AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Rule 1.1: CompetenceClient-Lawyer Relationship A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires thelegal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.
There it is! An OVI attorney must provide competent representation to a client. In the Commentary to Rule 1.1, it states:
In determining whether a lawyer employs the requisite knowledge and skill in a particular matter, relevant factors include the relative complexity and specialized nature of the matter, the lawyer’s general experience, the lawyer’s training and experience in the field in question, the preparation and study the lawyer is able to give the matter and whether it is feasible to refer the matter to, or associate or consult with, a lawyer of established competence in the field in question. In many instances, the required proficiencyis that of a general practitioner. Expertise in a particularfield of law may be required in some circumstances.
Rule 1.1 also requires an attorney to go to conferences and stay on top of important changes in the law.
To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.
That is why I maintain membership in prestigious OVI associations like the National College for DUI Defense, The American Association of Premiere DUI Attorneys and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. You will also note that I am often featured as a presenter/lecturer and hold a Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certificate. I am also proud to have been honored as a Fellow in the exclusive Ohio Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. I have also just returned from the Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advanced OVI Seminar.
If you need an OVI attorney who takes great pride in his training, experience and credentials, please contact me today at (937) 318-1384 or 888-ROWLAND. You can also reach me on my after-hours DUI hotline at (937) 776-2671.