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Alcohol Influence Report – OVI Trial Strategy

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The Alcohol Influence Report is a document prepared by the arresting officer noting each and every indicator for alcohol impairment that they took note of in their investigation. Most of the forms require that the officer simply check the predetermined indicator. Not surprisingly, all the officer’s observations fall neatly into these predetermined areas. The report is a document of the officers opinions and should not be considered routine ministerial reports of a non-adversarial nature. Clearly, letting the jury have this document as evidence to review in the jury room would be prejudicial to an OVI defense.

You need an attorney who can stop bad information from coming in. Here is one way to keep out the Alcohol Influence Report.

Evidence Rule 803(8) excludes the alcohol influence report from evidence. It states, in pertinent part:


(8) Public records and reports. Records, reports, statements, or data compilations, in any form, of public offices or agencies, setting forth (a) the activities of the office or agency, or (b) matters observed pursuant to duty imposed by law as to which matters there was a duty to report, excluding, however, in criminal cases matters observed by police officers and other law enforcement personnel, unless offered by defendant, unless the sources of information or other circumstances indicate lack of trustworthiness.

Courts have found that admissions of the forms is reversible error. State v. Joyce, 1998 WL 315913 (Ohio Ct. App. 1st Dist. Hamilton County 1998); State v. Weaver, 1985 WL 4343 (Ohio Ct. App. 10th Dist. Franklin County 1985); State v. Nightwine, 1982 WL 6042 (Ohio Ct. App. 12th Dist. Preble County 1982). See also Ohio DUI Law, Weiler & Weiler 2013-2014 ed. at 439.

In need of an experienced and credentialed OVI attorney, contact Charles M. Rowland II (DaytonDUI) at (937) 318-1384.

An Overview Of The OVI Process From Beginning To End

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In this video, we walk you through the typical OVI process.


Following an OVI arrest, you will attend your ARRAIGNMENT. This hearing is designed to allow you to enter a plea. No doubt, you will have considered getting an attorney. We offer a free consultation. Furthermore, I make myself available immediately. If you have an attorney at this point, you may not have to attend this hearing. If you hire me, we file paperwork with the court. This paperwork will tell the court you have an attorney. In addition, we file other important papers to protect your rights.  One of the documents we file is a request for a pre-trial.

After your arraignment, we will take steps to get your DRIVING PRIVILEGES back. Often, not being able to drive is the worst part of the OVI process. After the passage of a number of days, you will be granted privileges to drive. Most of our clients say that getting back to driving is like getting their life back.  Depending on the court, you may wait a few weeks to a couple of months to attend your pre-trial.


Plea bargaining, plea negotiation, PRE-TRIAL – they are all the same thing. Your attorney will go into a room and meet with the prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor represents the government. Most of the time, you will not be in the room. It is very uncommon for the arresting police officer to attend a pre-trial.  The result of the pre-trial is an OFFER.  You and your attorney will discuss what the offer means and whether or not you should accept the government’s resolution.  This is the most important decision you will make in your case.


If the offer is not acceptable, you will file a MOTION TO SUPPRESS. At the motion, you will have a full hearing in front of the judge. The prosecutor will call the arresting officer to testify. Your attorney will have the opportunity to challenge the officer’s observations. If a chemical (breath) test was conducted, your attorney will challenge the test. You will not testify. Instead, your attorney may call an expert. All of these matters should be thoroughly discussed with your attorney prior to the hearing.


If the motion to suppress is not successful, you will have your case proceed to TRIAL.  Trials are very uncommon. Only two to five percent of all cases go to trial.  At this point it is important to have an attorney who has the experience and resources to try your case. It is important to stand up for your rights. I represent many people for OVI, but your case is the only one you will likely ever have. Therefore, it is important that you talk with me. An open line of communication is essential. Finally, know that we are a team but you are in charge.

If you need an OVI attorney, please give me a call at (937) 318-1384 or 888-ROWLAND. “All I do is DUI defense.”

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DUI Defense In “My Cousin Vinny”

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DUI defense is never far from my mind.  I was reminded of this last weekend watching one of my favorite movies, “My Cousin Vinny.” In the movie, a novice New York attorney (Joe Pesci) heads to the deep south to defend his cousin and his friend in a high-profile murder case.  He is met with a hostile judge and a pompous attorney who are hell bent on seeing the two kids put away for murder. Consequently, comedy ensues.

Because of his inexperience, Vinny has a hard time at trial. Especially relevant is his lack of understanding of criminal procedure. However, he makes a comeback. In the course of the trial the prosecutor call George Wilbur (James Rebhorn) as an expert for the State.  Vinny objects.

Vinny Gambini: I object to this witness being called at this time. We’ve been given no prior notice he’d testify. No discovery of any tests he’s conducted or reports he’s prepared. And as the court is aware, the defense is entitled to advance notice of any witness who will testify, particularly to those who will give scientific evidence, so that we can properly prepare for cross-examination, as well as to give the defense an opportunity to have the witness’s reports reviewed by a defense expert, who might then be in a position to contradict the veracity of his conclusions.

[there is a short pause as Judge Haller appears caught off-guard by Vinny’s sudden compentence with knowledge of the law]

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Mr. Gambini?

Vinny Gambini: Yes, sir?

Judge Chamberlain Haller: That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.

Vinny Gambini: Thank you, Your Honor.

Judge Chamberlain Haller: [firm tone] Overruled.

The State’s witness is the special automotive instructor of forensic studies for the FBI. He testifies that the tire marks left at the scene of the crime match the tires of the vehicle driven by Vinny’s clients.  “Same tires,” says the prosecutor. In addition to the science, the witness has all of the traditional indicia of credibility due to an outstanding education and an authoritative command of the courtroom.  The only problem with his testimony is that he is DEAD WRONG!  In the movie the kids are saved by out-of-work hairdresser Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) whose real world expertise proves that the car did not match the tire tracks left at the scene.

In DUI defense we are almost always faced with police officers and forensic experts who are clothed in the traditional indicia of credibility.  In addition, DUI defense attorneys also face a machine that the state of Ohio has exempted from scientific challenge. The only thing that our clients have going for them is us! As a result, you need to have an attorney you can depend on.

I also take pleasure in proving the machine and the State’s witnesses wrong.  It is said that DUI is the most frequently mis-charged crime in the United States.  When you can get a jury to see an error it is as dramatic as anything Hollywood can produce. Furthermore, it is a feeling that most attorneys, especially me, strive to have as much as humanly possible.  Maybe one day I will have the opportunity to deliver the opening statement that Vinny Gambini uses in the movie…

Vinny Gambini: [opening statements] Uh… everything that guy just said is bullshit… Thank you.

I dedicate my practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio. I have the credentials and the experience to win your case. You can be sure that I want to be Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact me 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 email or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  Finally, you should keep my motto in mind,  “All I do is DUI defense.”

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Dayton DUI – No Expungements

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One of the reasons I am proud to defend Dayton DUI cases, is that these cases are unduly stigmatized.  For example, if you punch someone in the nose your friends will say, “Wow, what happened?” If, however, you say you were charged with a DUI, they will say, “Oh, I’m sorry.”  It is this assumed guilt that is like no other criminal offense.  It erodes at our Constitutionally guaranteed right to be presumed innocent. What makes this presumption particularly frustrating is that DUI cases are notoriously hard for the prosecution to prove. An experienced attorney can find multiple defenses.  I look at the stop, the decision to remove you from the car, the administration of the field sobriety tests and the totality of the circumstances leading to your arrest. In addition, we apply the science. If you test, there are a myriad of ways to fight a chemical test.

The current expungement law makes choosing the right Dayton DUI attorney of paramount importance. 

Another reason to make Charles M. Rowland II, Dayton DUI, your first choice for DUI defense is that Ohio does not allow expungements in drunk driving cases.  If you make a mistake when you are a young person, the stigma of a DUI conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. In 2014, Ohio decided to expand the ability of Ohioans to apply for an expungement and get a fresh start. It was decided that DUI offenders did not deserve a break under the new law.

I have been fighting for the accused drunk driver since 1995. I have the experience and credentials necessary to fight and win your case. When you come for your free consultation, I will give you a real price and a real plan.  If you hire me, you get me at every stage of your case – not an associate. You get my 24 hour number and you get a staff that is 100% dedicated to DUI defense. Need more information? Call me at (937) 318-1384 or, to learn more, visit


OVI Attorney Ethics Rule 1.1 – Competence

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What is the first ethical rule for a OVI attorney?  It iss set forth at the American Bar Association – Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1. This is the rule regarding competence.  It states,

“A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.” 

ovi attorneyOVI cases are among the most complex because of the scientific elements of the case. As your attorney, I must be familiar with the statutory and case-made law regarding OVI. In addition I must have a working knowledge of:

  • the NHTSA standardized field sobriety testing methods,
  • the intricacies of the myriad breath testing instruments,
  • chemical testing procedures including gas chromatography and
  • how deviation from a standardized norm, be it biological, chemical or environmental can affect a field test or a blood, breath or urine test.
  • a breadth of experience pointing him to omissions in the police investigation.
  • It is of great importance to understand the unique procedural requirements of a DUI case and the coordination of a cadre of potential expert witnesses.  It requires training, experience and sustained study to master.

Frequently, an attorney devotes a major portion of his or her practice to OVI defense.  My motto is, “All I do is DUI defense.”  I received a great deal of  advanced training.  I trained in the NHTSA Student Manual, the ARIDE program, the Drug Recognition Expert protocol, and have achieved proficiency as a Forensic Sobriety Assessment professional. In addition, I received certification on the BAC DataMaster and the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machines.  I attend OVI specific Continuing Legal Education classes and advanced DUI seminars. While I also teach OVI seminars, I also attend workshops put on by the National College for DUI Defense , the American Association of Premier DUI and the National DUI Lawyers Association. In conclusion, I am committed to OVI defense.

My experience helps me find issues to use in your defense.  Therefore, I Do not take your case lightly.  Because the charges are so harsh, I work harder to defend your interests. Due to the severity, you should invest in an attorney who has the skill set that can give you a chance to win your OVI case. I work hard because it matters.   So, If you need such a OVI attorney, give me a call at (937) 318-1384.

Call Dayton OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland today!