Category Archives: Breath Testing

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OVI Law: Elimination of Alcohol By Oxidation

OVI law requires an understanding of how alcohol enters, affects and exits the body.  Here is a brief overview of the elimination process. Alcohol exits the human body by being oxidized by a number of very important enzymes.  Foremost among these enzymes are ADH (alcohol dehydrogenase) and ALDH (aldehyde dehydrogenase).  Over 90% of the ingested…
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Is It A Crime To Refuse To Take A Breath Test?

Is it a crime to refuse to take a breath test? Ohio has adopted O.R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) which makes it a crime to refuse to take an evidentiary chemical test if you have a prior OVI (drunk driving)  or OVUAC (juvenile/underage drunk driving) conviction any time within the last twenty (20) years.  If you refuse and…
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DUI Case Law Update: State v. Ilg

DUI case law update: State v. Ilg, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4258 For most of my career I have had to deal with a tremendous disadvantage in DUI cases.  In 1984, the Ohio Supreme Court decided State v. Vega, 12 Ohio St. 3d 185, 465 N.E.2d 1303 (1984) which was interpreted to prevent an attack on the…
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When Stopped On Suspicion of DUI – Should I Blow?

When you are stopped on suspicion of DUI the question becomes - "Should I Blow?"  Unfortunately, the answer is "maybe" and involves a very complicated investigation of the facts of your case and your personal history.  You should NEVER refuse the test without understanding how a refusal would affect YOU.  No attorney can know all…
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Alcohol And Your Body: A Primer

About 20% of the alcohol (actually the impairing substance is ethanol) in your beverage is absorbed in the stomach and the remaining 80% is absorbed in the small intestine.  How fast it is absorbed is dependent on various factors. The higher the percentage in the beverage, the faster the absorption; Are you mixing? Carbonated beverages tend…
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Methods for Obtaining A Test Under Ohio’s Implied Consent Law

    When you drive on Ohio's roadways you are assumed to have consented to a search of your blood, breath, plasma or urine if you are arrested pursuant to the Ohio Drunk Driving statute, R.C. 4511.19(A) or R.C. 4511.19(B). Ohio Revised Code 4511.191(A)(2) is Ohio's Implied Consent Law. It states, in pertinent part,  …
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The Ohio OVI Breath Test – How To Fight And Win

You may think that any person who takes an OVI breath test and blows above Ohio's .08 legal limit is guilty of OVI.  This is not the case. Ohio employs a device called the Intoxilyzer 8000.  This device has many problems in its operation.  In fact, after a lengthy hearing on the Intoxilyzer 8000, a…
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Problems With The Intoxilyzer 8000: You Blew Too Much!

The Intoxilyzer 8000 measures how much breath you provide by something called a 'pressure transducer.' Instead of directly measuring the volume of your breath by a pressure switch, like the old Intoxilyzer 5000 did, the 8000 indirectly measures breath. Not only is it needlessly complicated, it simply doesn't work! The flow sensor systems in Florida's…
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Laser DUI Detectors Being Developed

Laser DUI detectors are on the way! Imagine driving down the street and having a police laser passively check your car for alcohol vapors.  According to the Huffington Post, scientists at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, successfully tested the device by aiming its laser at a car passing by at a distance of…
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Are You Fat? Old? A Woman? Then The DUI Laws Are Biased Against You

Did you know that the DUI laws are inherently biased against most of us? Alcohol loves water and will move into spaces where water is the most prevalent.  Fatty portions of the body have a low water content and absorb little of the alcohol, while muscular portions of the body have a high water content…
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