If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in the City of Dayton, your misdemeanor DUI case will be heard in the Dayton Municipal Court. The Dayton Municipal Court is located at 301 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402. You can visit the Dayton Municipal Court’s website at:www.DaytonMunicipalCourt.org. Office hours for the Clerk of Court are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for the acceptance of case filings and payments. Parking, Traffic and Criminal payments [Read the full post. . .]
There are two ways to be charged with OVI (drunk driving) in Ohio. Often, both are charged for reasons that will be addressed shortly. First, let’s explore what the two charges mean.
“Per Se” Offenses: per se is a latin phrase meaning “in itself.” It is also a legal term of art defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as “taken alone… unconnected with other matters.” For purposes of Ohio OVI law, it means that OVI is a [Read the full post. . .]
What Level of Proof Does Law Enforcement Need to Pull You From Your Car For Standardized Field Tests?
One of the major decision points in the OVI arrest process is the officer’s decision to remove a suspect from his or her car and conduct standardized field sobriety testing. The officer is trained to arrive at this “decision point” by conducting an interview and using specific “pre-exit interview techniques” which include asking for two things simultaneously; asking interrupting or distracting questions; [Read the full post. . .]
The issue the Ohio Supreme Court addresses in State v. Adkins, 2011-Ohio-3141 is whether a pre-January 1, 1996 juvenile adjudication can be considered one of the five prior similar offenses necessary to enhance an R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(a) charge for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (“OVI”). Under R.C. 4511.19(G)(1)(d), an OVI is a fourth-degree felony if the defendant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to five OVIs in 20 years. Effective January 1, 1996, the [Read the full post. . .]