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In some OVI cases, officers will ask a suspect – or get a warrant – for a blood draw to test blood alcohol levels.   These blood draw cases are somewhat unique in that there are very specific rules under Ohio law that must be followed in drawing, testing and storing the blood sample.

If the officer or phlebotomist fails to substantially comply with Ohio law in drawing and testing the blood sample, the blood results may be excluded from evidence at trial.

That is what happened here.  Because the state could not show that the phlebotomist that drew the defendant’s blood followed all of proper procedures, the blood test results were thrown out. 
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In some OVI cases, officers will ask a suspect – or get a warrant – for a blood draw to test blood alcohol levels.   These blood draw cases are somewhat unique in that there are very specific rules under Ohio law that must be followed in drawing, testing and storing the blood sample.

If the officer or phlebotomist fails to substantially comply with Ohio law in drawing and testing the blood sample, the blood results may be excluded from evidence at trial.

That is what happened here.  Because the state could not show that the phlebotomist that drew the defendant’s blood followed all of proper procedures, the blood test results were thrown out. 
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We have discussed anonymous tips in prior posts.  An anonymous caller tips the police to a potential drunk driver, often resulting in an OVI charge.  Looking closely at those anonymous calls, however, can be a critical part of defending against an OVI charge.  If the caller is anonymous, does not describe any actual criminal activity, is unreliable and/or the tip is not corroborated by police, the stop could be unconstitutional and the case thrown out.

One recent Ohio case demonstrates the importance of looking closely at the anonymous tip in an OVI case.
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One of the first potential defenses to an OVI stop is: Was the reason for the stop lawful?  

In order to pull a car over, a police officer must have “reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has occurred or was occurring.”  Even if the traffic violation is very minor (i.e., failure to use a turn signal when changing lanes), the stop is considered lawful even where the officer had some ulterior motive for making the stop. 

But there must be a traffic violation.  Where, as in this case, there was no valid reason for the stop (no traffic violation) – the entire OVI stop may be thrown out of court.
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One recent Ohio OVI case -State v. Robertson, 2014-Ohio-5389 –  is interesting because the front seat passenger – and not the driver – was charged with OVI.  The prosecution’s argument was that because the intoxicated passenger flicked the driver’s cigarette out of her hand and onto her lap – causing her to crash – the passenger “operated” the vehicle while intoxicated.

The court disagreed.  Although a passenger reaching over and grabbing the steering wheel might be considered “operation,” knocking a cigarette out the of the driver’s hand is too remote and doesn’t demonstrate any intent to cause the car to move.   Thus, the OVI conviction was reversed and the OVI charge dismissed.
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Generally, the Fourth Amendment prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.”  But what happens if the officer thinks he has justification for pulling someone over, but it turns out he was wrong?  The Supreme Court answered this question recently in its 8-1 decision in Heien v. North Carolina, No. 13-604.
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Welcome to the Community +Jeff Meadows.  I started this group in an effort to get a network of lawyers doing traffic work across Ohio, but the group hasn't gotten very far just yet as you can see.  That said, I will definitely refer you traffic cases down in the Cincinnati area when possible. Hope you had a good holiday. 
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Very important issue. Thanks for sharing +Charles Rittgers s
 
Cincinnati Drug Possession Attorneys:

This story is something to watch for clients requesting sealing of a record.  Ohio does not consider minor misdemeanors convictions for purposes of sealing records.  Marijuana possession is a minor misdemeanor almost everywhere in Ohio if the amount is less than 100 grams.  During 2006 to 2010 Cincinnati made possession a fourth degree misdemeanor regardless of how small the quantity.  

Now, council member Charlie Winburn is making a push to convert the past convictions to minor misdemeanors which would give more people a chance to seal the record of conviction.  

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#cincinnatimarijuanapossession   
Cincinnati City Council members have already admitted a 2009 crackdown on marijuana was a mistake, going so far as to repeal the law the made
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One recent Ohio case highlights the importance of cruiser video evidence in traffic-related stops.  In this case, a car was pulled over for crossing the fog line.  Once pulled over, the officer said he smelled marijuana coming from the car.  He asked the driver to step out and then testified that he smelled marijuana coming from the driver’s person.  He searched the driver – including his pockets – and found 1.066 Oxycodone pills in a baggie in the driver’s pants pocket.

At the motion to suppress, the court found that the search of the driver’s pants pockets was illegal.  The officer’s testimony that he smelled marijuana coming from the driver was not credible based on the court’s review of the cruiser video evidence and the fact that no marijuana was found in the car or on the driver’s person.  The video evidence also showed strong winds at the time of the stop.

As a result, the drug charges were dismissed. 
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Recently, the Ohio Supreme Court decided a groundbreaking case in the area of OVI law.  In Cincinnati v. Ilg, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4258,  the Ohio Supreme Court clarified that a defendant does have the right to challenge “the accuracy, competence, admissibility, relevance, authenticity, or credibility of specific test results or whether the specific machine used to test the accused operated properly at the time of the test.”  

This includes a right to request relevant documents from the City and from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to support the defendant’s claim that the machine used to test him failed to operate properly. 

Where, as here, the City and the ODH failed to comply with a court order to produce records relevant to the defendant’s breathalyzer machine, the trial court may -as here – exclude the breath test results as a discovery sanction. 
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If the field sobriety tests are excluded from evidence, probable cause to arrest may be more difficult to prove.  That is what happened here in State v. George, 2014-Ohio-4123. 
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As DUI Attorneys we know that breath testing can be inaccurate.  Here are some factors that can contribute to a false positive.  #georgiaduidefense #georgiaduidefenseattorney #georgiaduidefenselawyer  

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Highly Rated Ohio Criminal & Traffic Defense Attorney.
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Douglas Riddell focuses his practice on representing Ohio clients charged with DUI / OVI, traffic offenses, and a wide variety of other criminal charges. He has spent his career defending clients in county and mayor's courts across the Columbus and Central Ohio area and remains dedicated to offering aggressive legal defense, dedication to client service and affordable flat fees.  

Riddell has successfully represented clients facing a wide range of criminal and traffic charges in the Columbus area from OVI to CDL / hazmat to speeding to drug possession and more.  

Doug is a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Additionally, he regularly speaks about OVI/DUI law at Certified Driver Intervention programs throughout Central Ohio, including Second Chance Counseling Driver Intervention Program and Crossroads Recovery Services Driver Intervention Program.

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Doug was recently named one of only four Ohio Rising Stars in the area of DUI/DWI law by Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine 2014. Doug has also been awarded the “AV Preeminent®" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Doug has been rated by judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards.
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    Doug focuses his practice on the defense of traffic, DUI/OVI and criminal charges. He has represented thousands of OVI, traffic, and criminal defendants in his career, gaining extensive experience in courtrooms throughout Central Ohio. Doug regularly practices in courthouses throughout Columbus, including county and mayor's courts in Dublin, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Gahanna, Hilliard, Lancaster, Marble Cliff, New Albany, Newark, Plain City, Reynoldsburg, Springfield, Upper Arlington, Urbana, Westerville, and Whitehall. Doug is certified in the Approved Curriculum for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He regularly represents clients facing a wide range of criminal and traffic charges, such as DUI / OVI / drunk driving, speeding tickets, traffic violations, underage drinking, domestic violence, reckless driving, theft, criminal damaging, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, drug crimes, drug paraphernalia, fraud, juvenile crimes, hit skip, probation violation, and vandalism, among other charges.
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