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Man charged with drunk driving after hit-and-run of bicyclists

Being arrested and charged with any drunk driving charges in Cleveland can lead to significant penalties. This is true even if the driver was not in an accident and found himself or herself confronted with other allegations along with drunk driving. If there is a crash, people might be hurt. It is possible that the driver will try to flee the scene. These acts can raise the charges from a DUI offense to much more. Regardless, whether it is a DUI stop and arrest or something worse, it is essential to have legal assistance to plan for a defense.

Why police lie

Because they can get away with it. In the days before cellphones with video capability, during most citizen-officer interactions, if there was any dispute over what transpired between the officer and the individual they stopped, in the vast majority of cases, would be resolved in favor of the officer's version of events.

How not to deal with a DUI

When an individual has been arrested for multiple DUI/OVIs, there is often in the media outrage, with the subtext that the reason the individual reoffended is because the punishment was not severe enough the first time. While it may be that a young or underage driver may be "scared straight" after a single, serious error of judgment, for adults, multiple DUI/OVIs are likely an indicator of a serious chemical dependency problem.

Ballot initiative begun for crime victims in Ohio

Victims of crimes are generally sympathetic. The problem with that sympathy is that it motivates people to choose to do things that in the absence of that sympathy they would be unlikely to consider. A new amendment to the Ohio Constitution has been proposed that would, in the words of the news report, "give crime victims the same rights as accused or convicted of crimes."

Why should you call an attorney for a DUI charge in Ohio

If you have been charged with drunk driving (DUI) or "operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs" (OVI) as it is known in Ohio, you need to take the charge seriously and speak with an attorney who handles drunk driving defense cases. An OVI charge carries various penalties, depending on whether it is your first offense or if you have any previous convictions on your record.

Change in cause of death may lead to reduced OVI charges

Criminal charges are dependent on evidence. A prosecutor must prove the elements of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt. If one of the elements of a crime is missing or is not proven, the case against a suspect typically fails. This is why in cases involving drugs, questions are often raised concerning how the police obtained the drugs, and sometimes, whether the substances are even illegal drugs.

Ohio sheriff's deputy facing third set of drunk driving charges

A sheriff's deputy in Cleveland has been arrested for his third alleged drunk driving offense. The man, who has previous drunk driving convictions dating back to 1994 and 2007, is employed in the transportation unit of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. He was arrested for the alleged drunk driving violation after striking another vehicle during an illegal passing maneuver. Officers say that the defendant failed both field sobriety and breath tests. The defendant is currently on administrative leave from his job.

Ignition interlocks for first-time offenders in Ohio

Ohio's senate has passed a bill that if signed by the governor would make ignition interlock devices mandatory for first-time offenders who want to avoid a license suspension after an OVI conviction. The legislature has passed the bill, which adds Ohio to the list of 29 states that offer ignition interlocks as a means of reducing recidivism among drivers who have had their licenses suspended as a result of an OVI offense.

Avoiding drunk driving problems during the holidays

Another grand holiday season will soon be upon Ohio residents and others throughout the nation. While many will enjoy family gatherings and celebrations with work colleagues and friends, others will find themselves facing drunk driving charges if they imbibe alcohol, then get pulled over in traffic stops. Not all who are accused go on to be convicted. Many times, a positive outcome hinges upon experienced and aggressive defense assistance.

Drug OVI charges likely to occur any time of the day

Alcohol use and overuse, which can lead to an OVI charge for drunk driving in Ohio, typically occur in a social setting. Looking at a chart of alcohol-related vehicle crashes that occur during the week, they spike late Friday and Saturday nights. This is not surprising and many law enforcement agencies in Ohio will target these times for the most intense OVI enforcement.

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