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Ohio DUI Laws: An Overview

ohio dui lawsThis 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 the statute has been interpreted or applied, call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or read about the specific Ohio DUI law at the Ohio [Read the full post. . .]

DUI & The Ohio Boater Freedom Act

Sunset over Lake Erie from Voinovich Park

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 may be stopped by a state watercraft officer, local marine patrol, or the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct a safety check, sometimes multiple times in [Read the full post. . .]

DUI on the Water and the Return of Boating Season

Slalom skier

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 driving provisions with Ohio’s boating laws.   O.R.C. 1547.11(A)(1)  to O.R.C. 1547.11(A)(6) prohibit a person from operating or being in physical control of a [Read the full post. . .]

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:

  1. A state OVI under 4511.19(A);
  2. A state OVUAC offense under 4511.19(B); [often referred to as a "baby" DUI or an "juvenile" DUI]
  3. A violation of a municipal OVI ordinance;
  4. Involuntary manslaughter due to impairment, R.C. 2903.04(D);
  5. Aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter due to impairment, R.C. 2903.06(A)(1);
  6. Aggravated assault due to impaired driving, R.C.
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Reckless Operation in Ohio: What is the Law?

RECKLESS OPERATION: What is the law?

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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 O.R.C. section dealing with reckless operation while off-road (O.R.C. 4511.201) and while on a watercraft (O.R.C. 1547.07).  O.R.C. 4511.202 is Ohio’s [Read the full post. . .]