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Driving Is A Right – Not A Privilege!

Driving Is A Right - Not A Privilege! Have you ever been told that "driving is a privilege?" Bah! This author argues that case law needs to be expanded to include “driving” as a fundamental right under the First Amendment’s Freedom of Assembly. Thus, the analysis should be under the substantive due process analysis not…
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Why The ALS Suspension Is Unconstitutional

We are often asked how the arresting officer is authorized to take a persons' license under the ALS suspension, and whether or not this is constitutional.  The dilemma presented by Ohio DUI Law is this: If I am innocent until proven guilty, how can they punish me by immediately taking my license when I am…
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Police Do Not Need To Know Law To Enforce It – Heien v. North Carolina

Heien v. North Carolina, No. 13–604. Argued October 6, 2014—Decided December 15, 2014 ; another case giving police more power to stop and arrest and another body blow to the Fourth Amendment. In 2009, Nicholas Heien and a friend were traveling on a highway in North Carolina when they were stopped for having a broken tail…
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Holiday DUI Blitz Begins December 6th

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced its annual "Holiday DUI Blitz."  The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing. The holiday dui  initiative will take place from Friday, December 5 at…
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Ignition Interlock Bill Dies In Committee

Annie's Law (H.B. 469) a bill that would have required all first-time OVI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles has failed to garner enough votes to make it out of committee.  The bill, in its proposed form would have required a driver to blow into the the device to start the car,…
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Affirmative Defenses for Prescription Drug OVI Charges in Ohio

Did you get a prescription drug OVI?  Do you have a valid prescription? Ohio and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have made enforcement of DUI laws against illegal and prescription drugs a priority.  Throughout the state, this means that you now face arrest if you are taking many common prescription medications.  Given that upwards of…
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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 Law Update: MADD Gets Its Cake And Eats It Too!

This DUI law update sets forth an alternate interpretation of MADDs attempt to pass Annie's Law.  Is it possible that MADD has seen the error of its ways and is seeking to do damage control?  The most common complaint about DUI enforcement in the State of Ohio concerns the ability of a police officer to…
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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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DUI Law: What Did SCOTUS Say In Missouri v. McNeely

If you have been following developments in DUI law, you have no doubt heard about the United States Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely, 133 S.Ct. 1552 (2013).  The case deals with when, and under what circumstances the government is required to seek a warrant prior to drawing blood from a suspected DUI offender.…
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