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DUI attorney Charles Rowland represents the accused drunk driver in Ohio.

Alcohol On Your Breath? So What!

Have we reached a point where the mere presence of alcohol on the breath is enough to place a person under arrest?  We ask this question because the "odor of an alcoholic beverage" is the first and most relied upon clue an officer notes in his or her report.  Not only does it determine that…
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Kettering Municipal Court – What Do I Plead?

On its site, the Kettering Municipal Court offers an explanation of the three possible pleas you may enter in your case.   The court states as follows: Pleas You May Enter and Your Rights Under These Pleas You may choose to enter any of these pleas when you appear before the Judge: NOT GUILTY PLEA…
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What is a Physical Control Violation? Is It Better Than An OVI?

Why should I consider a reduction to Physical Control? While a “physical control” conviction (O.R.C. 4511.194)  is similar to an OVI conviction (O.R.C. 4511.19) in that both are alcohol-related first degree misdemeanors, the PC conviction does not carry mandatory minimum penalties. In fact, a court may give proportionally lighter penalties due to the fact that…
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Ohio State Highway Patrol – Ohio’s Drug Warriors

A state law passed in 2012 banned knowingly possessing hidden compartments in vehicles that are designed to conceal elicit drugs or evidence. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has used this law in their role as Ohio's leading drug warriors. Since 2012, OSP has tallied 24 cases of hidden compartment violations and counting.  Punishments are steep…
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How To Properly Evaluate A Plea Offer

We have all seen this scenario: An attorney triumphantly bounds out of a prosecutor's office and announced that he or she just got the best plea offer ever!  But is it? When evaluating a plea offer keep in mind the "Cleanest Pig In The Pen Fallacy."   As attorneys, often justify our actions, our plea…
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College Students and Binge Drinking

While there is not a consensus definition of what "binge drinking" is, we know that college students do a lot of it and they do it with beer.  When a person consumes heavily with the intention of achieving intoxication above .08% BAC, they are 74.4 percent of the time doing it with beer. (Nami, et…
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St. Patrick’s Day DUI Blitz

It's here... OVI checkpoint season has begun in Ohio.  The following counties have announced increased grant-funded (saturation) patrols starting Friday, March 13th: Miami County, Montgomery County, Greene County, Warren County. Montgomery County will hold two sobriety checkpoints and we will bring you the locations as soon as we get the word. Middletown OVI checkpoint: The…
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DUI Attorney Ethics Rule 1.1 – Competence

The first ethical rule for a DUI attorney is set forth at the American Bar Association - Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1. This is the rule regarding competence.  It states, "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the…
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Montgomery County DUI Information On-Line

If you are looking for Montgomery County DUI information on-line, please follow the links below.  Since most DUI cases are heard in a municipal court, included first are all of the Montgomery County Municipal Courts.  If your charge includes a felony charge, it will be within the jurisdiction of the Montgomery County Court of Common…
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Top 10 Defenses to an Ohio OVI

When people need an Ohio OVI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win drunk driving cases. Countless attorneys handle impaired driving cases,  but only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training,…
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