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Pay Online At The Vandalia Municipal Court

July 24th, 2014

Vandalia Municipal CourtThe Vandalia Municipal Court has made it easy to pay your violation using its website.  To find out how to make an online payment visit HERE.  To make a payment visit the court HERE.

If you choose this form of payment, please check with the court’s online records to make sure that you are paying for any and all citations against you.  The result of your search will display all cases relevant to that search. Tickets can contain up to seven (7) separate charges, if you are paying to waive a court appearance, make sure you are paying all the charges. Multiple cases per ticket are listed with letters after the case number as illustrated below:

vandalia court records

It is also important that you make sure the Vandalia Municipal Court receives proof that you had insurance at the time of your offense(s).  Proof of insurance is a requirement.  Again, please check with the court’s online records to see if proof of insurance was shown on your ticket. If you showed proof of insurance at the time of the offense (indicated as “Proof of Ins.?: Shown”), then you have complied with the State of Ohio requirements, no further action on your behalf is required. If you did not show proof of insurance at the time of the offense (indicated as “Proof of Ins.?: Not Shown”), the Court is required to notify the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles who in turn will mail you a request for proof of insurance. Failure to comply will result in a suspension of your driving privileges. DO NOT SEND PROOF OF INSURANCE TO THE COURT AFTER PAYMENT.

Payment of Fines/Costs are also accepted by the Clerk’s Office as long as it is received prior to the date on the Fine and Court Cost order which you signed prior to leaving the Courthouse. If you missed the date, you MUST appear in person at the Clerk’s Office as a warrant may have been issued for your arrest and/or notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of a license forfeiture and/or block along with additional fees.  This is important because it is more expensive for your attorney to deal with a warrant and potentially could land you in jail until it gets sorted out.

Certain offenses are NOT payable online and a Court appearance at the Vandalia Municipal Court  required. What follows is a list of offenses that cannot be paid online, thus requiring a Court appearance:

  • ANY FELONY OR INDICTABLE OFFENSE
  • OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS OF ABUSE, OR PERMITTING ANOTHER TO DO SO.
  • LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
  • DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION OR WITHOUT A LICENSE EXCEPT FOR EXPIRED LICENSE OF LESS THAN (6) MONTHS
  • THIRD SPEED VIOLATION WITHIN 12 MONTHS
  • ELUDING/FLEEING A POLICE OFFICER
  • DRAG RACING
  • PHYSICAL CONTROL
  • ANY SPEED CLOCKED AT 31 MPH OR MORE OVER THE POSTED LIMIT OR 16 MPH OR MORE OVER THE POSTED LIMIT IN SCHOOL ZONE
  • PASSING A SCHOOL BUS

Lastly, it is important to understand that paying your citations online is a plea of guilty.  By submitting your information to request payment, you understand that you are pleading “Guilty” to all charges against you as listed on the citation, consequently waiving your right to an appearance in court or to a trial. You further understand that, when processed, this will close your case and the Court will forward this information to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the appropriate points will still be added to your license.

It is always a good practice to speak with an attorney prior to making any decision about a criminal case.  Often, unintended consequences can come back at a later time to create greater problems.

Vandalia DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

To learn more about the Vandalia Municipal Court contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:

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Traffic Ticket Blitz Underway in Ohio Through July 26

July 23rd, 2014

traffic ticketThere 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 and the Michigan State Police.

OSP Sgt. Vincent Shirey told FOX 8 News that troopers will not just be looking out for texting.  Shirey said they will also be looking for anything that takes your eyes, and your attention, off of the road. That could be changing the radio station or turning to pay attention to your kids, according to Shirey.  “The Patrol is serious about eliminating threats on roadways, and we’re proud of this collaborative, multi- state effort,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By cracking down on distracted driving, we are making Ohio and surrounding states safer.”

Experience has told us that you can expect major traffic ticket patrols along I-75 and I-71 during this period.  Arrests for OVI are targeted during this period as well. Given the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s proclivity to conduct drug searches, you should also expect to assert your right to refuse a search.

Traffic Ticket Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

To schedule a free DUI consultation about your traffic ticket or OVI contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:

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Vandalia OVI Attorney Charles Rowland

July 9th, 2014

Vandalia OVI AttorneyCharles M. Rowland II wants to be your Vandalia OVI Attorney.  To that end, he maintains two websites that provide specific information about OVI cases in the Vandalia Municipal Court.  www.VandaliaDUI.com and www.VandaliaOVI.com provide information about the Vandalia Municipal Court and how to access important information about your case.  Provided below are some of the important links.  Be sure to check out the sites for articles and information specific to arrests made within the court’s jurisdiction and for information about Vandalia OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II.

Vandalia Municipal Court’s jurisdiction serves approximately 83.5 square miles, which includes the Cities of Vandalia, Englewood, Clayton, Union and the Townships of Harrison and Butler, located in the Montgomery County, Ohio.  The Court is located on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center at 245 James E. Bohanan Memorial Drive, Vandalia, Ohio. The Court operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The honorable Cynthia M. Heck is the elected judge of the Vandalia Municipal Court and will preside over your case.  You may also appear before the Vandalia Municipal Court Magistrates: Bonnie Beaman Rice and Fred M. Izenson.  Listed below is some very helpful links to the Vandalia Municipal Court.

  • To visit the Vandalia Municipal Court’s useful and informative website, please click HERE.
  • For Court Contact Information visit HERE.
  • Court Rules are located HERE.
  • You can make a payment to the court HERE.
  • Look up Public Records (Case Look-up) HERE.
  • Learn more about the Court’s Probation Department HERE.
  • Access Court Forms HERE.

Vandalia OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your Vandalia OVI case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App (here) or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on FacebookTwitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Keywords in this article: Vandalia OVI Attorney, Vandalia OVI Alcohol Diversion Program

Can I Get An ALS Suspension On A Physical Control Charge?

June 26th, 2014

physical control If you are found drunk in a non-moving car, you may be charged with a violation of O.R.C. 4511.194, Physical Control of an Automobile While Impaired instead of drunk driving (O.R.C. 4511.19, OVI, DUI, OMVI).  The arresting officer, on behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (hereinafter BMV), imposes an Administrative License Suspension at the time of arrest for OVI, or OVUAC when the driver refuses to take the chemical test or takes it and has an alcohol concentration in his whole blood of .08%, blood serum or plasma of .096%, breath of .08%, or in his urine of .11 grams.

The BMV imposes an Administrative License Suspension at the time of arrest for a violation of 4511.194 when the driver refuses to take the test. If the driver takes the chemical test, no Administrative License Suspension is imposed. ORC §4511.191(C)(1).  So go ahead and take the test only if you are sure that you are not being charged with DUI!

Physical Control of a Vehicle While Impaired (O.R.C. 4511.194) is the offense of being intoxicated while in control of a car, but not having caused the vehicle to move. If you are under the influence and the prosecutor can prove that you “operated” your car and were not simply in “physical control” of your car, you may face a charge of OVI/DUI (drunk driving). Thus the legal analysis will turn on whether on the prosecutor can prove you “operated” your car. “Operation” includes causing or having caused a vehicle (such as a car, truck, RV, bicycle or motorcycle) to move. See Cincinnati v. Kelley, 47 Ohio St. 2d 94, 351 N.E.2d 85 (1976).

Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

To schedule a free physical control  consultation contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:

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First Time DUI Offenders Required To Install Breathalyzer

June 19th, 2014

The Columbus Dispatch just published an article (see video above) about the first time DUI breathalyzer bill.  If “Annie’s Law” is passed by the Ohio legislature, it will require first time offenders to put an in-car breathalyzer in their car before they will be allowed to drive.  People who are not yet convicted and presumably innocent until “proven” guilty will face yet another mandatory penalty.  The law now allows judges to order the ignition interlocks, but the House bill would make their use mandatory.  Under current law, only offenders convicted twice within six years must use the devices.  This is another example of the Ohio legislature making tough DUI laws even more harsh.

People arrested for a first time DUI offense would be required to lease the interlock devices, which cost $70 to $150 to install. A $60 to $90 monthly fee includes downloading data to see if a failed breath test prevented the car from starting. “For the first time it’s going a little too far, said Danny Moore of Dayton.  It seems really unfair to me. It seems like a waste of money for someone who just made a mistake, agreed Mary Damar of Dayton.” Regular readers of this blog have been on notice of this bill since it was announced as a MADD priority years ago. (See May 22, April 2,  and March 10).

The loudest voice is the American Beverage Institute, which disagrees with states that force first time offenders to install Ignition Interlock citing the fact that repeat offenders cause the vast majority of alcohol related fatalities.  Interlock search devices are used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, states vary widely in how the ignition interlock devices are used and which drivers are required to install them. In West Virginia, for example, interlock devices are only ordered at a judge’s discretion while Michigan mandates their use for drivers who are found with a BAC more than twice the state’s legal limit. In Ohio, ignition interlock devices are required for any driver accused of a second OVI (drunk driving) offense and are otherwise discretionary to the judge. NHTSA and MADD want to eliminate these discrepancies and urge the adoption of a model rule which covers first-time offenders with a BAC just over the legal limit and would require the installation of ignition-preventing interlock search devices on hundreds of thousands more vehicles. Currently, only 20 states require the devices for anyone convicted of a drunken driving-related offense.

first time duiCharles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

To schedule a free DUI consultation for a first time DUI, check these city-specific sites at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville

Keywords in this article include: First Time DUI Offenders, Breathalyzer, Ignition Interlock Device, Annie’s Law