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DUI Attorney Ethics Rule 1.1 – Competence

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The first ethical rule for a DUI attorney is set forth at the American Bar Association – Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1. This is the rule regarding competence.  It states,

“A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.” 

DUI/OVI/drunk driving cases are among the most complex and specialized areas of the law.  An attorney must be familiar not only with the statutory and case-made law regarding DUI defense, but must have a working knowledge of the NHTSA standardized field sobriety testing methods, the intricacies of the myriad breath testing instruments, chemical testing procedures including gas chromatography and how deviation from a standardized norm, be it biological, chemical or environmental can affect a field test or a blood, breath or urine test.  The attorney must also have a breadth of experience pointing him to omissions in the police investigation.  It is of great importance to understand the unique procedural requirements of a DUI case and the coordination of a cadre of potential expert witnesses.  It requires training, experience and sustained study to master.

Frequently, an attorney will devote a major portion of his or her practice to DUI defense.  As I often say, “All I do is DUI defense.”  Most of us also undertake to receive advanced training.  I have been trained in the NHTSA Student Manual, the ARIDE program, the Drug Recognition Expert protocol, and have achieved proficiency as a Forensic Sobriety Assessment professional. I have further received certification on the BAC DataMaster and the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machines.  I attend DUI specific Continuing Legal Education classes and advanced DUI seminars such as those put on by the National College for DUI Defense , the American Association of Premier DUI and the National DUI Lawyers Association.

As you can see, a DUI attorney is required to recognize all of the issues in a given case.  The case is not a case that should be taken lightly.  You should invest in an attorney who has the skill set that can give you a chance to win your DUI case.  If you need such a DUI attorney, give me a call at (937) 318-1384.

Call Dayton DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland today!
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How Does Ohio Spend Federal Grant Money On OVI?

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Earlier this week I gave you a breakdown of the grant money received by Ohio in fiscal year 2015 from various federal grant programs. As you will recall the total was a whopping $18,020,292.  Of that money, $5,028,774 was received by Ohio in FY 2015 to fight OVI. This post will focus on the Section 405(d) grants that are specifically targeting impaired drivers.

Under the federal program (SAFETEA-LU), Ohio was eligible for this grant in one of two ways: More info

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St. Patrick’s Day OVI Checkpoints Are Coming – Be Prepared

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This is a reminder to sign up for the free DaytonDUI text alerts prior to the St. Patrick’s Day OVI checkpoint onslaught.  Just text DaytonDUI (one word) to 313131 and you’re all good. We have improved the service so that it remains useful and free.  We are in the process of re-re-re-inventing the DaytonDUI app agains, so stay on the lookout.  If you need the help of an attorney 24-7 please call Charlie at DaytonDUI at (937) 776-2671. During the day call (937) 318-1384 to schedule a free consultation.

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over In Full Effect!

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The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, MADD and local law enforcement agencies, is in full effect. The OVI (drunk driving) crackdown will last from now until January 1st. Below is the new ad for 2015.