You hear a lot of phrases used to describe drunk driving violations. While driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are quite common in many states, Ohio uses the phrase operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). The Ohio State Bar Association explains the reasoning behind this, as well as other facets of OVI law and arrests.
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.
‘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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?