Category Archives: DUI & Boating

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Ohio DUI Laws: An Overview

This post collects together in one place many of the Ohio DUI Laws that arise in drunk driving cases.   Some Ohio DUI laws are listed because law enforcement will charge these offenses to establish probable cause for pulling over your vehicle.  If you need to find out more about a specific law, or how…
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DUI & The Ohio Boater Freedom Act

On July 11, Ohio signed HB 29 the "Boater Freedom Act."  House Bill 29 specifies that the state’s law enforcement personnel may only stop a vessel if they have reasonable suspicion that the vessel or vessel’s operator are in violation of marine law or otherwise engaged in criminal activity. Currently, a boater on Lake Erie…
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DUI on the Water and the Return of Boating Season

With the return of the summer boating season, many people will soon be enjoying Ohio's beautiful lakes and rivers.  This is a reminder that Ohio is cracking down on captains who indulge in alcohol while on the water.  Boating Under the Influence is illegal in Ohio. 2001 Sub. S.B. 123, eff. 1-1-04 sought to unify the drunk…
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R.C. 4511.181, Prior Convictions

Ohio Revised Code 4511.181 sets forth the law of prior convictions in Ohio.  It states that "equivalent offenses" can include: A state OVI under 4511.19(A); A state OVUAC offense under 4511.19(B); [often referred to as a "baby" DUI or an "juvenile" DUI] A violation of a municipal OVI ordinance; Involuntary manslaughter due to impairment, R.C.…
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Reckless Operation in Ohio: What is the Law?

RECKLESS OPERATION: What is the law? Reckless operation in Ohio can constitute any number of offenses within the Ohio Revised Code dealing with operation of a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard to persons or property.  Commonly, reckless operation is charged under O.R.C. 4511.20 (all codes sections are set forth below).  There is a separate…
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