Have you ever wondered where the money goes following a vehicle forfeiture?
Does your police agency have some really cool sports cars, tricked out SUVs or ruggedly expensive off-road vehicles? Chances are they got it via Ohio’s vehicle forfeiture law. Pursuant to R.C. 4503.234(C)(1), the agency that arrested a defendant has a virtual right of first refusal on any forfeited vehicle. All they have to do is satisfy the lienholder or the innocent non-owners interest if they have protected [Read the full post. . .]
There is a traffic ticket blitz underway in Ohio and five other states. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus efforts on distracted driving enforcement statewide. The high-visibility enforcement effort begins Sunday, July 20 at 12:01 a.m. and continues through Saturday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. The 6-State Trooper Project includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police [Read the full post. . .]
The Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County, will operate a “no refusal” Dayton OVI sobriety checkpoint Saturday at 10 p.m. in the area of N. Gettysburg and Kings Highway. A judge will be standing by to issue a warrant for a forced blood draw if you refuse to give evidence against yourself in the form of a breath test. This is a newly adopted and highly controversial tactic that has [Read the full post. . .]
You may think that any person who takes an OVI breath test and blows above Ohio’s .08 legal limit is guilty of OVI. This is not the case.
Ohio employs a device called the Intoxilyzer 8000. This device has many problems in its operation. In fact, after a lengthy hearing on the Intoxilyzer 8000, a judge in Marietta ruled that the machine was not reliable [Story HERE]. Prosecutors hide behind a 1984 Ohio Supreme Court decision that said because [Read the full post. . .]
Often, the most pressing question in a DUI arrest is how to get your license back!
If you are stopped for an OVI, DUI or drunk driving and you refuse to take a chemical test (breath, blood or urine), or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the police officer can and will take your driver’s license on the spot causing your drivers license to be suspended immediately. This [Read the full post. . .]