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Vandalia OVI? Call Charlie

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Vandalia OVI?

vandalia oviHire a Vandalia OVI attorney and learn more about the court. Vandalia Municipal Court’s jurisdiction serves approximately 83.5 square miles, which includes the Cities of Vandalia, Englewood, Clayton, Union and the Townships of Harrison and Butler, located in the Montgomery County, Ohio.  The Court is located on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center at 245 James E. Bohanan Memorial Drive, Vandalia, Ohio. Hours of operation are  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The honorable Cynthia M. Heck is the elected judge of the Vandalia Municipal Court and will preside over your case.  In addition to Judge Heck, you may also appear before the Vandalia Municipal Court Magistrates: Bonnie Beaman Rice and Fred M. Izenson.

I have been going to the Vandalia Municipal Court for over twenty years. Handling cases for real people is why I went to law school.  It is why I returned to my hometown. I am grateful to all of the people who have placed their trust in me. I will continue to work hard. My motto says it all, “All I do is DUI defense.” Schedule a free consultation today. Even if you do not hire me, you will learn a lot about your case. Check out the rest of this blog for info on all OVI-related topics. 

Contact Me At (937) 318-1384

Vandalia OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in theVandalia and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your Vandalia OVI case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland 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 (here) or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on FacebookTwitter, 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.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Keywords in this article: Vandalia OVI, Vandalia OVI Alcohol Diversion Program

Ohio Medical Marijuana Law: The 20 Qualifying Conditions

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In June, Gov. John Kasich signed the Ohio Medical Marijuana Law, making Ohio the twenty-fifth state to legalize a comprehensive medical cannabis program. HB 523 provides that certain specific diseases, syndromes, disorders and ailments qualify for the program.  I have been inundated with questions about what will qualify under the law.  Here is the complete list (subject to change by regulators) that Ohio has chosen.

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS/HIV)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE, the degenerative disease most commonly found in football players and other athletes in contact sports)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain (either chronic and severe pain or intractable pain)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Any other disease or condition added by the state medical board under section 4731.302 of the Revised Code

Stay tuned to this blog for updates and changes as the law is implemented.


ohio medical marijuanaWe have also warned you that Ohio’s OVI law, as currently written, makes driving with a metabolite of marijuana a crime. Ohio is one of only six states to choose a per se limit for marijuana.  Worse yet, they have made the chemical metabolite illegal.  Why is this bad? Firstly, the metabolite cannot scientifically be an impairing substance.  It cannot breach the brain-blood barrier, thus it cannot enter the brain. Secondly, the appearance of a metabolite is in no way related to WHEN the person was impaired by cannabis.  Ohio is thereby punishing a status.

I have argued that there are at least three arguments against the current law. First, it punishes a status and not a behavior.  Second, the law is disproportionate as it applies to drivers who legally use cannabis. Third, the average woman has more body fat than the average man. The existence of the metabolite stores in fat cells. Thus, women are treated differently under the law which violated the Equal Protection clause.

If charged with violating the Ohio OVI law for use of cannabis, please give me a call to discuss the multiple ways I can help you beat the charge.  I have been a speaker, lecturer and advocate for the full legalization of cannabis for many years. I have trained as a Drug Recognition Expert. Further, I study the science of OVI impairment by marijuana and know how to defend you.  Give me a call today at (937) 318-1384 or 24/7 at (937) 776-2671.

Dayton DUI – No Expungements

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Dayton DUI

Choose Dayton DUI at (937) 318-1384

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


Fairborn DUI – Fairborn OVI?

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Fairborn DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II

If you have been arrested for OVI in Fairborn or Bath Township, your misdemeanor DUI case will be heard in the local Municipal Court, 1148 Kauffman Ave. in Fairborn, Ohio. Need to find information about a case in the Fairborn Municipal Court? Search HERE. For case information or visit the court’s web site HERE.

I am a life-long resident of Greene County.  I have represented the accused drunk driver in the Fairborn/Beavercreek Municipal Court since 1995. In addition, my office is conveniently located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

Fairborn DUIDUI law is my passion. I dedicate my practice to DUI exclusively.  I earned some of the most impressive credentials for DUI attorneys in the state of Ohio. If you find yourself in need of criminal representation in the Fairborn Municipal Court, contact me, Fairborn DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II, today! You can reach me at 937-318- 1DUI (318-1384), 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769- 5263), or 24/7 on the after-hours DUI Hotline at 937-776- 2671, by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500 or by visiting

Want more fun facts about why you should hire me for your Fairborn DUI?

  • I am a lifelong resident of Greene County, Ohio (we moved when I was three).
  • The Fairborn Muni Court suspended my license for speeding when I was 17 (twice).
  • I graduated from Wright State (in Fairborn) in 1992.
  • Worked for Mr. Nutter while the Nutter Center was under construction left for law school in 1992 – when I came back Beavercreek and Fairborn had a mall… BAM!
  • I represented Beavercreek Schools for two terms on their school board.
  • A lot of restaurants in Fairborn have DaytonDUI cups.
  • Half-owner of the beaver that sits in the Beavercreek Police Department.
  • I know all the good places to eat in Fairborn.
  • I’ll do a good job with your case.

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.