The Reality of an Ohio DUI Arrest

You are out to dinner with friends and you decide to have a couple of beers.  On the way home you see police lights in your rearview mirror.  The officer approaches and says, “I noticed that your license plate light was not working.”  You remember that the news announced a major “saturation patrol” was taking place and that officers were pulling people over for any conceivable reason.  You tell the officer that you only had a couple of beers.   “Sir, could you please step out of the car.”  The officer puts you through a series of difficult, confusing and humiliating field sobriety tests.  You comply because you honestly know that you could not be impaired.  The officer says that he is going to take you to the station.  Your car is going to be towed and impounded.  You watch as the officer searches through the property in your car. You are under arrest for DUI.

At the station you are told to blow into a breath test machine and are given dire warnings about what would happen should you refuse.  You want to speak to an attorney, but you know that you are not drunk, so you blow.  The officer relays the news that you failed a breath test.  “But that’s not right,” you protest.  You are informed that your “privilege” to drive has been administratively revoked.  What will happen if you cannot drive?  At this point you are placed in a cell with other people who are drunk, angry, disorderly, loud, insane, panting, vomiting or sweating through the first stages of major drug withdrawal.  Who do you call to get out?  How much work will you miss?  Will you get fired?  You need an excellent attorney.

Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver.  “All I do is DUI defense,” says Rowland.  Credentials?  Charles Rowland was one of the first private attorneys in the nation to be certified on the Intoxilyzer 8000.  National Patent Analytical Systems has certified Charles Rowland in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC DataMaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument, the most commonly used breath testing instrument in Ohio for DUI arrests. Rowland has been a DUI prosecutor and has been a special prosecutor in DUI cases.  He has been qualified as an expert witness on evidential breath testing by the United States government and has testified in court martial proceedings.  When the police academy needed a DUI defense attorney for its mock trial class they called Charles Rowland.   He was the first attorney in the United States to earn a Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certificate (FSA) and is Ohio’s only FSA certified attorney.  Charles M. Rowland II attended the NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing training (the same training as law enforcement) wherein he was certified to administer and evaluate the standardized field sobriety tests.  Charles attended the 19th annual Mastering Science in a DUI in New Orleans and stays on the cutting edge of forensic defenses.

Charles M. Rowland II has distinguished himself amongst his peers.  He is past-President of the Greene County Bar Association and a member of the Ohio State, Dayton and Clark County Bar Associations.  He is the winner of the 2004 OSBF Community Service Award for Attorneys under 40 and was a Fellow to the Ohio State Bar Foundation in 2005.  He has co-edited Anderson’s Ohio Civil Practice, has been an adjunct professor for the Wright State University Honors Department and was co-recipient of the 2006 Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce’s Public Education Award.   He has served on the St. Luke Parish Council, the Beavercreek School Board and as President of TCN-BHS, Greene County’s alcohol and drug treatment provider.  If you find yourself accused of a drunken driving offense, you should contact Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 [318-1DUI], 1-888-769-5263 [888-ROWLAND] or by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  You can also get great information about Ohio’s tough drunk driving laws at www.DaytonDUI.com or on the Ohio DUI/OVI Blog at www.DaytonDUI.com/blog.  Charles Rowland says, “All I do is DUI defense.”