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Disputing field sobriety test results

Operating a vehicle intoxicated is against the law in Ohio. If law enforcement pulls you over and requests that you take a field sobriety test, you can refuse. Unfortunately, the consequences of declining may include spending the night in jail. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc, we have experience representing clients who challenge the results of these tests.

How could a sobriety checkpoint affect you this holiday season?

‘Tis the season for family, friends, celebrations and - drunk driving charges? As you know, many Ohio residents include alcohol in their festivities during the holidays. Law enforcement is also aware of this, and takes steps during key holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, to catch drunk drivers before they can cause an accident.

Problems with field sobriety tests

Have you been arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense in Ohio? If so, you are no doubt interested in learning as much as you can about your options to defend yourself against this charge. One of the things you should know is that the three roadside tests used by law enforcement officers before your arrest, called field sobriety tests, each have a defined rate of inaccuracy. Your health may even be a reason that you could not satisfactorily pass one, two or all three of these tests.

How can I be treated for alcohol addiction?

Legal issues that arise from alcohol abuse can alter your life drastically. That’s why people in Columbus recently charged with an OVI should consider whether they need help for alcohol abuse. Not only can alcoholism result in legal woes, it can also harm relationships with friends and family and cause severe health issues. WebMD explains your treatment options if you suspect you have an alcohol abuse problem.

Factors that influence alcohol metabolism

One of the more common questions people in Columbus have regarding the issue of drunk driving is how many drinks will cause them to become intoxicated? Many hope this will help them know exactly then they will feel drunk. Unfortunately, there truly is no general answer to the question of how much alcohol will cause one to become drunk. That is because people's bodies metabolize alcohol differently. 

Drunk driving may alter the lives of many

A 63-year-old Ohio man recently was arrested for his fifth operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) offense after crashing his car into a utility pole in the northern part of the state. According to authorities, alcohol as well as distracted driving played factors in the accident.

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?

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