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Top Ten Rules for Partying in Ohio

March 31st, 2014

In light of the arrest made following the University of Dayton’s victory, we offer college students these rules for partying (legally) in Ohio.

Rule #1: Don’t Drink and Drive

Ohio has some of the most stringent drunk driving laws in the county.  A first-time offender faces 180 days in jail and a one thousand seventy-five dollar fine, loss of their driver’s license for up to three years and enhanced penalties upon subsequent convictions.  A DUI (called an OVI in Ohio) is not subject to expungement, meaning it will be on your record forever, and subjects an offender to a six (6) year look-back period for enhancements and up to twenty (20) years for enhanced punishments for refusing an officer’s request to provide a breath, blood or urine sample.  In addition to the penalties you will face in court, you may face suspension from your school or other discipline. (Ohio Revised Code 4511.19)

Rule #2: Don’t Drink If You Are Under 21

It is illegal in Ohio for anyone under 21 to purchase, possess or consume an alcoholic beverage.  A conviction of Underage Consumption is a first degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $1,000.00 and/or up to six months in jail.  Despite efforts to lower the drinking age, the law remains rigidly enforced.  Athletes, students on scholarship and students who live in on-campus housing may face additional harsh penalties for underage drinking and be particularly vulnerable to the penalties that are sure to follow an arrest.  Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.69 contains most of the information concerning underage alcohol possession and use. Penalties are in Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.99.

Rule #3: Don’t Furnish Alcohol to Minors

Furnishing someone under 21 with alcohol is a first degree misdemeanor.  If you are providing the alcohol, make sure you know where it is going.  You may be responsible if an underage person consumes the alcohol and face harsh punishments.  Ohio regularly receives funding for programs aimed at curbing underage drinking and uses these funds to go after people providing the booze.  The bigger your party the more likely it is to draw attention from law enforcement.

Rule #4: Don’t Use a Fake ID

Just possessing  a fake ID is illegal in Ohio and is classified as a first degree misdemeanor.  Using the fake ID to purchase alcohol is punished by a mandatory $250.00 fine and may result in a 3 year driver’s license suspension.  A popular enforcement method is for police officers to serve as vendors in drive-through establishments:  “COPS IN SHOPS”

Rule #5: Don’t Drink Where You Shouldn’t

Ohio has an open container law.  It is a minor misdemeanor to possess in public an open container of an alcoholic beverage.  You are subject to a fine of up to $150.00 (a minor misdemeanor).  Possession of alcohol while in a car bumps the charge up to a fourth degree misdemeanor and subjects the offender to 30 days in jail. 4301.62 Opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor prohibited at certain premises.

Rule #6: Don’t Be Drunk In or Near a Car

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4511.194 (effective Jan. 1, 2005), it is illegal to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. “Physical Control” is defined as being in the driver’s seat of a car and having possession of the vehicle’s keys.  Physical Control does not require that the vehicle have ever been driven or even started.  Under the statute, having the keys within reach will satisfy the definition of having “physical control.”   The crime is one of potentiality, (i.e. you are so close to driving that we will punish you) and speaks to the growing neo-prohibitionist tendencies in Ohio law.

Rule #7:  Don’t Be Disorderly

Disorderly conduct can occur from simply being intoxicated in public.  Officers are given a great deal of discretion in determining what constitutes disorderly behavior.  Disorderly conduct occurs when one recklessly causes inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to another due to offensive conduct. Disorderly conduct also occurs when one makes unreasonable noise in such a manner as to violate the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or to be detrimental to the life and health of any individual.  While normally a minor misdemeanor ($150.00 fine) a disorderly conduct can be enhanced to a fourth degree misdemeanor (30 days jail/$250 fine) if an officer tells you to stop the behavior and you persist. See O.R.C. 2917.11 Disorderly Conduct.

Rule #8: Don’t burn stuff

Intentionally setting fire to property that might endanger other or their property, in fact damages the property of another and/or preventing police, fire or EMS personnel from doing their job is a violation of O.R.C. 2909.01 to 2909.0.  Students at public universities in Ohio who are found guilty of these crimes will lose all state-funded financial aid for two years.

Rule #9: Disperse When Instructed

Failure to disperse is also a crime in Ohio.  You should begin walking away and/or go indoors upon such an order. You must obey all lawful orders given by such persons at an emergency site.  A recent revision in the law makes a failure to disperse in situations such as campus area riots an offense for which you can be arrested and jailed. If you actively hamper police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and other public officials while they are doing their jobs you subject yourself to the charge of Misconduct During An Emergency.

Rule #10 Don’t Riot

The party is getting out of control.  If more than five people are engaging in disorderly behavior the party may be deemed a riot under Ohio law.  Your participation in a riot may subject you to criminal penalties. If there is violence involved the rioting gets bumped up to aggravated rioting.  Aggravated rioting is a felony level offense.  Those found guilty of rioting and aggravated rioting must be dismissed from their university and are not permitted to enroll in any state-supported institution of higher education for one year.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, Beavercreek, and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Centerville DUI – Ohio DUI – OVI Blog

February 19th, 2014

Centerville DUIIf you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Centerville, your Centerville DUI will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court.  Presiding over all Centerville misdemeanor DUI cases in the Kettering Municipal Court is the Honorable Robert L. Moore and the Honorable Thomas Hanna. Small claims are heard by Richard Boucher, attorney-at-law. The elected Clerk of Courts is Andrea White.  Here is some useful contact information:

Kettering Municipal Court
2325 Wilmington Pike
Kettering OH 45420
www.ketteringmunicipalcourt.org
(937) 296-2466
(937) 296-3284 (Fax)

Clerk of Courts
(937) 296-2461
(937) 534-7017 (Fax)

Open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30PM

For a listing of important links about Centerville and the Miami Valley, please visit HERE.

The Centerville DUI law firm of Babb & Rowland  has proudly represented the accused drunk driver in the Kettering Municipal Court since 1995.  You can find us on the web at www.CentervilleDUI.com, www.KetteringOVI.com, and www.MoraineDUI.com.  According to AVVO, Charles M. Rowland II is the only Superb 10/10 rated attorney who devotes 100% of his practice to drunk driving defense in Kettering and Centerville.  He has also been featured in Car & Driver and Time Magazine for excellence in the field of DUI defense.  

The Centerville DUI law firm of Babb & Rowland and Centerville OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your 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 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 emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Our Centerville DUI Law firm offers city-specific DUI information at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville 

 

Miami Valley Municipal Court Finder (by Dayton DUI)

October 30th, 2012

If you are arrested for OVI in the Miami Valley, your case will most likely be heard in a municipal court.  Click on the below links to access the municipal court’s web site .  If you need to find a qualified OVI attorney, check out www.DaytonDUI.com or contact Charles M. Rowland II HERE.

Montgomery County Municipal Courts

Greene County Municipal Courts

Clark County Municipal Court (covering all of Clark County, Ohio)

Miami County Municipal Court (covering all of Miami County, Ohio)

Preble County Municipal Court (covering all of Preble County, Ohio)

Shelby County Municipal Court (covering all of Shelby County, Ohio)

Warren County Municipal Courts

Arrested for OVI in Centerville, Ohio?

August 24th, 2012

If you are arrested for OVI in Centerville, Ohio your case will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court.  The Kettering Municipal Court provides justice services for the communities of Centerville, Kettering, Moraine and Washington Township. The Kettering Municipal Court is located at 2325 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, Ohio 45420.  You can reach the Kettering Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at (937) 296-2461.  The Kettering Municipal Court’s web site is HERE.  You can get directions to the Kettering Municipal Court by clicking HERE.  You can reach the Centerville Police Department (155 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville, Ohio 45458) at 937-433-7661 or by fax at (937) 433-0735.  The Centerville Police Department office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Visit the Centerville Police Department web site HERE.

If you or a loved one are accused of drunk driving in Centerville, Ohio, CONTACT Centerville OVI attorney Charles M. Rowland II for a free consultation at (937) 318-1DUI (318-1384), or visit www.DaytonDUI.com, www.KetteringDUI.com or www.CentervilleDUI.com. Charles Rowland regularly appears in the Kettering Municipal Court and has worked hard to earn the experience and credentials necessary to defend your Centerville OVI case.  To learn more, check out “How to Hire a DUI Attorney.”


Case Look-Up Information in the Kettering Municipal Court

May 11th, 2012
Official seal of Kettering, Ohio

If you have been arrested for OVI in Centerville, Kettering, Moraine or Washington Township, your misdemeanor OVI case will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court.  If you need to find information about a case in the Kettering Municipal Court you can search HERE for case information/case look-up,  or visit the court’s web site HERE.

Charles M. Rowland II has represented the accused drunk driver in the Kettering Municipal Court for over fifteen years.  Charles Rowland dedicates his practice to OVI law and has some of the most impressive credentials for OVI attorneys in the state of Ohio.  If you find yourself in need of criminal representation in the Kettering Municipal Court, contact Dayton DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II today!

You can reach Charles Rowland 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 www.DaytonDUI.com, www.KetteringDUI.com or www.CentervilleDUI.com.