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Ohio’s Underage Drinking Law (Party Smart)

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underage drinking lawOhio’s Underage Drinking Law (also known as Underage Possession, Minor in Possession, Underage Consumption) prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol prior to your 21st birthday.  A violation of this law is a first degree misdemeanor which can subject you to a maximum six month jail sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine.

  • Is this unfair? Yes
  • Is this hypocritical? Yes
  • Is this bad public policy? Yes
  • Would I like to see it changed? Yes

You may also violate Ohio’s Underage Drinking Law by being the host.  A social host or home owner risks being fined and imprisoned when he/she furnishes alcohol to a person who is not 21 years of age.  You may not know the people at your party, but that does not matter to the police.  The bigger the party the more likely police will be called and the greater the chance of getting caught and/or charged.

Everyone you know, including the police officer enforcing the underage drinking law may disagree with it, but that does not change the fact that you face life-altering penalties if you get convicted of this offense.  Under some (most?) college codes of conduct, merely being charged with violating the underage drinking law may subject you to penalties ranging from residential penalties and university penalties to loss of scholarship or dismissal from your college athletic team.  In addition, spending time in jail is humiliating and terrifying.  There are long-term penalties to consider.  In today’s world you will also see your picture of your mug shot on the internet.  What’s worse than that?  Seeing the same mug shot sitting on the desk of the person interviewing you for your first job.

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.”

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DUI In Xenia, Beavercreek or Fairborn? An Overview of Greene County Courts

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If you are arrested for DUI/OVI in Greene County, Ohio you will appear in one of the following courts.

  • Greene County Court of Common Pleas: The Greene County Court of Common Pleas is located at 45 N. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio 45385 in the historic Greene County Courthouse.  The Court is responsible for felony level offenses (including felony level OVI offenses, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Aggravated Vehicular Assault cases) arising in Greene County, Ohio.  The Greene County Court of Common Pleas is presided over by the Honorable Stephen A. Wolaver (937) 562-5218, and the Honorable Michael A. Buckwalter (937) 562-5217. For information about a specific Greene County Common Pleas case, contact the Clerk of Courts at (937) 562-5290.  Greene County maintain two jail facilities, the Greene County Jail located at 77 East Market Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385, (937) 562-4840 and the Greene County Adult Detention Center, 2295 Greeneway Blvd., Xenia, Ohio 45385, (937) 562-5840.
  • O.V.U.A.C. (Operating a vehicle after underage consumption) and Juvenile OVI offenses are heard in the Greene County Juvenile Court, 2100 Greeneway Blvd., Xenia, Ohio 45385, (937) 562-4000.  The judge of the Greene County Juvenile Court is the Honorable Robert H. Hutcheson.  The Juvenile Detention Center is part of the Greene County Juvenile Court Complex, the west wing of the building, located at 2100 Greene Way Blvd., Xenia, Ohio  45385.
  • The Fairborn Municipal Court, located at at 1148 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn, Ohio 45324, maintains a copy of its fee schedule on its web site. The Fairborn Municipal Court serves Fairborn, Bath TownshipBeavercreek and Beavercreek Township. The court conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases, handles traffic and non-traffic misdemeanors, and civil cases where the money in dispute does not exceed $15,000. The Greene County Common Pleas Court (Xenia) handles felony criminal cases.  You can contact the Fairborn Municipal Court at; (937) 754-3040 or by fax at  (937) 879-4422.  The presiding Judge of the Fairborn Municipal Court is Beth W. Root who became judge of the Fairborn/Beavercreek Municipal Court in January 2008.Fairborn/Beavercreek Municipal Court.
  • The Xenia Municipal Court is located on the second floor of Xenia City Hall, 101 N. Detroit Street. The XMC Probation Department is located at 64 E. Main St.Xenia Municipal Court.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.  You can contact the Xenia Municipal Court at (937) 376-7290.  The Xenia Municipal Court has jurisdiction for the cities of Xenia and Bellbrook; the villages of Yellow Springs, Cedarville, Jamestown, Spring Valley, and Bowersville; and the townships of Sugarcreek, Xenia, Cedarville, New Jasper, Silvercreek, Ceasarcreek, Miami, Jefferson, Ross, and Spring Valley. The Court’s jurisdiction also includes four college campuses: Central State University, Wilberforce University, Cedarville College, and Antioch College.  Law enforcement agencies located within the jurisdiction of the court include: Bellbrook Police Department; Cedarville Police Department; Central State University Police Department; Greene County Animal Control; Greene County Sheriff’s Office; Greene County Parks District; Jamestown Police Department; Ohio Department of Parks and Natural Resources; Ohio Department of Wildlife; Ohio State Highway Patrol; Sugarcreek Township Police Department; Wilberforce University Police Department; Xenia Police Division; and Yellow Springs Police Department.
  • The Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court hears misdemeanor offenses that occur in the jurisdiction of the Yellow Springs Police Department.  The Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court is held in the Byron Community Center, located at 100 Dayton Street just adjacent to downtown Yellow Springs.  The Byron Community Center also houses the Yellow Springs Police Department, which can be reached at: Non-Emergency: (937) 767-7206 or at dispatch@yso.com. For inquiries regarding court appearances, fine and costs amounts, court procedures and other court matters, you may call the Clerk of Court’s office at (937) 767-3400.  If you wish, you may remove your case from the Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court to the jurisdiction of the Xenia Municipal Court located at 101 N. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio.  Removal is a decision that should be made only after a complete consultation with an attorney familiar with the Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court and the Xenia Municipal Court.

Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (1-888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  Immediate help is available by filling out the CONTACT form on any of these pages.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DaytonDUI or Get Twitterupdates via SMS by texting follow DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and you can access updates by becoming a fan of Dayton DUI/OVI Defense.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Alcohol and Energy Drinks (by DaytonDUI.com)

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One 23.5 ounce can of the Four Loko alcoholic ...

In 2005, the Drink Four  Brewing Company introduced Four Loko to the American malt beverage market. The name “Four” is derived from the original energy drink’s four main ingredients: alcoholcaffeinetaurine, and guarana.  There are three product lines within the Four brand:

  • Four Loko — contains either 6%, 8%, or 12% alcohol by volume (ABV), depending on state regulations, and is packaged in 23.5 oz. cans
  • Poco Loko — contains 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), and is packaged in 16 oz. cans
  • Four Loko in bottles — contains either 6% or 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), and is packaged in 11.2 oz. glass bottles

Original formulations of both beverages were a malt liquor-based, caffeinated alcoholic energy drink with added guarana and taurine. The formulations were developed by three alumni of The Ohio State University: Chris Hunter, Jeff Wright, and Jaisen Freeman.  Almost immediately following the introduction of the drinks, a coalition formed in opposition to the beverage.  Critics suggested that consuming energy drinks with alcohol can be harmful in reducing the perception of alcohol intoxication and/or in leading to increased alcohol or drug consumption.

In 2009, a group of US state attorneys general began active investigations of companies which produced and sold caffeinated alcohol beverages, on the grounds that they were being inappropriately marketed to a teenage audience.  The attorneys general were also concerned that these drinks could pose health risks by masking feelings of intoxication.  Colleges and universities joined the chorus against the beverages in 2010 when they began to see injuries and blackouts related to the drink’s use.  The University of Rhode Island banned this product from their campus on November 5, 2010. [sourced via Wikipedia].  Several stores, including Tops Markets, Price Chopper and Wegmans have voluntarily pulled the product from their shelves.

Under mounting pressure, Phusion withdrew Four Loko from the State of New York in November, 2009.  The beverage was banned in Oregon by a 4-1 vote of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in that same month.  Citing health and safety concerns, Oklahoma joined the movement against the sale of Four Loko.  Michigan soon followed suit.  Id.  According to a statement from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, “The decision was made in light of several studies regarding alcohol energy drinks, the widespread community concerns aired by substance abuse prevention groups, parent groups and various members of the public, as well as the FDA’s decision to further investigate these products.” [source]  The New York State Liquor Authority moved for a full  ban as of November 19, 2010. New York state senator Chuck Schumer and New York City councilman James Sanders Jr. have approached the Obama administration to ban Four Loko across the state of New York.  Ohio did not join the stampede.  Instead, they took a wait and see approach.  “We are continuing to monitor the situation,” a representative of the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control said. “However, a legislative change would be needed to the statute in order for the superintendent to disapprove a product.” [source]

On November 17, 2010 the U.S. FDA Food and Drug Administration dropped the proverbial hammer.  They issued a warning letter to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcohol beverages citing that the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages is an “unsafe food additive” and said that further action, including seizure of their products, may occur under federal law.  It declared that beverages that combine caffeine with alcohol, such as Four energy drinks, are a “public health concern” and can’t stay on the market in their current form.  But is this drink really a public menace?

As reported at Alcohol Problem and Solution, a site maintained by Dr. David J. Hanson of the State University of New York, the research does not support the level of outrage generated by the public.  To examine the scientific evidence on the effects of mixing energy drinks and alcohol, a review of the research was conducted. It found

  • virtually no evidence that energy drinks influence any behavioral effects of alcohol,
  • no reliable evidence that energy drinks effect the perceived level of intoxication by drinkers,
  • no evidence that mixing energy drinks and alcohol leads to alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, and
  • no adverse health effects for healthy individuals from combining energy drinks and alcohol.

The review was conducted by researchers at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrect University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and published in the International Journal of General Medicine.  If you wish to review the research, please consult the following:

  • Greenemeier, L. Why Are Caffeinated Alcoholic Energy Drinks Dangerous? Scientific American, November 9, 2010.
  • Hendrick, B. Dangerous Cocktail: Energy Drinks + Alcohol: Mixing Booze With Energy Drinks Triples Risk of Getting Drunk. WebMD Health News, February 12, 2010.
  • Join Together Staff. Combining Energy Drubks with Alcohol More Dangerous than Drinking Alcohol Alone. JoinTogetherOnline.com, April 18, 2011.
  • Jones, S.C., et al. Why (not) alcohol energy drinks? A qualitative study with Australian university students. Drug and Alcohol Review, published online May 24, 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00319.x
  • Minderhout, C. Energy Drinks and Alcohol Still a Risky Mix. Food Safety News, May 2, 2011.
  • Park, A. A Bad Mix: Why Alcohol and Energy Drinks Are Dangerous:
    Healthland Time, April 18, 2011.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboroHuber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville 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”

Consequences of a Fake ID

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Fake IDs Have Real Consequences

Seal of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Source

If you are under the age of 21 years of age and you either (a) use someone else’s identification to buy alcohol, or (b) alter your identification to purchase alcohol, you will find yourself facing a multiplicity of consequences.  O.R.C. 4510.33 carries a one year license suspension.  You will be required to retake the driver’s license examination if the license is altered.  You will also be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  You can file an appeal within 20 days of the mailing of the notice in the municipal or county court, or if under the age of 18 years, in the juvenile court in whose jurisdiction such person resides. You must agree to pay the cost of the proceedings and allege error by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in the suspension of the license or in one or more of the matters within the scope of the hearing.  For more information on a Violation of Liquor Law, visit the Ohio BMV HERE.

A serious offense requires a serious attorney.  I have been fighting driving under suspension charges for over sixteen years. By fighting hard in the courtroom and negotiating intelligently outside of it, we work to avoid a conviction or mitigate the worst provisions of this charge.  Check me out by clicking on the “About Me” section of this blog and contact me at (937) 318-1384. I practice in Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, Vandalia, Huber Heights, Fairborn and I appear in all courts throughout the Miami Valley.

Juvenile OVI (Operating a Vehicle After Underage Consumption)

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Juvenile BAC Limit is .02 in Ohio

O.R.C. 4511.19(B) makes it illegal for persons under 21 years of age to drive a vehicle with a concentration of .02 percent, but less than .08 percent by weight of alcohol by whole blood or breath, or with an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine.  (1994 S.B. 82, eff. 5/4/94).  In 2004, amended R.C. 4511.19(B) renamed the offense “operating a vehicle after underage consumption” (OVUAC).  In State v. Gibson, 2000 WL 303134 (Ohio Ct. App. 4th Dist. Ross County 2000), the Fourth Appellate District held that “because the pers se limit for a violation is so minimal, an officer may have probable cause to arrest a person under twenty-one on more ‘subtle’ factors than tranditional indicia of probable cause for adult drivers.  You may hear DUI defense attorneys refer to OVUAC as “baby DUIs.”

Because some juvenile court magistrates do not see as many DUI cases as a municipal court judges, it is incumbent upon your OVI attorney to be prepared to explain the law as well as  advocate on your behalf.  Charles M. Rowland II has successfully fought for juvenile OVI offenders in Juvenile Courts, Common Pleas Courts and Municipal Courts throughout Ohio.  Charles Rowland understands the impact an OVUAC or underage consumption charge can have on sports eligibility, college admission and job opportunities.  Chances are Charles Rowland has represented a kid in your position.  Experience Matters!  Call Ohio OVUAC attorney Charles Rowland today at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384).