Category: Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Drugged Driving Defense Requires Experience

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driving under the influence of drugsDrugged Driving – Driving under the influence of drugs is the next generation of OVI enforcement in Ohio. In 2014, 10 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. It’s hard to measure how many crashes drugged driving causes. After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to drugged driving. It has become a priority of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  Here are some studies suggesting why they are focusing on this issue.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older (or 3.9 percent of adolescents and adults) reported driving under the influence of drugs during the year prior to being surveyed. This was higher than the rate in 2011 (3.7percent). It was lower than the rate in 2002 (4.7 percent). By comparison, in 2012, an estimated 29.1 million persons (11.2 percent) reported driving under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. (This percentage has dropped since 2002, when it was 14.2 percent.)

More than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs. (source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2007 National Roadside Survey). More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs.  According to NSDUH data, men are more likely than women to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And young adults aged 18 to 25 are more likely to drive after taking drugs than other age groups.  One NHTSA study found that in 2009, 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for at least one illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drug (an increase from 13 percent in 2005).

Law enforcement from across Ohio has received specialized drugged driving training via the state’s Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) course. Officers participate in an intensive three-week course. The first two phases of the course are held locally, and the third phase takes place at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. This facility processes an average of 900 inmates per day and will provide officers the opportunity to conduct hands-on drug evaluations for all seven drug categories. “I am pleased this training is being offered to our law enforcement partners,” said Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Executive Director Karhlton Moore. “This will be an invaluable resource in our fight to curb impaired driving, as well as focus on emerging issues such as the prescription drug epidemic currently affecting so many communities across Ohio.”

I have been critical of this approach because it reinforces the mistaken belief by many in the law enforcement community that you can arrest your way out of a drug epidemic.  It funnels resources away from programs designed to help people and into programs to lock people away.  It should be no surprise to anyone that law enforcement likes this new tool.  As the old saying goes, if the only tool you have is a hammer; every problem is a nail. Law enforcement officers will use this tool to do what they are designed to do and that is make arrests.  It is up to us to question whether society is benefited by making more criminals than more recovered addicts.

Drugged Driving Attorney Charles M. Rowland II

Do you need a drugged driving attorney. I have taken courses in the Drug Recognition Expert Protocol. During my training we studied the material relied on by DREs in making arrest decisions.  In addition, I am one of the only DUI attorneys in Ohio that has received this training. I am in a great position to help you if you are charged with a drugged driving charge. Call me at (937) 318-1384 or 888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).

Springfield DUI Lawyer – Where To Find Help

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springfield dui lawyerAs a Springfield DUI Lawyer, I get to help people who are dealing with addiction issues.  To that end, we offer you this list of Clark County service providers who can help. Please follow the links to learn about services and costs.  If you need help, we can help!

(Please call me if any of these links are not working… thanks)

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Call Springfield DUI Lawyer Charles M. Rowland II Today!

Springfield DUI Lawyer Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Springfield’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Find Springfield DUI Attorney information on these city-specific links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfield DUI AttorneyKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville 

Heroin Addicts Are Treated Like Human Beings In Ohio

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heroin addiction in ohioOhio has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic.  A new University of Cincinnati study says one in five Ohio residents knows someone who is struggling with heroin. One sheriff told us that up to 80 percent of the prisoners in his county jail have drugs in their system, largely heroin.  60 Minutes took note of the ways Ohio is innovating in its judicial system to give heroin addicts a chance to avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction and access treatment.  In the interview, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine states the obvious, “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.”  In the episode you see how Ohio has established “DRUG COURTS.”  The intervention works. If a person stays drug free and follows the rules, they can walk away without a record.

The story also shows how local prosecutors have an incredible amount of discretion in choosing how to charge individuals. We hear the horror story of a person charged with 23 felonies for being an addict.  The Hardin County Prosecutor is shown as the example of a drug warrior who has no compassion or understanding for the addiction. He states, “We don’t give anybody a free pass.”

I have been involved as a Board Member of TCN-BHS, Greene County’s alcohol and drug treatment provider for the past two decades.  I have also given multiple speeches across the country about the dangers of fighting a War on Drugs.  For so long I lost hope, but stories such as this demonstrate that we can do better.  Locally, we even have drug courts that have adopted the “treatment” approach instead of continuing the “lock them up and throw away the key” mentality of the last generation. We also see around us the devastation wrought by our failed approaches.  This new awareness is leading to legislation to decriminalize and/or legalize the use of marijuana.

If you or a loved on is struggling with addiction, give me a call and we can talk about resources available in the area. If you are accused of a drug crime or a drugged driving charge, give me a call to provide you with the best possible defense.  (937) 318-1384 or 888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).



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Do Not Give Your Dog Beer!

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Do Not Give Your Dog Beer!

No matter how much you think your best friend may want to share a beer with you, it is not a good idea. Dogs have a much smaller liver and are incapable of processing alcohol. If the amount of alcohol overwhelms their liver it could be fatal. Having too much alcohol will cause a dog’s central nervous system to slow down their breathing and heart rate and can lead to a coma and death. Too much alcohol can make a dog’s blood to acidic which could lead to cardiac arrest. Disturbed kidney function, dehydration and low blood sugar could also cause your drunk dog massive problems. It is also a bad combination because by the time you notice impaired actions it may be too late. When you combine a dog’s diminished capacity to process alcohol with their smaller size, you have a recipe for disaster if your pet drinks a beer. If you see signs of impairment get your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

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Wright State Weekend OVI Intervention Program Raising Rates

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Wright State Weekend OVI Intervention Program Raising Rates

Beginning on March 1st the popular Wright State University 72 hour weekend intervention class will be raising their rates from $300.00 per session to $350.00 per session.  To find out more about the nature of the program, how to pay or what happens during the sessions, visit their website by clicking the link above or contact:

Weekend Intervention Program
6 S. Patterson Blvd., Third Floor
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 775-3050
Fax: (937) 775-2629

If you need help signing up for the program or have questions, you can also contact DaytonDUI at (937) 318-1384. “All I do is DUI defense.”