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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

Make Sure You Read Your Letter To Drive

Who reads anything anyway? You should.  Especially where it relates to a letter to drive from court. That is what you get when a court grants limited driving privileges on a suspension in Dayton, Ohio for DUI, OVI, or other offense.  If you don’t make sure you leave court with proof of what the judge… read more

Dayton OVI Lawyer Speaks

I presented at the Annual Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or OACDL, Advanced OVI Seminar in Columbus last week. I focused on changes if the Ohio Administrative Code, OAC. The OAC regulates how blood, breath, and urine testing is to be conducted in cases that are being prosecuted for DUI in Ohio. The… read more

Invalidity Of HGN Eye Test

I taught a continuing education seminar yesterday at UC Law School.  My focus was on the validity of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, or HGN.  This is a bouncing of the eye as it gazes to the side. This the first test done on most DUI suspects in the Dayton Ohio area.  The officer will… read more