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Tiger Woods likely to enter drunk driver diversion program

Golf legend Tiger Woods appears to be on the verge of settling his drunk driving case via plea bargain, although no deal is in place as of yet. The prosecutor in the case told reporters that Woods is expected to enter a first-time drunk driver diversion program in which defendants can plead their cases down to a lesser charge of reckless driving. To avoid a drunk driving conviction, they must meet several conditions including probation, community service and attendance at a victim impact panel.

Ohio State Patrol stopped 1,000 vehicles July 4 weekend

The July 4th holiday weekend has come and gone and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released some statistics from the weekend. Even though the holiday was on a Tuesday, many people enjoyed a very long holiday weekend from Friday through Tuesday, causing gridlock everywhere as families traveled to and from fireworks displays.

New penalty for drunk drivers: Download Uber or Lyft

A conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) already comes with serious penalties, from driver's license suspension to fines to time behind bars. However, one Ohio judge is adding on a new penalty, one he believes will prevent repeat offenses: a requirement to download a ride-sharing app.

Arrested for OVI over the holiday? Act now to save your license.

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Ohio, your driving privileges are at immediate risk. You may know that your driver’s license can be suspended if you are convicted, but many people don’t realize that an administrative license suspension, or ALS, is put in place right away.

Annie's Law is now in effect

Annie's Law, which was passed into law in January, went into effect in April. It's goal is to keep drunk drivers off the streets of Ohio. This law will impact how people convicted of drinking and driving are punished. 

Jon Saia instructs OVI standardized field sobriety test course

Jon Saia, along with Robert La Pier and Ken Bossin, recently led a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test course in Cleveland, Ohio. Saia instructed students on the proper way to perform roadside field sobriety testing, an essential skill for attorneys practicing OVI/DWI defense. The course is the same one taken by law enforcement officers. Saia has been certified to train students in DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing since 2005 and has helped many attorneys across Ohio sharpen their skills through these courses. With his training, he has also given expert testimony in OVI cases regarding field sobriety testing and procedures.

You can get an OVI even if you were legally prescribed medication

The state of Ohio takes a dim view of those who operate motor vehicles while drunk or under the influence of any drug. Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) charges can have serious, long-lasting repercussions for drivers in Ohio. You could face fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Some people are mistakenly under the impression that drugs that a doctor prescribed are not subject to OVI enforcement. That misconception can result in you facing serious criminal charges. In the state of Ohio, you can face OVI charges and a conviction for an OVI even for legal prescription drugs.

Common defenses to drunk driving in Ohio

Drunk driving is serious and something that law enforcement agencies are doing their best to curb. Being pulled over for a DUI stop can be scary and stressful, especially for those who have never been pulled over by a police officer. Being arrested and charged with DUI does not have to be the end of the road for you. There are defenses to drunk driving that can be used in court to have the charges reduced or dropped.

Driving while drugged in Ohio

When people think of driving while under the influence, the first thing to come to mind is usually alcohol. While alcohol is still the most common intoxicant in intoxicated driving cases, these is a rising trend that is causing lots of people large amounts of concern: driving while drugged.

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