Legal Blog & Information

What to Do if pulled Over for an OVI

Police officers in Ohio need only reasonable suspicion that you may be driving under the influence of alcohol in order to pull you over and investigate. In Ohio, the charge of driving while intoxicated is referred to as operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or OVI. So, what do you do… read more

Sobriety Checkpoints in Ohio

Sobriety checkpoints are a widely debated topic for a variety of reasons. Some people hold the belief, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the issue, that they violate the Constitution. For others, the actual effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints is questioned. But, regardless of your opinion of them, they are utilized in Ohio, and… read more

The Ohio Field Sobriety Test

There is no feeling quite like looking in your rearview mirror while driving to see the red and blue flashing lights of a police car. The sick feeling only intensifies when the police inform you that you are being pulled over because you are suspected of operating your vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,… read more

The Interstate Driver’s License Compact

Did you know that your driving record in one state is being shared with officials in most other states? The Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC) is an agreement between 45 states and the District of Columbia to share and exchange information regarding your driving record and driving violations. In essence, a driver has only one… read more

Clark County Sheriff Refuses to Conduct “No Refusal” Checkpoints

After receiving strong negative feedback, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will not participate in another “no refusal” OVI checkpoint. A “no refusal” checkpoint is a checkpoint at which prosecutors, magistrates, and nurses are available to obtain a warrant and conduct a blood draw on motorists suspected of driving under the influence… read more

Man Faces Seven Years in Prison After 10th OVI Conviction

Springfield resident James Burkitt was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for his most recent OVI conviction. The steep sentence was imposed after it was discovered this most recent OVI conviction was his seventh since 1996 and his tenth since 1988. (In other words, Mr. Burkitt averaged an OVI conviction every 2.6 years for… read more

What is a Motion to Suppress?

Any criminal case has important deadlines, and a Dayton OVI case is no different. One important deadline occurs 35 days after arraignment (arraignment is the court hearing at which you enter your plea of guilty or not guilty to the charge). Missing this important deadline robs the driver charged with an OVI of a critical… read more

When The Going Gets Tough

You want a tough lawyer that can get going on your case. Our criminal defense lawyers enjoy fighting tough cases that we can investigate.  Almost every case has something wrong with it.  It is usually just a matter of looking close enough at the facts.  When we are fighting a case that will not work… read more

Dollars And Sense Of DUI

A DUI will cost you.  Initially it costs you your dignity when you are arrested.  It can cost you your good name.  It will cost you your freedom to drive where and when you want.  It will cost you your privilege to drive.  It will cost you money in the form of missed time at… read more

Why You Should Oppose Annie’s Law

Up front: This blog is not meant in any way to disrespect the family and friends of Annie Rooney who, in her loving memory, have promoted Annie’s Law with nothing but good intentions and concern for public safety. That said, here is why it is permissible for you to oppose Annie’s Law, an Ohio Bill… read more