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Kettering Municipal Court

Mandatory Appearances In The Kettering Municipal Court

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Some people who are charged with an OVI in the Kettering Municipal Court think that they can skip their first appearance. This is not the case.  Many traffic and some criminal citations are payable in the Clerk’s Office and do not require a court appearance in front of the judge. These are called “waiverable” citations. You can choose to appear before the judge on your court date for these citations. Or, you can choose to waive your right to a hearing in court, plead guilty and pay your costs and fines for these citations in the Clerk’s Office. Waiverable citations must be taken care of on or before your court date. Your court date is listed near the bottom of your citation.

Other offenses are considered “non-waiverable” – meaning that you must appear before a Judge. Some of the most commonly-cited “non-waiverable” offenses include:

  • Indictable felony offenses.
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse, or permitting another person who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse to operate a motor vehicle owned by the defendant or in his custody or control.
  • Reckless driving where charged under Kettering Ordinance as a fourth degree misdemeanor.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Driving under suspension/revocation or without a license when jail is a possible penalty.
  • Failure to stop and remain standing upon meeting or overtaking a school bus stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging a school child.
  • Willfully eluding or fleeing a police officer.
  • Passing a stopped school bus.
  • Drag racing.
  • Drug-related offenses with the exception of public intoxication M-M and M-4.
  • All speeding citations which are for 36+ miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
  • Wrongful entrustment.

The jurisdiction of the Kettering Municipal Court includes the Cities of Kettering and Centerville or Washington Township.  In addition, the Court handles criminal offenses and some traffic offenses which occur in the City of Moraine. If you were cited in Moraine, your ticket will tell you where to appear.

slider-call-nowIf you find yourself facing an OVI charge in the Kettering Municipal Court, do not miss your court date. If you need to speak to an attorney immediately, please call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 776-2671. You can also visit KetteringOVI.com for more information about the Kettering Municipal Court.

 

Kettering Municipal Court

Kettering Municipal Court Statistics Show Drop In Cases

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The Kettering Municipal Court appears to have experienced a significant reduction in the number of cases it is handling.  According to statistics HERE, the number of cases heard has dropped from 17,369 in 2013 to 15,819 in 2014.  But that does not tell the whole story.

Despite the drop in total number of cases, criminal cases are up. The court dealt with 2,707 criminal cases in 2013 and saw that number rise to 2,876 in 2014.  Similarly, civil/small claims filing rose from 1,219 to 1,364.  The drop looks to be a reduced traffic docket.  Traffic cases dropped from 13,443 in 2013 to 11,579 in 2014.

Compared to many local municipal courts this is bucking a trend.  As the economy has improved, many jurisdictions have been able to hire/re-hire law enforcement officers. The increased officers means more patrols which leads to more cases.

Kettering Municipal Court serves a population of approximately 117,000 and has jurisdiction over Washington Township and the Cities of Centerville, Kettering and Moraine.

If you need to speak with an attorney who regularly handles OVI cases in the Kettering Municipal Court, contact Charles M. Rowland II at www.KetteringDUI.com, www.KetteringOVI.com or at 937-318-1384.

The Kettering Municipal Court Welcomes Judge James Long

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Kettering Municipal CourtThere is a new Judge in the Kettering Municipal Court.  Long-time Kettering City prosecutor and former Public Defender James F. Long was announced as the choice to fill the spot of retiring Judge Thomas Hanna.  Judge Long  has run his own law practice and is head coach as well as assistant program coordinator of the South Dayton Knights Basketball Club. He has coached and mentored a number of sports teams in and around Kettering.  Judge Long’s educational background includes having earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Ohio Northern University and a juris doctorate from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.  Judge Long must run again in November to retain his seat for the rest of the term, which ends in December 2017.

Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Kettering Municipal Court and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Kettering’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 Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have an attorney at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have us 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 Kettering Municipal Court, contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:
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Rowland To Train As Drug Recognition Expert

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Drug Recognition ExpertLater this month, Charles M. Rowland II will receive certification in the latest techniques of the Drug Recognition Expert protocol now being used across the nation.  Rowland will be among the first attorneys in Ohio to receive this certification which will make him uniquely suited to defend drives accused of driving while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs.

“More and more, we are seeing an increase in drug trafficking cases. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has become much more aggressive in using a traffic stop as a pretense to do an extensive search for illegal drugs,” Rowland said.  These stops frequently turn a minor traffic violation case into a trafficking, distribution or possession of drugs case. “We expect more of these cases as the Ohio State Highway Patrol begins implementation of the Drug Recognition Expert protocol and I want to be ready to defend my clients.”

When asked why a drunk driving attorney needs to be prepared in this way, Rowland responded“[t]he analysis of a drug trafficking case is very similar to the approach we take to an impaired driving case. What that means is that we deconstruct each and every decision that the officer makes. Was there proper justification for the traffic stop? Did the officer have reasonable and articulable suspicion to continue the detention to conduct a drug trafficking or possession investigation? Did the officer conduct an illegal search of your person and/or vehicle? Did the officer’s actions, based on a totality of the circumstances, establish probable cause for a drug trafficking arrest? Was the evidence handled or tested properly? Can the government establish a proper chain of custody for the evidence? Our mission is to get your case thrown out! We act aggressively to keep you out of jail, keep your fines low and protect your freedom.”

Charles M. Rowland II has a track record of successfully defending the accused impaired driver whether that charge involve alcohol, marijuana, illegal narcotics or prescription drugs.  For the last five years he has been chosen to represent Miami Valley N.O.R.M.L and fights for, advocates for and defends the rights of all Ohio citizens.  Certification in the field of Drug Recognition Expert will make him one of the only attorneys in Ohio to have completed this level of training.

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.”

For more on the Drug Recognition Expert protocol contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville

Wilmington OVI Checkpoint At US 22 Tonight!

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Wilmington OVI checkpointThere will be a Wilmington OVI checkpoint tonight from 9 p.m. until midnight on US 22 just west of Progress Way in Wilmington.  Aggressive saturation patrols will also accompany the checkpoint.

Stay ahead of the checkpoints!  If you want to receive updated information on sobriety checkpoints, enhanced traffic enforcement, saturation patrols and other important developments that affect you, sign up for text alerts on the main page of this blog. Text alerts will be sent directly to your mobile device/smartphone in the location you choose in the Miami Valley. This service is free and available to the general public.

You can also put DaytonDUI on your Android Smart phone via the DaytonDUI app. The app helps you know your rights and know yourself by providing a drink tally so that you do not overindulge. You can send safe drinking tips to friends or use the app to find the nearest taxi for a safe trip home. The app brings you the best of DaytonDUI’s video and audio content and gives you a chance to take pictures and record memories so that you can aid in your own defense. Our sincere desire is to make our roads a safer place.

The Wilmington OVI checkpoint is funded by federal grants and provides overtime to multiple departments.  While amazingly ineffective and questionable under the Constitution, checkpoints are designed to instill fear of arrest.

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.”

For more info on any Wilmington OVI checkpoint, check these city-specific sites at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville

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