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  • DUI CHECKPOINT UPDATE

    The Ninth District Court of Appeals recently came out with an important decision regarding probable cause to arrest at DUI checkpoints. The case arose in Summit County, Ohio and is captioned State of Ohio v Steven Hopp. DUI checkpoints have been frequently used in Ohio. At these checkpoints the police set up at a location and stop motor vehicles passing through to check for signs of impaired ...
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  • Police Dash Cams and Their Use in DUI Cases

    As technology continues to improve, the use of video cameras in dashboard cameras and body cameras by police has increased dramatically. These videos are now a crucial part of a DUI case. Dashboard mounted cameras are continuously running. Most will automatically turn on and record when the officer activates his overhead lights, but they can be manually activated as well. Once turned on the camera ...
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  • What To Do If You Are Pulled Over and Have Been Drinking

    Police Officers everywhere are putting an increased emphasis on DUI enforcement. As a result more and more people are being pulled over for minor traffic violations. Every year many people who felt they were perfectly fine to drive are arrested for DUI. The following is an explanation of a common sense way to conduct yourself if you have been pulled over and have been drinking. The first thing you ...
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  • Little Known Traffic Violations Used By The Police To Stop And Check For DUIs. Part 2

    There are a number of traffic violations which many people don’t even realize are against the law. These violations are often used by the Police and Highway Patrol to make traffic stops, especially at night to check for impaired drivers. This is part of a series of blogs I will be writing to provide information on some of these offenses. The next offense we will discuss is “Operating in a Weaving ...
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  • Little Known Traffic Violations Used By The Police To Stop And Check For DUIs. Part 1

    There are a number of traffic violations which many people don’t even realize are against the law. These violations are often used by the Police and Highway Patrol to make traffic stops, especially at night to check for impaired drivers. This is part of a series of blogs I will be writing to provide information on some of these offenses. The first offense we will discuss is Ohio Revised Code ...
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  • What to Know about Ohio's New Open Container Law

    A bill was passed by the House and Senate in Ohio that would allow an adult to carry an open container of alcohol in “outdoor refreshment areas”. Governor Kasich signed the bill and it is effective immediately. Provided the alcohol was purchased in a designated zone, these areas would be exempt from normal city open container laws. The objective of the bill is to create tourist friendly ...
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  • Thinking About Drinking At The Republican Convention?

    Following the miraculous victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers, anyone who found themselves celebrating in Northeast Ohio witnessed something not seen in fifty-two years, a championship. Following game seven, and especially during the victory parade, the people of Cleveland could be found not only celebrating in the local bars, but also on the streets. Even with the presence of police it was not ...
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  • Marijuana use and D.U.I.

    We are currently seeing an increase in arrests for Driving Under the Influence for persons suspected of using marijuana. As Ohio moves towards the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use this situation is likely to increase even further. The Ohio law prohibiting Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (commonly referred to as O.V.I. or D.U.I.) covers alcohol and/or drugs ...
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  • St. Patrick's Day and DUI checkpoints - Breaking News!

    BREAKING NEWS! Summit County Task Force is preparing for a significant presence on St. Patty's day! It is reported that there will be multiple DUI checkpoints throughout the Summit County area. It is confirmed that the Summit County Task Force will be conducting Checkpoints on Market street next to the WQMX radio station and on West Exchange between Rand and Maple from 7 PM to midnight. Please be ...
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  • Increase in Drugged Driving in Ohio

    Many drivers might not know that drugged driving results in the same penalties as drunk driving in the state of Ohio. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that higher number of teens driving while under the influence of marijuana than alcohol. According to a survey, 1 in 6 teens reported to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last two weeks and 1 in 4 ...
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  • What you need to know about Field Sobriety Tests

    In Ohio, there are three types of field sobriety tests that are commonly used by police officers who are investigating a possible DUI case. These tests have been promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, otherwise known as NHTSA. The three tests commonly used are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus , which most people refer to as the "eye test" or the "pen test", The Walk and ...
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  • What you need to know about DUI Checkpoints

    Now that the holidays are here, local police officers will be setting up DUI Checkpoints on a regular basis. Normally the police are required to observe traffic violations in order to stop drivers, however the law provides that in certain circumstances they can set up checkpoints in order to investigate whether drivers are operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol. The normal method ...
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  • Monitoring Your BAC

    In Ohio, like in every state, the legal blood alcohol percentage legal limit is 0.08%. Everyone knows that they shouldn’t drink and drive. Many people think they have a system figured out to get right under the limit and still be able to drive. They think they know when to stop drinking and switch to water, how long to wait to drive, and how to beat the system. However, the truth is that several ...
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  • Underage Drinking: Related Crimes and Punishments

    In the early college years, it is common to encounter social situations that involve alcohol being present. The ages 18-20 can be very formative years where a young person will run into peer pressure and the wanting to fit in. The fact is though, if you are caught buying, possessing or consuming alcohol underage, you can be subject to several penalties. There various underage alcohol related laws ...
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  • Field Sobriety Tests

    You have just been pulled over for being suspected of operating a vehicle while impaired. The police officer will most likely ask you to perform some field sobriety tests to confirm his suspicions. Here is some important information to consider before agreeing to perform the tests. In Ohio, you have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test. The office will probably warn you that the ...
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  • DUI/OVI Tips, Misconceptions and Mistakes

    Can I be charged even though I am not driving? There is some confusion over what “operating a vehicle” exactly means. If you have one too many drinks and think it is safer to sleep in your car than try to drive home, it is ok to sleep in the back seat but put the keys in the front. This way you cannot attain physical control of the car. If you are in the front seat with the keys in your pocket and ...
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  • An OVI Attorney Could Save Your Career

    While everyone knows not to drive while under the influence of alcohol, we understand that people make mistakes. They think they haven’t had that much or that they aren’t even driving that far. People believe that the risk of getting caught is worth the reward of getting home. Most also believe that the worst that will happen if they get pulled over and charged with an OVI is that they will face a ...
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  • Ohio State Highway Patrol To Crack Down On Impaired Driving Over New Year's Holiday

    Earlier this week the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release urging Ohio motorists to drive sober over the upcoming New Year's Holiday and notifying drivers that Troopers will continue the OSHP's crack down on impaired driving. According to the OSHP, troopers have arrested over 23,000 motorists this year for impaired driving. The Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder wish you a safe ...
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  • OVI/DUI Checkpoints For Labor Day Weekend 2013

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the 2013 Labor Day weekend: Parma Heights, Ohio - Friday, August 30, 2013, on Pearl Road from 11 pm to 3 am. Logan County, Ohio - Friday, August 30, 2013, on Ohio 366 between 8 pm and 10 pm in the village of Russells Point. Bratenahl, Ohio - Saturday, August 31, 2013, on Lakeshore Blvd. The ...
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  • July 26-28, 2013 OVI/DUI Checkpoints

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the July 26-28, 2013 weekend: Garfield Heights, Ohio - Friday, July 26, 2013, on Turney Rd. from 8pm to 1 am. More information about checkpoints will be provided as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you designate a driver if you plan ...
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  • Need an attorney for an OVI/DUI case in Akron?

    Have you been arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired in Akron, Ohio? Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Ohio and your driver's license could be at risk of suspension. Under Ohio State traffic law, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence does not necessarily have to mean that you were driving and it could be in reference to more than just an ordinary motor ...
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  • June 20-23, 2013 OVI/DUI Checkpoints

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the June 20-23, 2013 weekend: Cleveland, Ohio - Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Broadway Ave. and Baxter Ave. from 8pm to 1 am. More information about checkpoints will be provided as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you designate a driver ...
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  • DUI Checkpoints In Summit And Portage Counties To Continue Throughout Summer.

    Those of you out of the road after 11:00 pm the last few weeks have probably noticed congested traffic and delays due to some of the check points throughout the Summit, and Portage County areas. We have been told that these check points are going to continue throughout the summer so be careful. Sobriety checkpoints function as a general purpose investigatory tactic where police can get a close ...
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  • What To Look For When Choosing Your OVI/DUI Attorney.

    I went to Google today and searched for Akron DUI lawyer. There were a number of websites that popped up. I began to scroll through them and noticed that the vast majority of the attorneys advertising as an OVI/DUI lawyer in Akron either were not from the Akron area or were attorneys who did not specialize in OVI/DUI law. They would be considered general practitioners who dabble in the criminal ...
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  • What You Need To Know About OVI/DUI's Before St. Patrick's Day

    The most commonly asked question of an OVI/DUI defense attorney is "What happens during an OVI/DUI stop and what should I do if I get pulled over? Although there is no definitive answer to this question, the police generally follow a common procedure which can be handled by keeping in mind several pieces of advice. An OV/DUI charge usually stems from a traffic stop of an individual during which ...
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