How to Challenge Urine Test Results in Ohio

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge based upon a urine test, do not fret. It has been scientifically established that amongst the three most common methods used to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in a DUI case, the urine test method is the least accurate. Yes, you read that correctly… read more

Understanding the Ramifications of Repeat DUI/OVI Convictions in Ohio

If you are charged with a DUI/OVI (i.e. driving under the influence/operating a vehicle while intoxicated) in Ohio and already have a DUI/OVI conviction on your record, be prepared for a fight. Many prosecutors are not lenient on defendants who already have a DUI/OVI conviction. Furthermore, the penalties, under Ohio law, become more severe with… read more

Ohio Ranked as One of the Most Lenient States on Drunk Drivers

The website WalletHub recently ranked all 50 states according to how strict they are on drivers charged with driving under the influence. Surprisingly, Ohio is ranked near the bottom of the list, meaning it is considered one of the more “lenient” states when it comes to punishing alleged drunk drivers. Ohio came in at No…. read more

Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol

If you enjoy boating, Ohio offers plenty of opportunities for you, from the Ohio River to the thousands of lakes and rivers, including one of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie. There are numerous reasons for boating, such as fishing or simply enjoying a nice day on the water. And whatever the reason for boating,… read more

Ohio’s Implied Consent Law

If you are a driver in Ohio, it is important to be aware of the implied consent law related to operating a vehicle while under the influence. In the unfortunate event that you are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, having knowledge of the implied consent law can be beneficial. Meaning of Implied Consent Under… read more

Drinking and Driving when Under 21 in Ohio

Though consuming alcohol while under the age of 21 is illegal, it is a well-known fact that it happens every day around the country. Underage drinking becomes much more serious when it is coupled with driving. As a result, Ohio (like many states) treats underage drinking and driving differently than adult drinking and driving. It… read more

DUI Like a Celebrity

If you have ever envied the lifestyle of a celebrity, there is one way you can have that experience. Go out and get a DUI. You may even get your picture on every site on the Internet, just like Justin Bieber. Step One – Smell the Part The first step is to take a big… read more

The Right Against Self Incrimination

One thing to keep in mind is that Miranda extends to misdemeanor offenses as well.  This was not always the case. Early on Miranda was not extend to OVI matters or to any misdemeanors in Ohio.  Thus, Ohio only applied Miranda to felonies.  This was decided in the case State v. Pyle.  The court in… read more

Probable Cause for Arrest After a Warrantless Home Entry in Ohio

The 4th Amendment affords the right “of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”  Thus, there is a presumption of unreasonableness for all warrantless entries into someone’s home.  The government may combat… read more

Probable Cause to Arrest for a Columbus, Ohio OVI After An Accident

It has been held in Ohio courts that an accident and an idea of alcohol is enough to establish probable cause to arrest. This was defined in State v. Hummel in which there was a motorcycle accident that was not observed and the motorcycle was lying in the middle of the road.  The defendant as… read more