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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.

Avoiding an OVI This Holiday Season

facebook-googleplus.pngIt'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.

SMILE - You're on Candid Camera!

Jessica-Fallon.pngCivilian 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.

Lack of Evidence Led to Dismissal of Judge's OVI Charge

Jon-Saia.pngEarlier 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.

Jon Saia Speaks at OACDL Advanced OVI/DUI Defense Seminar

OACDL.pngThe Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) seeks to inform and better equip defense attorneys through its annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar & Trial Skills Academy . This year's event was held March 12-14, and numerous expert presenters were invited to speak about the defense of breathalyzer machine evidence.

The Enemy of the Enemy is My Friend (Unless that Enemy is the Ohio Department of Health)

Joseph-Hada.pngIn most OVI cases, OVI/DUI Defense Attorneys find themselves locking horns with prosecutors across the State of Ohio. However, a new ploy by the Ohio Department of Health has left defense attorneys on the sideline to watch what can best be described as a battle between bickering siblings.

School and Employment Applications: What do I have to disclose?

Jessica-Fallon.pngI often get phone calls from previous clients who are applying for school or for a new job and want to know if they have disclose a conviction for a Reckless Operation, a Physical Control or an OVI. The answer depends completely on how the question is posed and the type of position for which you are applying.

Attorney Jon Saia Completes Forensic Chromatography Course

Jon-Saia-Forensic-Chromatography-Course[2].jpgThe validity and accuracy of blood test results are often disputed during OVI and DUI trials. In order to provide our clients with the best possible defense against drunk driving charges, Attorney Jon Saia recently completed a course in Forensic Chromatography. Understanding the complicated steps that are involved in properly testing blood alcohol levels will help Attorney Saia assess the legitimacy of the blood test evidence brought against our clients.

Field Sobriety Tests: What You Need to Know

Jessica-Fallon.pngWhy do police officers make suspected drunk drivers stare at a pen, stand on one leg, and walk a straight line? These "tests" are called "Standardized Field Sobriety Tests" (SFST) and were developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a way for law enforcement to establish a standardized method to help them determine whether an individual is too impaired to drive. However, these tests are actually meant to predict the probability that an individual's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is higher than .08, the legal limit in most states.

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