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Blog Posts in June, 2011

  • Ohio House Bans Texting While Driving

    Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 99 , legislation that would ban texting while driving, in an 88-10 vote. According to the text of the Bill, it "prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street, highway, or property open to the public for vehicular traffic while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, ...
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  • Victory for DUI/OVI Defense in Bullcoming v. New Mexico

    Last Thursday, DUI/OVI defense attorneys scored a huge victory for defendants' rights when the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in Bullcoming v. New Mexico , 131 S.Ct. 587 (2010), affirming its previous decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts , 129 S.Ct. 2527 (2009). In Melendez-Diaz , the Court held that, pursuant to the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, forensic ...
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  • Ohio DUI / OVI FAQ

    What is the blood alcohol limit in Ohio? General BAC limit: 0.08% Commercial Vehicle Drivers: 0.04% Drivers Under Age 21 ("Zero Tolerance"): 0.02% "Enhanced Penalty" BAC Level: 0.17% Does Ohio have an "implied consent" law? Yes. Refusing a BAC test in Ohio will result in automatic suspension of your driver's license. What Are the Penalties for OVI in Ohio? 1st Offense Possible Penalties: At least ...
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  • Debunking OVI / DUI Myths

    Everyone knows someone who seems to know how to beat a breathalyzer or who heard a story about a guy who got cited for OVI /DUI because he had used mouthwash prior to taking the test. For every one of these myths that has a grain of truth, there are five that are completely bogus. These are a few. MYTH #1 : Placing pennies under your tongue will allow you to pass a breathalyzer test. FACT : A ...
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