requisite forms and wait longer than you feel is necessary.  Just as you are nearing your boiling point a nurse calls your name and leads you into a small room.  You tell her that you've had a sore...

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Illegal Police Stops (by DaytonDUI)

Protecting You From Illegal Police Stops! The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures, which  includes being unlawfully or illegally pulled over or stopped by law enforcement.  An officer cannot simply pull you over based on a hunch or intuition.  When a police officer observes a traffic violation, he or she is justified in initiating a limited stop for the purpose of issuing a citation.  State v. Brickman(2001), 11th Dist. No. 2000-P-oo58, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 2575.  The legal standard applied to traffic stops is reasonable and articulable suspicion, which means that the officer has reason to...

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Ohio Drunk Driving Law and the College Student

If you get a DUI while attending an Ohio college or university the effects can be devastating.  It is vital that you speak to an attorney prior to making any legal decision that can affect your future.  Too many frightened and overwhelmed students choose to just plead guilty not knowing the life-long consequences their actions can have.In a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey, 44% of college students reported binge drinking at least once in the two weeks prior to being surveyed.  19% reported frequent binge drinking, and more than half of those admitted to drinking and driving in the 30 days prior to being surveyed. It...

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The 47 Types & 38 Causes of Nystagmus; (It’s Not Just Caused by Alcohol)

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is an eye test approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(hereinafter NHTSA) as a tool to detect clues of impairment in drivers. The HGNtest is one of three psychomotor tests approved as part of the standardized field sobriety testing protocol employed by law enforcement officers throughout the United States and used here in Ohio. The HGN is a test of your eyes wherein the testing officer is looking for abnormal movements call saccades.  These movements make the eye appear to bounce or wobble.  The officer uses this movement to make a correlation to alcohol use.  This would valid only if we are...

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Motorcycles and DUI in Ohio

IN HONOR OF STUGIS, HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON MOTORCYCLES AND DUI The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a guide specific to motorcycle operators.  The basis of this motorcycle guide are based on a 1993 study, The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists, DOT HS 807 839, March 1993; Jack W. Stuster, Anacapa Sciences Inc., wherein police reports were used to identify "cues" of impaired drivers.  Over 100 "cues" were narrowed down to 14.  NHTSA lables 7 of these "cues" as "excellent" predictors of impairment and 7 are considered "good" predictors of impairment.  According to NHTSA "excellent" is defined as...

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DUI Blood Tests: Whole Blood vs. Serum/Plasma

Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-03(A) sets forth the techniques and methods for determining the concentration of alcohol in blood, urine and other bodily substances.  Pursuant to that rule, Ohio allows for testing including gas chromatography and enzyme assays.  To challenge a blood test, it is important to know if the State has tested the blood as whole blood or as serum/plasma.  Operation with a concentration of alcohol is prohibited if the concentration in whole blood is equal to or exceeds .08%, R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(b).  However, the prohibited concentration for whole blood is a concentration equal to or exceeding .096%, R.C.4511.19(A)(1)(c).  The high...

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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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Ohio DUI Law Update: Congress Approves MADD’s Legislative Agenda

Congress has bowed to pressure from the powerful lobbying group Mother's Against Drunk Driving and approved the Federal transportation legislation Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21.  The Act authorizes funding for research projects and advances the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS.   The $10 million research program is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety.The development of DADSS has been the main legislative and lobbying effort of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the past few years.  Due to their efforts they have garnered the buy-in of car...

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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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Ohio State Highway Patrol Announces Summer Enforcement Effort

In response to a 12 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has begun a new summer-long high visibility enforcement initiative.  The OSP will employ three regional traveling tactical squads to target crash causing violations in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes.  The effort will use mapped crash data that identifies the days and times when crashes are occurring.  “We hope to combat the rising fatalities by patrolling areas during the days and times when they are most dangerous,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “However, we need the help of the motoring public...

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