DUI defense is never far from my mind. I was reminded of this last weekend watching one of my favorite movies, “My Cousin Vinny.” In the movie a novice New York attorney (Joe Pesci) heads to the deep south to defend his cousin and his friend in a high-profile murder case. He is met with a hostile judge and a pompous attorney who are hell bent on seeing the two kids put away for murder. Comedy ensues.
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A Trial Attorney’s Creed!
When someone asks, “How can you defend drunk drivers?” I respond with this quote from Don Quioxte. I think it is the perfect creed for a trial attorney.
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“It is not the responsibility of knights errant to discover whether the afflicted, the enchained and the oppressed whom they encounter on the road are reduced to these circumstances and suffer this distress for their vices, or for their virtues: the knight’s sole responsibility is to succor them
In light of the arrest made following the University of Dayton’s victory, we offer college students these rules for partying (legally) in Ohio.
Rule #1: Don’t Drink and Drive
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Ohio has some of the most stringent drunk driving laws in the county. A first-time offender faces 180 days in jail and a one thousand seventy-five dollar fine, loss of their driver’s license for up to three years and enhanced penalties upon subsequent convictions. A DUI (called an OVI in Ohio
Alcohol is classified as a Central Nervous System Depressant for its effects on the human body. It is listed as such for purposes of DUI investigations in the 2013 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (hereinafter NHTSA) “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” Participant Guide. See NHTSA, HS 178 R5/13. CNS Depressant type drugs (see below) slow down the operations of the brain, and usually depress the heartbeat, respiration, and many other processes controlled by the brain. The most familiar [Read the full post. . .]
The most tragic cases we handle are cases involving a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, O.R.C. 2903.06, is a crime that results from the death of another caused by the defendant’s operating a vehicle while impaired (a violation of R.C. 4511.19) or while driving negligently or recklessly. The aggravated vehicular homicide statute encompasses driving an automobile recklessly or negligently (called Vehicular homicide) whether or not alcohol played a part in the death. Often, [Read the full post. . .]