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here can be a fine line between what the law calls a “consensual” police encounter and an “investigative” stop by police.  For an investigative stop (where you do not feel like you can walk away from an officer), the police must be able to point to specific things you did that made them suspect criminal activity.  For example, weaving outside your lane, etc. 

In this case, the police overstepped the line.  By yelling at a citizen to stop and shining a light in his eyes, and then citing him for OVI, the officer violated the citizen’s Fourth Amendment rights.  As a result, the OVI charge was dropped. 
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Riddell Law LLC has awarded its first annual Riddell Law LLC Columbus DUI Awareness Scholarship to two graduating high school seniors in the Columbus area that have demonstrated excellence in academics, community service and in teaching their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving.
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a DUI case that could have broad-reaching implications in Ohio.  In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that an anonymous tip of reckless driving is enough for the police to pull a car over — even if the police themselves do not observe any traffic violation.

The biting dissent by Justice Scalia in this case explains the serious consequences of this holding.  Any malevolent 911 caller can report a tip on someone they don’t like and get them pulled over.  Other than very basic details (e.g. the car’s location), the police don’t have to verify that the 911 caller is telling the truth.
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Drunk drivers must be found and held accountable but this is another violation of rights. This new law clearly rules out any need for probable cause to initiate a traffic stop. Some law enforcement may definitely abuse this new "power". Once the suspect is "pointed out" the law should continue to say that the officer must view the operator's driving behavior before making the traffic stop.
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Discussion of recent Upper Arlington court of appeals case in which all field sobriety tests were thrown out due to improper instruction or lack of evidence. 
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Will a "marijuana breathalyzer" help police catch and stop drivers from driving under the influence of marijuana? http://www.michiganautolaw.com/auto-lawyers-blog/2014/01/28/marijuana-breathalyzer/
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Provocative read. If alcohol sensors won't stop repeat offenders, then marijuana/THC sensors won't do the trick, either. But it sure will make ignition interlock companies wealthy. +Douglas Riddell 
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The problem with Ohio’s repeat OVI offender law is this: the increased penalties do not depend on a jury finding any additional facts or elements beyond a reasonable doubt.   Instead, the additional punishment – jumping from 60 days to up to 5 years – depends ONLY on the prosecutor’s decision whether or not to insert the repeat OVI offender specification into the indictment.

This allows the prosecutor to arbitrarily subject certain defendants to increased penalties that others are not subject to. Thus, the court found, the repeat OVI offender specification violates Ohio and the US Constitution’s right to equal protection.
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Anyone who practices #criminaldefense  knows the expression "you can indict a ham sandwich" for a crime.  It recognizes the one-sided proceeding where a prosecutor has unfettered ability to secretly present evidence as he/she chooses.  But to now allow the finding of the grand jury to also serve as a basis to seize a defendant's items is a really scary decision.  I'm pretty surprised by this frankly..

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Thanks, Doug!
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I work diligently to provide aggressive, ethical and dedicated DUI/OVI, criminal and traffic defense to clients across Columbus and Central Ohio.
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    Managing Attorney, present
    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. 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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Aggressive. Proven. Affordable. Ohio DUI/OVI, Traffic & Criminal 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® 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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