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Are breath tests results reliable?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drinking while driving, you may be asked to take a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers in Ohio and in other parts of the United States often use breath tests to determine whether someone is driving with an alcohol level that is above the legal limit. The problem lies in the fact that roadside breath tests may not always give an accurate representation of one’s blood alcohol content level. This misreading may cause a person to be wrongfully charged with drinking and driving, even when their BAC level is below the legal limit.

Authorities arrest Dayton firefighter on OVI charges

In this most recent incident, the man reportedly refused any field sobriety tests before being released into his wife's custody. He was later arrested at his home for allegedly stealing his sister's car (which he had been a passenger in while she stopped to pick up food from a local restaurant). 

.05 Legal Limit: Challenge Accepted

Once upon a time, the law in Ohio created a presumption that a driver was impaired with a .15 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Then the law changed and created a "per se" violation of the law at a .10 BAC. It has since been reduced a legal limit of a .08 BAC. The NHTSA Manual for DWI Detection states that a 175 man would need to drink 4 beers in an hour to reach the current legal limit. This has been the frame of reference for people across the nation when making the decision of whether to get behind the wheel.

Ohio's response to OVI arrests

The entire holiday season is one meant to be filled with relaxation and joyous times -- this is, after all, the sentiment of most Ohio residents who celebrate around this time of year. Yet by the same token, the holidays can bring about trouble when travelling. This can be especially true when spirits are high and substances are mixed, leaving drivers in tricky situations. Although the new year has begun, there are many still celebrating with family and friends this winter season. Are there particular risks one should be aware of if driving impaired?

Are DUI checkpoints legal?

Holiday parties in Ohio are sometimes a little too much fun, but you stopped drinking a while ago and switched to coffee. You feel confident and competent to drive home, at least until you find yourself among all the other drivers inching through a sobriety checkpoint.

Saia & Piatt Sets Up Breathalyzer Station at Taste CLE's Tequila Fest

On September 24th, 2017, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt sponsored Taste CLE's Event "Tequila Fest Willoughby 2017" located in Downtown Willoughby, Ohio, a small town suburb on the east side of Cleveland. The five hour event featured over 20 tequila brands and a total of 45 different types of tequila to sample. Attendees toured the town and its restaurants, sipping tequila in the shade and listening to live music.

Is 0.08 the only legal limit in Ohio?

For years, one number has been hammered over and over in your head as well as those of every other driver in Columbus: 0.08. That is the percentage of blood alcohol content that law enforcement uses to determine whether or not you are legally drunk. Most hold to that number as the standard for alcohol content testing, yet as it turns out, there are other legal limits out there that you likely know little about. 

Drunk biking is drunk driving

Gone are the days when a person in Ohio could not get in much trouble riding a bike. Until more recent years, operating a bike while intoxicated did not land a person in legal trouble like driving a car drunk did.

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