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.
For many people, St. Patrick's Day is a time for celebration - whether they have Irish ancestry or not. This celebrating often includes drinking alcohol, as it is the fourth most popular drinking holiday in the U.S., behind New Year's Eve, Christmas and Independence Day.
After hearing oral arguments on April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a landmark (in the OVI world) decision today in the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota, et al. The question posed to the Court was whether a blood or breath test can be taken without a warrant and if a warrant is not required, whether an individual can be charged with a crime for refusing to take a chemical test. Currently 13 states criminalize certain refusals, including Ohio.
If you have a friend or relative who has been incarcerated, you want them home as soon as possible. Judicial Release is one way in which an incarcerated individual may be able to come home early.
Memorial Day weekend 2016 is right around the corner. While that means many of us are planning BBQs and backyard celebrations, local law enforcement agencies are preparing for something else: an increase in possible drunk drivers on the road. Every year, Columbus and surrounding areas see increased vigilance from police agencies ready to crackdown on OVI/DUI offenders.
It's the holiday season once again. For most of us, that means more family gatherings, parties, and community events. For law enforcement, it means more drunk drivers on the road, more patrols, and more arrests.
In a recent ruling, The Ohio Supreme Court clarified the correct, potential sentencing for repeat OVI offenders. In the opinion from Justice Judith L. French, OVI defendants who qualify as repeat offenders are subject to not only penalties from their original offense, but penalties provided by the repeat offender statute.
If you're like thousands of other residents of the Greater Columbus area, you're planning on traveling to take part in Labor Day festivities this weekend. Every year, along with all the BBQs and poolside fun with friends and family, Labor Day weekend brings a spike in drunk driving activity. Local law enforcement knows this, and in the last several years police departments have deployed a coordinated effort to identify drunk drivers and charge them with OVI.
Civilian recordings of interactions with law enforcement have been all over the news lately. Many citizens have come to the conclusion that using a cell phone to record a traffic stop or other police confrontation is the only way to ensure that their rights are protected and that an officer does not overstep legal boundaries.
Earlier this month, Attorney Jon Saia successfully secured the dismissal of an OVI charge for his client, Judge Dean Wilson. Last week, the prosecution admitted that they agreed to drop the OVI charges because they concurred with Attorney Saia-- there was a critical lack of evidence to support a drunk driving charge.