New Annie’s Law’s Ignition Interlock Requirements Face Unique Challenges in Rural Ohio

May 24, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on New Annie’s Law’s Ignition Interlock Requirements Face Unique Challenges in Rural Ohio

IGNITION INTERLOCK CREATES UNFORSEEN ISSUES FOR RESIDENTS OF OHIO’S RURAL COUNTIES Ohio has recently changed its OVI law, which governs operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Under “Annie’s Law”, Ohio’s OVI penalties puts much more reliance on ignition interlock devices. These machines monitor the levels of alcohol in a person’s […]

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Ohio ALS Suspension Terminated in OVI Case Due to Police Officer Error

May 16, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Ohio ALS Suspension Terminated in OVI Case Due to Police Officer Error

CAN AN OHIO ALS SUSPENSION (ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION) BE TERMINATED DUE TO A POLICE ERROR? The Ohio Court of Appeals recently held that if a police officer doesn’t follow statutory procedure when putting a driver on an Ohio ALS suspension (Administrative License Suspension), the driver is entitled to an immediate termination of the license suspension. Toledo v. […]

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Ignition Interlock Devices: New Penalties & False Positives

April 23, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Ignition Interlock Devices: New Penalties & False Positives

IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES: OHIO’S NEW INTERLOCK PENALTIES & INTERLOCK FALSE POSITIVES  Ohio has recently changed its OVI law, which governs operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Under the new language of the law, Ohio puts much more reliance on ignition interlock devices. These machines monitor the levels of alcohol in […]

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Should You Plead No Contest to an OVI (DUI) Charge?

April 01, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Should You Plead No Contest to an OVI (DUI) Charge?

SHOULD YOU PLEAD NO CONTEST WHEN CHARGED WITH AN OVI IN OHIO? Pleading “no contest” is often misunderstood.  Many people confuse “no contest” with “not guilty” but the two pleas are not at all the same.  In fact, pleading “no contest” is essentially a guilty plea.  If you plead “no contest,” you have no opportunity to […]

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Franklin County OVI Dismissed Where Officer Cited Only Speeding, Slurred Speech and Moderate Odor of Alcohol in Support of Arrest

March 09, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Franklin County OVI Dismissed Where Officer Cited Only Speeding, Slurred Speech and Moderate Odor of Alcohol in Support of Arrest

The Franklin County Court of Appeals recently decided an interesting OVI case – State v. Bracken, 2017 Ohio 721.   The only evidence of impairment the officer cited were: Speeding A moderate odor of alcohol and The driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The court found that these factors alone were NOT enough to establish […]

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When Can Police Pull You Over On Your Bicycle?

March 05, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   search and seizure   |   Comments Off on When Can Police Pull You Over On Your Bicycle?

  WHEN CAN POLICE STOP A BICYCLE RIDER? The Ohio Court of Appeals recently held in State v. Swift, 2016-Ohio-8191 that police must have reasonable suspicion that a crime or traffic violation has occurred before stopping a bicycle rider.  Bicycle riders have the same constitutional rights as any driver on the road.  In Swift, the […]

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Can You Be Arrested for OVI Based on a Random License Plate Check?

March 02, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Can You Be Arrested for OVI Based on a Random License Plate Check?

CAN AN OFFICER ARREST YOU FOR OVI BASED ON A RANDOM LICENSE PLATE CHECK? A random license plate check happens when a police officer runs the license plate number of a vehicle to check for license suspensions, expired tags, or warrants.  But is this allowed?  Is stopping someone based on a random license plate check […]

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Ohio’s New Expanded Concealed Carry Law

February 28, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   concealed carry law   |   Comments Off on Ohio’s New Expanded Concealed Carry Law

  At the close of 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law (S.B. 199) that greatly expands the provisions of Ohio’s Concealed Carry legislation. The language of the expansion to the law now allows for employees to store their licensed handguns in vehicles owned by their employers. The new law also addresses […]

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Ohio’s New OVI “Look Back” Period

January 31, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on Ohio’s New OVI “Look Back” Period

Governor Kasich recently signed into law House Bill 388, also known as “Annie’s Law,” that greatly alters the law in Ohio as it relates to operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI). Included in the new legislation is language that will extend the amount of time in the “look back” provision […]

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New OVI Penalties Under Annie’s Law

January 26, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus, Ohio DUI Law   |   Comments Off on New OVI Penalties Under Annie’s Law

On January 4, 2017, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 388, also known as “Annie’s Law,” into law. This OVI new law will drastically alter OVI (drunk driving) law and penalties in Ohio. Before the law goes into effect in April 6, it is important to take note of the new OVI penalties under the law. […]

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