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No, A Physical Control Does Not Count As A “Prior Offense”

We get this Physical Control Question Quite a Bit! A physical control conviction (R.C. 4511.194) does not count as a "prior offense" for purposes of enhancing a subsequent OVI (drunk driving) charge.  This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute.  R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions.  It…
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Traffic Fatalities In Ohio On The Rise

As of Sunday, there were 665 traffic fatalities in Ohio. By mid-August 2014, there were 571 confirmed fatalities due to traffic crashes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This trend is happening all over the country. According to the National Safety Council, the United States had a 14 percent spike in traffic fatalities during the first…
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New Restrictions For Juvenile Drivers In Ohio Begins Today

Beginning July 1, 2015, juvenile drivers issued a probationary license will face restrictions on when they can drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car while driving based on experience instead of age. This change is a result of Ohio’s Drive Toward a Safer Ohio Initiative and is an effort to increase the…
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State Patrol Seat Belt Law Campaign: What Is The Seatbelt Law?

Troopers Will Ticket You For Seat Belt Law Violations Starting Monday! On Monday (May 18, 2015) the Ohio State Highway Patrol will begin a seat belt law enforcement blitz targeting drivers and passengers who are not buckled up. The seat belt crackdown is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign. What makes this an…
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What is a Physical Control Violation? Is It Better Than An OVI?

Why should I consider a reduction to Physical Control? While a “physical control” conviction (O.R.C. 4511.194)  is similar to an OVI conviction (O.R.C. 4511.19) in that both are alcohol-related first degree misdemeanors, the PC conviction does not carry mandatory minimum penalties. In fact, a court may give proportionally lighter penalties due to the fact that…
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