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A Trial Attorney’s Creed.

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. “It is not the responsibility of knights errant to discover whether the afflicted, the enchained and the oppressed whom they encounter on the…
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A Prosecutor’s Voir Dire Advantage: The Primacy & Recency Effect

In Ohio, the prosecuting attorney in a DUI/OVI trial gets to make the first presentation in voir dire, has the first opportunity to do opening and closing, and also has a rebuttal that follows the Defendant's closing argument.  Why is this a big advantage? Psychologists tell us that there is the tendency for the first items…
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The Trial Attorney Creed (from Don Quixote)

“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 succour them as people in need, having eyes only…
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Arrested for DUI? You Are Innocent.

If you tell your friends that you were arrested for punching someone in the face, their overwhelming reaction will be, "Wow, what happened?"  If, however, you tell them that you were arrested for DUI, those same friends will say, "Oh, I'm so sorry."  What is the difference?  When a person is facing a DUI charge,…
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Affirmative Defenses to a Driving Under Suspension Charge

Ohio law provides two affirmative defenses to the crime of driving under suspension.  Ohio Revised Code section 4510.04, Affirmative defenses to driving under suspension or cancellation, provides in pertinent part, It is an affirmative defense to any prosecution brought under section 4510.11, 4510.14, 4510.16, or 4510.21 of the Revised Code or under any substantially equivalent municipal ordinance that the alleged…
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Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: The One Leg Stand Test

The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) are a battery of three tests administered and evaluated in a standardized manner to obtain validated indicators of impairment and establish probable cause for arrest. These tests were developed as a result of research sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and conducted by the Southern California Research Institute. A formal…
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Distracted Driving or Drunk Driving?

Often, an officer's testimony of erratic driving is the most devastating piece of evidence against a person charged with DUI.  Just as often, DUI defense attorneys will overlook this evidence or make the decision not to cross examine on the issue, lest attention of the bad driving be highlighted before the jury.  This article will…
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Ohio DUI Law: Failure to File a Motion To Suppress

Should You File A Motion to Suppress? In State v. Thomas, 2011-Ohio-1987 (2nd Dist. Ct. App. 2011), the Defendant was convicted of felony OVI after a jury trial.  No motion to suppress was filed and it was determined during the jury trial that the officer wasn't sure whether he turned off his overhead lights during…
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DUI Law: Appellate Review & Motion to Suppress

I have written extensively about the importance of filing a motion to suppress to challenge the evidence that the State can use against a defendant in a DUI case.  Counsel can use the motion to suppress as an informal discovery tool, as an informal deposition of the State's witnesses, as a dry run of your…
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