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Ohio OVI Laws: Immobilization (First Offense)

If you do not have a prior OVI offense, getting your car back is relatively easy as Ohio OVI laws do not authorize immobilization as a penalty for a first offense.  Here are the steps you should take to get your car back. Locate the proper tow lot; Gather enough cash (or other proper payment)…
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What Happens At Your OVI Arraignment?

The following will happen when you appear for your OVI arraignment. You will be called into a big room with many people facing many different types of charges. The Judge, will explain the complaint to you which details the offense(s) you are charged with, and will explain it to you if you do not understand…
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No, A Physical Control Does Not Count As A “Prior Offense”

We get this Physical Control Question Quite a Bit! A physical control conviction (R.C. 4511.194) does not count as a "prior offense" for purposes of enhancing a subsequent OVI (drunk driving) charge.  This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute.  R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions.  It…
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Dayton Municipal Court: How The Judges Spend Their Time

According to their official website, the Dayton Municipal Court has five elected judges who spend about 40% of their time in court presiding over felony preliminary hearings, in-jail arraignments, and civil cases. These proceedings are cases not officially assigned to each judge’s docket, but must be handled in the course of regular, daily court business.…
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Ohio OVI Blitz Continues Through Labor Day

This weekend saw local jurisdictions fully implement the annual Ohio OVI blitz known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."  The enforcement action will last until September 7, 2015 and will be accompanied by radio, television and news coverage. The efforts are funded by massive federal grants and allows local and state police forces to garner…
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