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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Vehicle registration plate"

DUI & The International Driver’s License

In Ohio, there is no such thing as an international driver’s license for United States citizens.  If you are using an “international driver’s license” in place of a state-issued license, you should stop immediately. It is illegal, and if caught, you will face criminal charges.  If your Ohio State driver's license has been revoked due to a DUI (now called OVI), you cannot drive here on any other license. If you have a valid license from somewhere else, you may be able to drive in other jurisdictions. Check with local counsel.If, however, you are a new arrival to the United States...

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DaytonDUI Will Be Sporting Superman Plate; Will You?

Beginning in October, Ohio drivers will be able to put the iconic Superman symbol on their cars.  The long-awaited design was included in the recently passed Ohio budget and will be available during the 75th anniversary of the debut of “Action Comics No. 1,” the first appearance of Superman, who was created by Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  "Originally, the license plate would have contained the legend, “Ohio: Birthplace of Superman,” but DC Comics and its parent company, Time-Warner, objected to the term insisting that Superman was born on Krypton.  After some discussion, “Truth, Justice and the American Way” was...

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License Plate Light Not Illuminated (O.R.C. 4513.05)

In Ohio, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without a white light illuminating the rear registration plate. See O.R.C. 4513.05.  This law is often used as a pretext for a traffic stop which allows the officer to come into contact with the motorist.  Here is a full text of the law. 4513.05 Tail lights and illumination of rear license plate. (A) Every motor vehicle, trackless trolley, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a train of vehicles shall be equipped with at least one tail light mounted on the rear which, when lighted,...

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Ohio Court of Appeals Decides Obscured License Plate Case

Partially Obscured License No Basis For Continued Detention Once Obstruction Removed On a snowy January 29, 2010, Lakewood police observed a 2003 gray Mitsubishi Eclipse driving down the middle of a street due to snow banks on either side of the road.  The officer decided to follow the car and observed that he could not read the license plate because it was partially obscured by snow.  After initiating a traffic stop the officer testified that the snow either fell off or he brushed it off and was able to read the license plate.  The officer made contact with the driver who...

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Ohio DUI Law: Random Plate Checks

A driver has no reasonable expectation of privacy in a license plate number since it must be openly displayed under O.R.C. 4503.21.  In State v. Bates, 1987 WL 15817 (Ohio Ct. App. 9th Dist. Medina County) (1987), the 9th District Court of Appeals held that information obtained by an officer who "runs your license plate" may provide reasonable suspicion" to justify a traffic stop.  See also, Rocky River v. Saleh, 139 Ohio App.3d 313, 743 N. E. 2d 944 (8th Dist. Cuyahoga County 2000).  The Bates Court held that although a random vehicle stop without  reasonable suspicion of criminal...

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Dayton Issues DUI “Party Plates”

By Lucas Sullivan Staff Writer Wednesday, October 01, 2008Since 2004, Ohio law has required that judges assign special license plates to drivers with multiple drunken-driving convictions who still need a car.But only 8,500 vehicles bore these "DUI plates" through the end of last year even though 33,000 Ohio drivers have five or more drunken driving convictions, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.The reluctance by Municipal Court judges to issue these plates is evident in Montgomery County, which ranks last among Ohio counties with at least 500,000 residents, in the...

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