Drunk and Disorderly! The crime of disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a violation of O.R.C. 2917.11. The crime of disorderly conduct is also know, and often charged, as public intoxication. This broadly defined crime can be charged as a minor misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of $150.00 and no jail time or as a 4th degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $250.00 fine. Disorderly conduct while intoxicated can be defined as anyone [Read the full post. . .]
Controversial Jury Bill Dies In Committee
Ohio is one of 21 states that give the power to decide whether or not to have a jury trial solely to the defendant. Thus, a defendant can, at any point, decide against a jury trial and opt for a trial only to the judge. This is often done in serious OVI cases wherein a technical or scientific point is the most salient point. It is particularly apt when a defendant wants to avoid [Read the full post. . .]
Misdemeanor drunk driving charges occurring on federal lands (such as national parks and military bases) fall under the jurisdiction of the federal courts.
Established in 1803, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio handles over 400 criminal cases a year in 48 of Ohio’s 88 counties. The court has an eastern division, located in Columbus and two western divisions located in Dayton and Cincinnati. If you are arrested for a federal DUI offense in Champaign, [Read the full post. . .]
The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct an OVI checkpoint along Ohio 122 in Middletown. The checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday morning. The checkpoint will be accompanied by aggressive saturation patrols.
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When you are arrested in Ohio, the police have the discretion to release you or to hold you in a local jail. If you are released, you are given a court date and it is your responsibility to show up at the designated time and place so that your case can proceed. Failure to do so will result in an arrest warrant being issued. The time and place of your appearance appears at the bottom of your ticket. There [Read the full post. . .]