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Dayton DUI Blog Among The Best Legal Blogs

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I am proud and humbled to announce that the Dayton DUI blog has been chosen for inclusion amongst the best legal blogs in the country by the Expert Institute. Now that we have been nominated, we need your help.

Dayton DUI BlogIf you have been a frequent reader of the Dayton DUI blog, visit and vote for me. The Dayton DUI blog is in the “Criminal Law” category. As of this posting we are currently tied for fifth. While it is awesome just to be nominated, I have to admit it would be even better to win.

The Dayton DUI blog was one of the first blogs in Ohio covering only DUI. Consistent with our motto, “All I do is DUI defense.”  This is the third time we have been recognized by the Expert Institute.  Once the blog gets recognized, it is up to you.

Vote for us! If you are so inclined, please consider giving us a vote.



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Beer Law: Nothing Is Certain But Beer And Taxes

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Beer Law Update!

According to the industry advocacy group Beer Institute, on average, more than 40 percent of what Americas pay goes toward federal, state and local taxes. You pay excise to consumption to sales taxes, as well as the normal business taxes. That makes taxes the most expensive ingredient. In addition, the U.S. beer industry contributes nearly $253 billion to our economy. Beer supports 1.75 million American jobs.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 2903/S. 1562) was introduced in the 114th Congress. It is sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI). The provisions of the bill provide fair, equitable and comprehensive reform of the federal excise tax for all brewers and beer importers. The beer law would make access to craft brews a nationwide reality.

What Does The Law Do?

Notably, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act:

  • Reduces the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually;
  • Reduces the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers; and
  • Keeps the excise tax at the current $18 per barrel rate for barrelage over 6 million.In addition to the excise tax adjustments offered in the bill.

Today there are more than 3,300 breweries in the United States. More than 90 percent of all federally-permitted brewers produce fewer than 7,143 barrels annually, meeting the definition of a small brewer set by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Many of those small brewers are brewpubs, which are restaurants with brewing operations designed to sell locally.  Research shows that the tax burden borne by beer drinkers is more than 68 percent higher than for the average purchase made in the U.S.

Stay informed about beer law and the craft beer movement. This information is important. Some shrill and uninformed voices want beer to be as restricted as possible. Their goal is a return to prohibition. In addition, they vote! Do your part and support responsible drinkers. In addition, support your local brewers. Dayton is poised to lead this movement. Drink beer and be happy (and support your local economy). 

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Are You The Best DUI Attorney? Here Is My CV…

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best dui attorneyAre You The Best DUI Attorney?

Someone called my office the other day and demanded an answer. “I want the best DUI attorney, Is that you?” Believe it or not, I have encountered this question a few times. I always answer by saying, “I have experience, credentials and a great track record, but you should sit down with me and see if I’m right for you.”  The truth is that you have to choose an attorney who is qualified.  Once they pass that test, you have to judge them on a more intuitive level. Do you like them? Has their staff treated you well? Can you get to their office easily? Does the attorney answer your questions? How much will you pay?

What Do You Think?

All of these factors musts be taken into account. I may be the best attorney on paper, but if you do not believe you can put your full faith and trust in me, you should consider another attorney. So where does that leave us? I hope that after reviewing my credentials you will call my office and sit down with me for a free consultation.  If this article raises any questions, please contact me and I’ll do my best to give you an answer.

As always, thanks for taking the time to review DaytonDUI and all of the hard work I have put into becoming the best DUI attorney I can be. Remember my motto, “All I do is DUI defense.” (BTW, I have no idea how the indentations will turn out below!)



Charles M. Rowland II, Esq.

2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324, (937) 318-1384, toll-free 888-769-5263


Accomplished trial attorney with over 20 years of experience seeking an epic third act.


Babb & Rowland, LLC, 2005-present

Managing partner of a small law firm with a diverse suburban practice. I limit my practice to criminal litigation and drunk driving defense.

1st attorney in Ohio certified on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine

1st attorney in Ohio to earn Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification

1st attorney in Ohio trained in Drug Recognition Expert protocol

Completed Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training

Completed certification on the BAC DataMaster breath test machine

Founding member, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

Founding member, DUI Defense Lawyers Association

Fellow to the American Bar Foundation

Fellow to the Ohio State Bar Foundation

President, Greene County Bar Association

National College for DUI Defense

Author/editor: Anderson’s Ohio Civil Practice, 2008 ed.

Author of the DaytonDUI blog, 18,000+ articles related to criminal defense

Frequent lecturer and presenter on topics related to criminal defense


City Prosecutor, 1999-2000

Served as acting prosecutor and acting law director at the Xenia Municipal Court. Handled all aspects of the criminal docket including trials, appeals, office management and long-term planning.


Cox, Keller & Rowland, 1995-2005

Handled all aspects of complex civil litigation focusing on construction law and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, criminal, family, juvenile and personal injury.

Babb & Rowland, 2005-present

Managing partner of one of the Miami Valley’s premier legal teams. We dedicate each day to becoming the leading attorneys in our field.




Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1995

        H.E. Ashcroft Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Order of the Barristers, Ohio Northern Moot Court Executive Board, Associate Justice.

Top 25% of graduating class, Visiting Scholar, University College London, Bentham Faculty of Laws, London, United Kingdom


Wright State University, B.A. Political Science, 1992                

University Honors Scholar, Honors in Political Science, Magnum Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honors, Minor in Sociology: Concentration in Criminal Justice

University Honors Scholar, Political Science Departmental Honors Academic Letter Award for excellence in Mock Trial Competitions, Student Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China


 Beavercreek City Board of Education, 2002- 2008

          Elected twice to serve a four-year term administering an “Excellent” school district. Co-recipient of the 2006 Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Education Award.

 TCN-BHS (Greene County’s Mental Health Provider), 1999- 2007

Worked with the Eastern Miami Valley ADMHS Board and the Greene County Commission to assure   proper services for mental health patients in Greene County. 2004 Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award.

Greene County Police Academy, 2008-present

Teach a twice-yearly portion of the police academy wherein cadets are subjected to a live mock trial and intensive cross-examination.

Greene County Transit Board, 2015-present

Provide safe, reliable, and accessible public transportation for the residents of Greene County with special attention to those who are transportation disadvantaged in coordination with agencies, organizations, businesses, and local  governments.

 Wright State University, adjunct professor, 2008

Served as an adjunct professor for the University Honors Department teaching introductory political science in conjunction with the 2008 Presidential election.

Writer and Presenter

Authored and co-edited the 2008-2009 edition of Anderson’s Ohio Civil Practice

Authored over 18,000+ articles for the DaytonDUI blog. The blog has been  included in the prestigious American Bar Association Journal and

Frequent speaker to groups including: Ohio NORML, Miami Valley NORML, Ohio Northern University (Debate on Heroin), St. Luke’s Catholic Parish (Debate on Death Penalty), Ohio Crime Club, Ohio Municipal and Prosecuting Attorneys

(Intoxilyzer 8000 Implementation), Dayton Bar Association, Greene County Bar Association, WHIO radio (regularly appeared on the “Brews Brothers” show to talk DUI law).


Clubs and Activities

Honorable Kentucky Colonels, Free & Accepted Masons, (Dayton Lodge 147),  Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, (Valley of Dayton)


I hope that reviewing my credentials I pass the “best DUI attorney” test for you. Thanks for considering me. 


Marijuana OVI Discussed At Ohio Municipal League

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marijuana oviMarijuana OVI Discussed At Ohio Municipal League

Marijuana OVI, driving while high on cannabis, was a topic for debate at the August 5th meeting of the Ohio Municipal League.

I joined Rob Ryan, (Ohio Patients Network, Ohio NORML), Dr. Al Staubus (leading expert and toxicologist), Tim Johnson (former police officer and Drug Recognition Expert) on a panel to address the implementation of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law and how that law will impact OVI.  Rob Ryan led the talk. He took the audience through the history of cannabis regulation in Ohio.  The most important point was that marijuana IS NOT a substance that impairs driving. Yes, an inexperienced user coupled with an inexperienced driver can have problems.  Just as oxycontin, cannabis is a medication that, if regularly used, will not impact on the ability to drive a car.  In addition, Rob laid out the impact of legalization of marijuana in Colorado. The statistics do not show a dramatic rise in fatalities due to marijuana use.

Metabolites Do Not Equal Impairment

Dr. Staubus spoke about the “status” crime of using marijuana. For instance, the current law allows for a conviction for marijuana OVI if the offender is found to have metabolites of marijuana in their system. This harkens back to the days of Reefer Madness when the mere use of the drug was enough to send you to prison.  Metabolites in you blood have no correlation to impairment.  Metabolites in your blood do not equate to impairment.  If this part of the law is not remedied, every person who uses medical marijuana will be guilty of OVI every time they get in their car.  This has to be fixed!

Former police officer Tim Johnson talked about the current Drug Recognition Protocol and how easy it is for a police officer to use that tool to convict an innocent person.  He spoke to the issues of how our marijuana enforcement is not in keeping with how law enforcement officers should enforce the laws. The audience was seemed sympathetic to the needs of medical marijuana patients. They also seemed frustrated at how the legislature and/or the Marijuana Control Commission has yet to provide leadership on how to implement this law. How will this all shake out? It will be an interesting few years in Ohio. In addition, will full legalization make all these points moot? Again, we will have to wait and see.

Questions about Marijuana OVI? I can help!

I would like to thank Rob Ryan, Dr. Staubus and Tim Johnson for the opportunity to be on a panel with them. I was proud to represent OVI attorneys.  As you know, I am 100% dedicated to OVI defense. Finally, I would also invite you to follow this page for continuing updates on Marijuana OVI issues.  If you have any questions, please contact my office at (937) 318-1384 or my 24 hour number at (937) 776-2671.



Reviewed & Experienced DUI Attorney

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dui experienceDefense of an Ohio DUI or alcohol-related charge can be challenging. The main witnesses against you are the police. There is scientific evidence from the breath test, blood test or urine test that is presented against you.  Ohio has set strict limits on the ways the chemical tests can be attacked.  Your attorney will need to be familiar with the defenses and be skilled enough to present those to a judge or jury.  Often, a video tape of the arrest will be bolstered by the police officer’s testimony.  Your performance on the standardized field sobriety tests may be damaging to your case. The potential for devastating consequences also exists in all DUI cases: loss of freedom, loss of license, loss of job, and the lasting stigma of a criminal conviction. Your best chance at winning your case is to hire an attorney with the experience and skill necessary to win.

I focus my practice exclusively on defending those accused of misdemeanor and felony OVI offenses.  I have obtained certification on the BAC DataMaster, the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machines and I have been certified in forensic sobriety assessmet and drug recognition protocol.  Do you want training? I have received the same training in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests as law enforcement officers and I have lectured on these topics, teaching the same skills to other attorneys. I also volunteer my time to the Greene County Police Academy, twice a year conducting a DUI mock trial for training purposes. I also participate in leading national groups who are at the cutting edge of DUI defense. These groups include the National College for DUI Defense, The DUI Defense Lawyers Association, The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation and various Bar Associations. I have been designated a Super Lawyer for DUI defense. I have been nationally recognized for my work and I have received a perfect 10/10 from AVVO since 2006. I have the experience and skills necessary to win your case.

Here are some of the testimonials I have received.


Great service from a great man!!

  • Didn’t make empty promises
  • No hidden costs
  • I was able to complete my immigration process

I got into trouble (DUI) early in December 2015 and had a very high blood alcohol level and operated the vehicle without a license ( I’m a foreigner ) busy with my immigration process and this was very bad for me!! I was in trouble big trouble until I went online and had Charles represent me!! From the start he was straight forward and giving it to me the way it is!! He didn’t make empty promises and there was no hidden costs or anything like that!! Charles got my charges down to what is needed for me to be able to continue my immigration process into this great country!! Thanks Charles for everything you are truly a great man and if anyone ever have any trouble I would for sure recommend Mr Rowland !!




  • Very professional
  • Couldn’t be happier

Mr Rowland was very professional and got the job done in a very timely manner! I couldn’t be happier with everything he has done for me. I would highly recommend Mr, Rowland!



The outcome I needed!

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • Reduced to reckless operation after positive breath test
  • Saved me hundreds, if not thousands in court fees
  • He knows what he’s doing

Mr. Rowland and his knowledgeable, prepared team got the job done. He was able to get my OVI charge reduced to a reckless operation after a positive breath test. This not only keeps an OVI off my record, but saved me hundreds If not thousands of dollars in fees, court costs, license reinstatement charges, etc. It is apparent through my work with him that he knows what he is doing when it comes to helping clients face these charges, and that it is critical to have someone with his knowledge and relationships working on your behalf. He comes with my highest recommendation.




  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • Professional and Honest
  • No points or DUI are going on my record
  • It probably saved my job

Would definitely recommend Mr.Rowland. He’s awesome, professional, and honest. My DUI was amended to a physical control, no points or DUI are going to be on my record, saving my position at work, and thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. I witnessed Mr. Rowland having a good working relationship with the ppl, staff, other attorneys, probation dept. at the court where my hearing was held, so I can only assume he does at other courts too.
A lil bit pricy..but it’s not horrible, and totally worth it. I wish I could’ve had somebody like him for my divorce!!!


Saved my job, best around

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • My test was over the limit
  • He got my charge knocked down to a reckless operation
  • It probably saved my job

I had a test that was over the limit and he got my charge knocked down to a reckless operation. It probably saved my job and saved me alot of money.


Helped my son

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • I “liked” his Facebook page because of the interesting and informative content
  • He was the first attorney to come to mind when my son got a DUI
  • Without his personal representation things would not have worked out as well as they did
  • Do yourself a favor and add him to your contacts

I first learned of Mr. Rowland and his practice through his DaytonDUI FaceBook site and decided to “Like” it because of the interesting and informative content… I am very grateful for my decision because when my son had an uncharacteristic lapse of judgment and got into trouble Mr. Rowland was the first attorney that came to mind. I can say a lot about how considerate, knowledgeable, and professional Mr. Rowland was while representing my son, but I will just say that I believe that without his personal representation things would not have worked out as well as they did. Everyone makes mistakes, know your rights and know who to call if you or a loved one finds themselves in need of a great attorney. I will always confidently refer the services of Mr. Rowland for anyone who needs help and I will always be grateful to him for helping and guiding my family through a very tough ordeal. Do yourself a favor and add him to your contacts…


One of the best lawyers in Dayton! Hire him

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • He helped my husband with a DUS (driving under suspension)
  • He knew exactly what he was doing and up for the challenge
  • His knowledge and abilities shows dedication & hard work
  • He helped my husband stay out of jail and keep his license

Charles Rowland helped my husband very recently with a case that involved a long past of DUS (driving under suspensions). Charles Rowland worked very hard to help my husband stay out of jail and he got to keep his license. This whole nightmare is over finally! Charles is very personable and confident with his cases. I felt like he knew exactly what he was doing and was up for any challenge. His knowledge and abilities shows dedication and hard work. I would recommend him for any defense case, he is very persuasive.


Best DUI attorney around

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • My friend recommended him to me who had used his services
  • He said he would take care of it…and he did!
  • His secretary is super helpful and knowledgeable

Mr. Rowland was recommended to me by a friend who had used his services. I was so worried about the trouble I was in, but Mr. Rowland assured me that he would take care of it… and he did! Even gave me his after-hours number, if I needed it. He made me feel like a real person rather than “just a client”. His secretary is super helpful and knowledgeable – which is great when Mr. Rowland isn’t available to answer my questions. I am SO happy I hired Mr. Rowland!


Best DUI lawyer in the state

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • He is extremely knowledgeable
  • He cares deeply for his clients
  • He makes sure his clients are treated fairly

Charlie is the best DUI Lawyer in the state of Ohio. He is extremely knowledgable and also cares deeply for his clients and makes sure they’re treated fairly.


Highly recommend

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • I wanted a good lawyer so I could beat this case
  • He definitely knows what he’s doing
  • He got my DUI dropped… I almost couldn’t believe it

I’m a recent college graduate who just started looking for a job and happened to get pulled over at the wrong time. Thought i did well on my test and i blew twice the limit. I wanted a good lawyer so i could beat this case and i couldn’t of chose a better lawyer than Mr. Rowland. A very very friendly down to earth person and he definitely knows what he’s doing. He was able to get my DUI dropped and i almost couldn’t believe it. Anyways i highly recommend Mr Rowland if you are in the same position i was in.


What a blessing

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • Mr. Rowland did an excellent job in getting my life back in order
  • I was reassured that he would be there every step of the way, no substitute attorney
  • My OVI was taken care of to my satisfaction.  He did that and more.

I made a big mistake and Mr. Rowland did an excellent job in getting my life back in order. Nobody wants to ever be charged with an OVI. I was and it was the scariest thing I had ever felt. I was reassured by Mr. Rowland that he would be there every step of the way, no substitute attorney, and get it all taken care of to my satisfaction. He did that and more. His staff was especially helpful too. I would recommend this Attorney for anyone going through this situation.


Mr. Rowland is an AMAZING lawyer and GREAT at what he does!

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • He told me he worked for me and would do what I wanted him to do.
  • I was offered deals I did not like, each time he got me a better deal until he finally got me off all together!
  • I did not have to go to jail or have house arrest!
  • Most other attorneys would have talked me into taking the first plea bargain.

I hired Mr. Rowland as a defense attorney for a DUI. Before hiring him I read his website and liked what I saw. I set up a consultation and was really impressed by what he had to say. I had received several solicitations in the mail from other attorneys looking to represent me but I didnt care for that. I hired Mr. Rowland and from the start he told me to remember that he is working for me and will do what I want him do.

At the pre trial I was offered something that I did not like. Mr. Rowland told me he would like to talk to them more personally so we could possibly get a better deal. I also wanted a better deal. We moved forward with case and went for a motion to suppress. I met Mr. Rowland a little before the hearing and they had offered me a much less jail time and some house arrest. I liked the deal much better as I would not be spending so much time in jail. Mr. Rowland again informed me that he was working for me and he explained the other options I had available, which would going to a jury trial. Mr. Rowland then told me to wait a few minutes, he is going to see if he can get an even better deal. After about 10 minutes he walks out with a smile on his face and tells me that I am not being convicted of a dui anymore!

I could not believe it! Mr. Rowland went over every single detail in the report, he went through everything and found something in there that prevented them from convicting me. I did not have to go to jail and I did not get any house arrest. It may not seem like a big deal but it was a mandatory 20 days in jail if convicted.

I can not thank him enough for his help! It is obvious that he has spent a very long time learning everything there is to know about dui defense. I know I could not have done it without him and most other attorneys would have talked me into taking the plea bargain.


Excellent attorney and great person

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • I was in some serious trouble and he helped me out emmensley!!!
  • He genuinely cares about his clients!

Charles Rowland is an excellent attorney.  I was in some serious trouble and he helped me out emmensley!!! He is not only a great attorney but a good person in general.  He had a great deal in changing my life for the better and keeping me out of future trouble.  I would recommend him and refer to anyone.  He is very good at his job and genuinely cares about his clients!  There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to him.  I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to someone who has not only helped out legally but has also played a big part in changing my life thank you very much Mr. Rowland.  Sincerely, A Grateful Client


Outstanding work! Saved my career!

  • I recommend Charles Rowland
  • He was the only one who seemed to just do DUIs
  • He challenged the ticket & got the charge reduced
  • What a relief!!!!

Everything was on the line for me after I was charged based on the sensitive nature of my work. I researched a number of criminal defense/ ovi attorneys. Charles was the only one who seemed to just do DUIs. I can’t tell you how pleased I was with the service and the result in my case. Charles challenged the ticket at a number of levels and was able to reduce the charge to something that didn’t cost me my job or my freedom. What a relief!!!!