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Ohio’s Revised Booster Seat Law

Booster Seat LawIf you have a child, you need to comply with Ohio’s Booster Seat Law.

As of Oct. 7, 2009, Ohio’s Booster Seat Law requires all children to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats (usually at 4 years old and 40 pounds) until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.

Ohio’s revised child restraint law requires the following:

  • Children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat.
  • Children less than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
  • Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.

Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. A booster seat can be purchased for as little as $15.  Don’t wait for a ticket!

  • Booster seats raise a child up so the shoulder belt fits correctly, by lying over the middle of the shoulder and the center of the chest – the strongest parts of a child’s body. The booster seat also positions the lap belt across the child’s upper hips or thighs, not over the stomach. Without a booster, the lap belt can ride up onto the stomach and cause hip, stomach and spinal cord injuries in a crash.
  • Using a booster seat with a seat belt instead of using a seat belt alone for a child this age reduces the risk of injury in a crash by 59 percent. Researchers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that more than half the children killed in motor vehicles in motor vehicle crashes each year would be alive today if seat belt use and child safety seat use were at 100 percent.

If you need any additional information about Ohio’s Booster Seat Law, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio page.  If you find yourself unfairly charged with a violation of Ohio’s Booster Seat Law, give us a call.

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 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 emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Ohio’s Booster Seat Law information and other city-specific info at the following links:

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Child Endangerment and DUI Laws In Ohio

child endangerment and duiThere is an intersection between the child endangerment and DUI laws in Ohio.  Child endangerment is an act or omission that exposes a child to psychological, emotional or physical abuse. Child abuse based on the offense of child endangerment is normally a misdemeanor, but endangerment that results in mental illness or serious physical illness or injury is a felony. See abused child, neglected child.  Child endangerment and DUI laws are implicated when a person drives drunk with a child in the car.

Ohio Revised Code 2919.22(C)(1) addresses the child endangerment and DUI laws as follows,

(C) (1) No person shall operate a vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley within this state in violation of division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code when one or more children under eighteen years of age are in the vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may be convicted at the same trial or proceeding of a violation of this division and a violation of division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code that constitutes the basis of the charge of the violation of this division. For purposes of sections 4511.191 to 4511.197 of the Revised Code and all related provisions of law, a person arrested for a violation of this division shall be considered to be under arrest for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them or for operating a vehicle with a prohibited concentration of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a metabolite of a controlled substance in the whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine.

(2) As used in division (C)(1) of this section:

(a) “Controlled substance” has the same meaning as in section 3719.01 of the Revised Code.

(b) “Vehicle,” “streetcar,” and “trackless trolley” have the same meanings as in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.

Based on the law you can be charged with both child endangerment and DUI in the same case so long as the government can prove that you drove in violation of the DUI law (O.R.C. 4511.19) while someone under 18 years of age was in your car.  Child endangerment charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a second degree felony, punishable up to 8 years prison.  Should you be arrested for DUI with children in the vehicle then you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. If the child was seriously injured and this is your second child endangerment charge then you will face a fifth-degree felony. If the child was seriously injured and this is your second DUI with children in the car then you will be charged with a fourth degree felony. Keep in mind that these charges listed are ONLY for the child endangerment offenses and do not include the mandatory penalties available to judges under Ohio’s DUI/OVI statutes.  Child endangerment and DUI are triggers for rigorous enforcement.

Given the harsh penalties and societal hatred of the crimes of child endangerment and DUI, you need an attorney who will aggressively take on the underlying DUI charge.  If the government is unable to prove a violation of the DUI law, then the child endangering case is also unsustainable.  Learn more about how we can defend your child endangerment and DUI charges below.

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 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 emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Ohio Child Endangerment and DUI information and other city-specific info at the following links:

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Ohio DUI Attorney Charles Rowland

Ohio DUI AttorneyIf you are in need of an Ohio DUI attorney, consider Charles M. Rowland II.  Charles served as the Xenia City Prosecutor.  In that capacity he has prosecuted DUI offenses.  This experience gives him unique insight into how prosecutors will approach your case.  Ohio DUI Attorney Charles Rowland has served as a “Special Prosecutor” on high-profile felony cases.  Charles is a proud member of the National College for DUI defense and in 2006 attended the intensive seminar on DUI law at Harvard University.  National Patent Analytical Systems has certified Charles Rowland in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC DataMaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument. Charles has been qualified by the United States government as an expert witness on evidential breath testing and has testified in court martial proceedings.  In 2007, Charles Rowland was the first private attorney in the State of Ohio certificated on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testing machine.  In 2009 and 2012, Charles Rowland attended the National College for DUI Defense Annual Scientific Evidence Seminar where he received training on the Intoxilyzer 5000 and further training on the Intoxilyzer 8000.

Ohio DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II was the first attorney in the United States to earn a certificate in Forensic Sobriety Assessment. FSA certification requires proficiency in the scientific principles and research relating to sobriety testing in a DUI/OVI stop.  It subsumes the NHTSA training (knowledge of the NHTSA manual is required) and greatly extends it.  Charles Rowland is currently the only lawyer in Ohio to hold FSA certification.  In 2010, Charles M. Rowland II attended the most current NHTSA training wherein he was trained to administer and evaluate the standardized field sobriety tests . This is the same NHTSA/SFST training course that law enforcement officers are trained in nationwide and testify to in court.  Charles is a frequent speaker and a prolific writer on all matters related to DUI defense.  In 2011, Charles spoke to the Dayton Bar Association on evidential breath testing and in 2012 Charles was honored to be one of only two DUI defense attorneys chosen to speak to Ohio’s prosecuting attorneys at the Ohio Municipal Law Institute.  He continues to provide help to the Greene County Career Center Police Academy by conducting cross-examination/courtroom training for new officers as part of their ADAP/NHTSA training.  He has been chosen as AVVO’s “Client’s Choice” for DUI defense (2012) and as as a Dayton SuperLawyer (2013).  Charles has been featured in Time Magazine as a “Leader in DUI Defense” (August 12, 2013) and in the May 2013 edition of Car & Driver Magazine as a leading DUI defense attorney.  Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver.

Ohio DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Xenia and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Ohio’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 emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Ohio DUI Attorney information and other city-specific info at the following links:

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Disorderly Conduct While Intoxicated, ORC 2917.11

disorderly conduct

The crime of disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a violation of O.R.C. 2917.11.  The crime of disorderly conduct is also know, and often charged, as public intoxication.  This broadly defined crime can be charged as a minor misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of $150.00 and no jail time or as a 4th degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $250.00 fine.  Disorderly conduct while intoxicated can be defined as anyone who is voluntarily intoxicated and engages in one of the circumstances described below:

  • In public or in front of two other people, behaves in a manner that would be offensive or causes an inconvenience, irritation, or state of alarm that the person would have otherwise been aware of had they not been under the influence of alcohol;
  • Behaves in a way or creates a condition that poses a potential risk of harm or is dangerous to another person or property.

As with other criminal offenses, a conviction could lead to additional consequences.  You may have to explain the conviction to potential employers or licensing boards.  Worse yet, you may have a conviction for disorderly conduct brought up in contested custody proceedings involving a vindictive spouse.  Whatever the circumstances, criminal charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. You are justifiably concerned about your freedoms and privileges being at stake and have a lot of questions. We can help.  Former prosecutor Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused since 1995.  He has the experience and the credentials to win your case.  Call Charles Rowland today at (937) 318-1384 or 1-888-769-5263 (888-ROWLAND).

Disorderly Conduct lawyer Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drugged 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 criminal 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 emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Find city-specific Ohio disorderly conduct information at the following links:

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Ohio DUI Law: How To Fight A Urine Test

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In order to successfully defend a urinalysis case, a DUI defense lawyer must be familiar with Ohio’s DUI law (O.R.C. 4511.19) and the Ohio Administrative Code sections which apply to the collection, storing, transporting and testing of the urine specimen.  Amphetamine, cocaine, heroine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine and L.S.D. are specifically mentioned in Ohio’s DUI/OVI statute as illegal controlled substances. The law states how much of each substance must be detected in a chemical test of urine, whole blood, blood plasma, and/or blood serum in order to sustain a charge.  While less reliable than a blood or breath test, the urine test is increasingly favored by law e

nforcement officers because it allows them to expand the parameters of their suspicion to include illicit and prescription drugs. Sometimes the urine test will be requested after a breath test produces a result under the .08% BAC limit.  If this is the case, your attorney should employ more traditional factual defenses such as a lack of probable cause to suspect drug use before leaping to a more scientific challenge to the collection, storage, transporting or testing of the urine sample.  If the facts support a urine test then your attorney must hold the State to its proof.

The urine test must be collected by an authorized person within three hours of the alleged violation according to Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(D). It reads in pertinent part,

4511.19(D)(1)(b). In any criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceeding for a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section or for an equivalent offense that is vehicle-related, the court may admit evidence on the concentration of alcohol, drugs of abuse, controlled substances, metabolites of a controlled substance, or a combination of them in the defendant’s whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, urine, or other bodily substance at the time of the alleged violation as shown by chemical analysis of the substance withdrawn within three hours of the time of the alleged violation. The three-hour time limit specified in this division regarding the admission of evidence does not extend or affect the two-hour time limit specified in division (A) of section 4511.192 of the Revised Code as the maximum period of time during which a person may consent to a chemical test or tests as described in that section. The court may admit evidence on the concentration of alcohol, drugs of abuse, or a combination of them as described in this division when a person submits to a blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substance test at the request of a law enforcement officer under section 4511.191 of the Revised Code or a blood or urine sample is obtained pursuant to a search warrant. Only a physician, a registered nurse, an emergency medical technician-intermediate, an emergency medical technician-paramedic, or a qualified technician, chemist, or phlebotomist shall withdraw a blood sample for the purpose of determining the alcohol, drug, controlled substance, metabolite of a controlled substance, or combination content of the whole blood, blood serum, or blood plasma. This limitation does not apply to the taking of breath or urine specimens. A person authorized to withdraw blood under this division may refuse to withdraw blood under this division, if in that person’s opinion, the physical welfare of the person would be endangered by the withdrawing of blood.

Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53 sets forth the manner in which the urine samples are to be collected. 3710-53-05 (D) states that the “collection of a urine specimen must be witnessed to assure that the sample can be authenticated.”  It further requires that the “urine shall be deposited into a clean glass or plastic screw top container which shall be capped.”  This section also contains an escape hatch for prosecutors if the collection is botched.  The test will still be admitted if it was “collected according to the laboratory protocol as written in the laboratory procedure manual.”  3701-53-05(E) requires the “urine containers shall be sealed in a manner such that tampering can be detected and have a label which contains at least the following information:

  1. Name of suspect;
  2. Date and time of collection;
  3. Name or initials of person collecting the sample; and
  4. Name or initials of person sealing the sample.

Much case law has been decided regarding the refrigeration requirement of 3701-53-05(F), which requires that, “While not in transit or under examination, all blood and urine specimens shall be refrigerated.”  In State v. Koehler (2000), 107 Ohio Misc. 2d 28, a Pataskala urine specimen spent eighteen days in the mail, unrefrigerated, on its way to lab in Columbus. The Court found the undue delay in transit leads to conclusion there was not substantial compliance with refrigeration requirement.  In State v. Cook (1992), 82 Ohio App. 3d 619, the court found the O.A.C. regulations were substantially complied with where urine sample was not refrigerated for fifteen to twenty minutes between collection and being mailed to lab in Columbus, or during the three days it was in the mail.  If you suspect that your sample was not properly refrigerated you should hire an expert witness.  In State v. Casaday (1987), 40 Ohio App. 3d 52, a diabetic defendant challenged a urine sample.  The court held that “[d]espite substantial compliance with Ohio Adm. Code 3701-53-05(F) in the analysis of a urine sample, test results may be inadmissible based on expert testimony that the results were inaccurate due to fermentation caused by lack of refrigeration and the high glucose content of the urine sample.”

Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-03(A)(1) and (A)(2)  sets forth the two approved methods for testing alcohol in urine: Gas chromatography and Enzyme assays.  O.A.C. 3701-53-03(B)(1) through (B)(6) sets forth the approved method for testing drugs of abuse in a urine sample: (1) Immunoassay; (2) Thin-layer chromatography; (3) Gas chromatography; (4) Mass spectroscopy; (5) High performance liquid chromatography; or (6) Spectroscopy.  Urine evidence can be excluded if the method used to analyze the urine for alcohol, if not a specifically approved method, does not have documented sensitivity, accuracy, precision, and linearity, or the method is not based on procedures which have been published in a peer reviewed or juried scientific journal or thoroughly documented by the laboratory pursuant to OAC 3701-53-03(A).  OAC 3701-53-03(B) requires the positive results of presumptive tests for drugs of abuse be confirmed by one or more dissimilar analytical techniques or methods as a part of a testing procedure.

Another area of challenge is the calibration of the machines used to test the samples. O.A.C. 3701-53-04 sets forth the requirements for instrument checks, controls and certifications.  It reads, in pertinent part,

(A) A senior operator shall perform an instrument check on approved evidential breath testing instruments listed under paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2), and (B) of rule 3701-53-02no less frequently than once every seven days in accordance with the appropriate instrument checklist for the instrument being used. The instrument check may be performed anytime up to one hundred and ninety-two hours after the last instrument check.

  1. The instrument shall be checked to detect radio frequency interference (RFI) using a hand-held radio normally used by the law enforcement agency performing the instrument check. The RFI detector check is valid when the evidential breath testing instrument detects RFI or aborts a subject test. If the RFI detector check is not valid, the instrument shall not be used until the instrument is serviced.
  2. An instrument shall be checked using a solution containing ethyl alcohol approved by the director of health. An instrument check result is valid when the result of the instrument check is at or within five one-thousandths ( 0.005 ) grams per two hundred ten liters of the target value for that approved solution. An instrument check result which is outside the range specified in this paragraph shall be confirmed by the senior operator using another bottle of approved solution. If this instrument check result is also out of range, the instrument shall not be used until the instrument is serviced or repaired.

(B) Instruments listed under paragraph (A)(3) of rule 3701-53-02 of the Administrative Code shall automatically perform a dry gas control test before and after every subject test and instrument certification using a dry gas standard traceable to the national institute of standards and technology(NIST). Dry gas control results are valid when the results are at or within five one-thousandths ( 0.005 ) grams per two hundred ten liters of the alcohol concentration on the manufacturer’s certificate of analysis for that dry gas standard. A dry gas control result which is outside the range specified in this paragraph will abort the subject test or instrument certification in progress.

(C) Representatives of the director shall perform an instrument certification on approved evidential breath testing instruments listed under paragraph (A) (3) of rule 3701-53-02 of the Administrative Code using a solution containing ethyl alcohol approved by the director of health according to the instrument display for the instrument being certified. An instrument shall be certified no less frequently than once every calendar year or when the dry gas standard on the instrument is replaced, whichever comes first. Instrument certifications are valid when the certification results are at or within five one-thousandths grams per two hundred ten liters of the target value for that approved solution. Instruments with certification results outside the range specified in this paragraph will require the instrument be removed from service until the instrument is serviced or repaired. Certification results shall be retained in a manner prescribed by the director of health.

(D) An instrument check or certification shall be made in accordance with paragraphs (A) and (C) of this rule when a new evidential breath testing instrument is placed in service or when the instrument is returned after service or repairs, before the instrument is used to test subjects.

(E) A bottle of approved solution shall not be used more than three months after its date of first use, or after the manufacturer’s expiration date on the approved solution certificate, whichever comes first. After first use, a bottle of approved solution shall be kept under refrigeration when not being used. The approved solution bottle shall be retained for reference until that bottle of approved solution is discarded.

(F) Each testing day, the analytical techniques or methods used in rule 3701-53-03 of the Administrative Code shall be checked for proper calibration under the general direction of the designated laboratory director. General direction does not mean that the designated laboratory director must be physically present during the performance of the calibration check.

(G) Results of instrument checks, controls, certifications, calibration checks and records of service and repairs shall be retained in accordance with paragraph (A) of rule 3701-53-01 of the Administrative Code.

Your attorney should also file a detailed discovery request requiring the lab to document the chain of custody and a request that the sample be made available for private testing by your privately retained expert.  Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-06(A), requires that the, “[c]hain of custody and the test results for evidential alcohol and drugs of abuse shall be identified and retained for not less than three years, after which time the documents may be discarded unless otherwise directed in writing from a court. All positive blood, urine and other bodily substances shall be retained in accordance with rule 3701-53-05 of the Administrative Code for a period of not less than one year, after which time the specimens may be discarded unless otherwise directed in writing from a court.”  Your attorney should also demand proof that the laboratory has complied with each of the additional requirements set forth in O.A.C. 3701-53-06 which include:

(B) The laboratory shall successfully complete a national proficiency testing program using the applicable technique or method for which the laboratory personnel seek a permit under rule 3701-53-09 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The laboratory shall have a written procedure manual of all analytical techniques or methods used for testing of alcohol or drugs of abuse in bodily substances. Textbooks and package inserts or operator manuals from the manufacturer may be used to supplement, but may not be used in lieu of the laboratory’s own procedure manual for testing specimens.

(D) The designated laboratory director shall review, sign, and date the procedure manual as certifying that the manual is in compliance with this rule. The designated laboratory director shall ensure that:

  1. Any changes in a procedure be approved, signed, and dated by the designated laboratory director;
  2. The date the procedure was first used and the date the procedure was revised or discontinued is recorded;
  3. A procedure shall be retained for not less than three years after the procedure was revised or discontinued, or in accordance with a written order issued by any court to the laboratory to save a specimen that was analyzed under that procedure;
  4. Laboratory personnel are adequately trained and experienced to perform testing of blood, urine and other bodily substances for alcohol and drugs of abuse and shall ensure, maintain and document the competency of laboratory personnel. The designated laboratory director shall also monitor the work performance and verify the skills of laboratory personnel;
  5. The procedure manual includes the criteria the laboratory shall use in developing standards, controls, and calibrations for the technique or method involved; and
  6. A complete and timely procedure manual is available and followed by laboratory personnel.

Your Ohio DUI attorney should also file a detailed discovery request for information on the personnel conducting the testing to see if the person meets the required qualifications as set forth in Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-07.  Did the laboratory technician who analyzed the urine complete the proficiency exam, administered by a national program for proficiency testing for the approved technique or method of analysis used to test the urine, in a satisfactory manner, pursuant to OAC 3701-53-07(A)(2) for alcohol and OAC 3701-53-07(B)(2) for drugs of abuse?  Was the laboratory technician who analyzed the urine certified by the designated laboratory director that he or she is competent to perform all procedures contained in the laboratory’s written procedure manual for testing specimens, pursuant to OAC 3701-53-07(A)(2) for alcohol and 3701-53-07(B)(2) for drugs of abuse?  Did the laboratory technician who analyzed the urine meet the requirements set forth in OAC 3701-53-07 (A)(2)(a-d) for alcohol testing and OAC 3701-53-07(B)(2)(a-d) for drug testing?  Did the person analyzing the urine sample have a laboratory director’s permit or a laboratory technician’s permit issued by the director of health under OAC 3701-53-09(A)(1) for alcohol testing and (A)(2) for drug testing; and if not , was the designated laboratory director who performed the tests, the testing technician under the general direction of a laboratory director pursuant to OAC 3701-53-07(A) for alcohol testing and (B) for drug testing?  Did the person analyzing the urine, if they were a laboratory technician, conduct a technique or method of analysis that was listed on the laboratory director’s permit, pursuant to OAC 3701-53-07(A) for alcohol testing and 3701-53-07(B) for drug testing?  And finally, did the designated director of the laboratory where the urine was analyzed meet the qualifications for said laboratory director’s permit, pursuant to OAC 3701-53-07(A)(1) for alcohol testing and OAC 3701-53-07(B)(1) for drug testing?  Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-08 sets forth the requirements that lab personnel pass surveys and proficiency tests.  Make sure your attorney’s discovery requests demands to see the results of these tests.

Assuming that each and every regulation was followed to the letter, your attorney can still mount a defense based on the weakness of urinalysis in general.  Illicit drugs remain in the urine much after their impairing influence has dissipated. Marijuana can show up in a urine test three days after the drug has been used.  Heavy users of marijuana can have metabolites in their urine for up to three months.  Significant issues exist for alcohol urine tests due to alcohol’s affinity for water.  Alcohol is normally present in water at a much higher rate than in the blood. Because of this higher occurrence a urine test will usually result in a person being convicted of DUI even though their actual BAC is within legal limits.  The National Institute of Drug Abuse conducted a study of urine tests and found that 1 in 5 testing labs incorrectly reported the presence of illegal drugs in urine samples – A 20% ERROR RATE!  Imagine going to your bank and asking for $10,000.00.  The teller returns with $8,000.00 and apologetically tells you that the bank is within 20%.  You would never accept such a shoddy result.  You should hire an attorney who will challenge the entire process of collecting, documenting, transferring, and testing urine.  This will require an attorney who has dedicated themselves to obtaining the highest level of skill in the complex field of DUI defense.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI