A physical control conviction does not count as a “prior offense” for purposes of enhancement. This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute. R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions. It does not list a violation of physical control (R.C. 4511.194) as a predicate offense. It does not matter if the prior conviction was charged under R.C. 4511.194 or as a violation of a municipal ordinance. This is set forth at [Read the full post. . .]
Often a prospective client will ask if I am the “best OVI attorney in Dayton.” I always answer this question by saying that I am a damn good OVI attorney, but you should investigate me to determine if I am the best attorney for you. The most important decision you will make in your case is determining who will represent you. Here are some things to help you find the best [Read the full post. . .]
The Clark County/Springfield OVI Task Force is a coalition of 13 area agencies formed last year following a $136,000 grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The task force is made up of the Health District, Springfield Police Division, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, Clark County EMA, Springfield Fire and Rescue Box 27, Ohio Investigative Unit and police departments in North Hampton, Enon, South Charleston, Tremont City and German Twp. The [Read the full post. . .]
There is a new NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test training manual and it is significantly changed from prior versions. Included is the new focus of law enforcement on impairing drugs. The new information lays the groundwork for full implementation of the Drug Recognition Expert protocol now making its way into Ohio law.
This article will focus on the changes in a format that follows the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test training manual text, session by session. Full versions of the [Read the full post. . .]