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Happy Thursday to you, Ohio.

As you may or may not know, one of the Ohio OVI Blog’s favorite holidays is right around the corner: St. Patrick’s Day. The 2012 version of this very green holiday comes with a special surprise: It’s on a Saturday. Sounds like good times to us.

Of course, with great times comes great responsibility. As such, the checkpoints for the holiday are already rolling in. We very rarely hear about upcoming checkpoints almost a full month in advance, but the state is really trying to ensure everyone’s safety this year. As such, we already know about checkpoints in the following areas for St. Patty’s Day weekend:

Akron
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
North Royalton
Olmsted Falls

As always, the best way to handle these checkpoints is by driving safe and sober. We don’t have any of the details on locations or times yet, but we’ll be doing several follow up posts as we hear more.

In the meantime, get your green shirts and Irish puns ready.

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In Ohio there are two instances where you can be given a breat test by a police officer. The first, the portable breath test, is generally administered during the initial traffic stop. Here’s what you need to know: This test is never mandatory and is not admissible in the court of law. Taking this test and failing will only lead to more evidence against you if you’re charged with OVI/DUI. There is no reason to consent to the portable DUI test.

If you fail this test, the officers will arrest you and take you back to the station to do another breath test on an approved device. Currently, there are two approved breath-testing devices in Ohio – The BAC Datamaster and the Intoxilyzer 5000. At this time you will be told you can blow or refuse. A refusal to blow at this point will be an automatic suspension of your license for a year and could have other repercussions if you have a CDL. If you choose to blow and are above the Ohio legal limit of .08, you will be charged with an OVI/DUI and booked. More importantly, if you are booked and have blown above .169 you will be charged with a Super DUI. It’s important to assess your own condition at this point.

Refusing to blow or blowing above the legal limit does not mean that you don’t have a chance to be found not guilty or have your charges reduced.

In the last year we’ve had two situations at Taubman Law where drivers have refused to take the breathalyzer at the station and another case where the driver blew above .169 in the station. We were able to work with each case and ensure the best result possible.

In first one, in Berea, the driver was pulled over for following too closely and submitted to a field sobriety test, which he failed. After a motion to suppress, we were able to get the charges knocked down to a reckless operation, our client was able to get his license back within nine months and was granted occupational driving privileges as soon as the statute allowed.

In another case,  we represented a person stopped in Vermillion for weaving and driving erratically. He failed his field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer. We were able to have his charges reduced to physical control, which carries no points and the client was allowed work privileges.

Finally, in a case where one of our clients blew above .169 and was charged with a Super DUI in Bedford, we were able to work a good plea accommodation. Charges were reduced to regular DUI and the client didn’t have to go through the embarrassment of having yellow ‘party’ plates or having an ignition lock. The client also served no days in jail and received driving privileges.

That’s all for this time. Feel free to ask a question in the comments field or contact me at briantaubman[at]taubmanlaw.net for more information. If you’re interested in my firm, Taubman Law, visit us at TaubmanLaw.net.

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Good day to you, Ohio. We hope you are enjoying time off with family, friends and relaxation.

The new year is coming, which means that local and state law enforcement will be out in heavy numbers over the next few nights. We know of one checkpoint thus far. Here are the details:

Cleveland will have one tomorrow night (Friday) from 7:30 pm to 2 am on East 55th.

There may be more coming, but for now all the stations we’ve called have just promised lots of saturation points.

Our recommendation, as always, is that you designate a driver before you go out and drink all your egg nog.

That’s all we have for today. Drive safe and be safe this holiday. If you need an attorney, call the nice folks over at Taubman Law. They know how to handle DUI and OVI cases (and personal injury, workers’ comp and many other things. Check out the updated site).

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It looks like the travels brought about by Thanksgiving were a little safer than normal this year in Ohio. Today the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a release that showed fewer fatalities in 2011 than the previous two years. Here is a bit of the release from the State Highway Patrol:

… COLUMBUS – Provisional numbers released today by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday. During the reporting period, which began Wednesday, November 23, at 12:00 a.m., and ran through Sunday, November 27, at 11:59 p.m., 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways. This is a decrease from the past two years when 18 people lost their lives in 2010 and 20 died in 2009. Additionally, this year’s reporting period was longer as it included the entire day before Thanksgiving while last year’s reporting began at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Impaired driving arrests increased more than 14 percent and drug arrests were up more than 37 percent when compared to last year’s holiday. One incident that resulted in the seizure of an estimated $800,000 in cash began as a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 70 in Preble County.

“We are encouraged by the reduction of fatalities and the increase in the arrests of criminals using our highways to carry out their crimes,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “I hope that the success of this holiday weekend will continue throughout the remainder of the year.”

A complete statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday weekend and a photo of the seized cash are available at statepatrol.ohio.gov…

That’s all we have for today. We hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Don’t forget to come see the Ohio OVI Blog’s own Brian Taubman at Around the Corner in Lakewood this Thursday from 7-11 pm. He’ll be guest bar tending with his mustache as part of his Movember charity efforts.

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Happy Turkey week, Ohio. As we mentioned last week, the upcoming holiday means a lot of travel, which means that the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police offices will be out in full force to ensure safety.

Keep this in mind as you head out to stuff yourself full of turkey, gravy and eggnog. If you enjoy your holiday with a few adult beverages, designate a driver.

Here’s what we know about the checkpoints throughout the state so far.

Cleveland will be having a checkpoint Wednesday night. It will be from 10 pm to 3 am on Ontario at Carnegie Avenue.

Clark County will also have two checkpoints on Wednesday. The first will be from 2 pm to 8 pm on North and Center. The second will be along US 40 from 8:30-midnight.

Euclid will have one Wednesday night as well. That one, too, we will post details on as we hear more.

Middletown will have a checkpoint Wednesday night from 11 p to 3 am. It will be along Route 4.

More than 1.6 million Ohioans will be traveling for Thanksgiving weekend, and the Ohio Highway Patrol announced today that they would be setting up saturation points and extra patrols across Buckeye land. Here’s some more details on that, if you’re interested.

The moral of the story, as always, is party safe. If you run into an issue and need a DUI attorney, contact Taubman Law.

Have a great holiday. Don’t forget to share your holiday season with the Ohio OVI Blog by liking us on Facebook.

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As most of you know, we dedicate most of our time at the Ohio OVI Blog to conversations about the issues of drunk driving in our fair state.

But we do have other interests, including mustaches and charity. One of the fine attorneys from Taubman Law, The Ohio OVI Blog’s own Brian Taubman, is growing a mustache this month for charity as part of the Movemeber movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

All month Brian has been grooming his facial hair out drive in funds. Check out his Movember page to see the ‘stache.
If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can also see Brian and other members of his mustache fund-raising team – The Mustache Fives – at Around The Corner in Lakewood on December 1. He will be guest bar tending that night and a portion of the proceeds will go to the cause.

Regardless of whether you spell it mustache or moustache, it’s a great cause. Visit Brian’s page today to make a donation and see the lip sweater. Or, come to Around the Corner on December 1 from 7 pm to 1 am to see his Burt Reynolds in person.

As always, if you like the Ohio OVI Blog we hope you’ll like us on Facebook. We also hope you’ll check out our weekly OVI checkpoint blog.

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Happy Friday, Ohio. After a week to relax and bask in the last of the warm weather we are back and better than ever. Heading into the holiday season you can expect more checkpoint posts filled with our sharp wit and strong sentence structures.

Let’s get down to business. (See, that was a strong declarative sentence.)

Thus far, we know of three checkpoints this weekend.

Akron will be having one tonight (Friday) at 3719 S. Main Street. We do not have the hours for this checkpoint.

Butler County will have one tonight from 11 pm to 4 am. It will be in the city of Monroe along Ohio 73.

Lucas County will have one tonight from 9 pm to 1 am tonight. The checkpoint will be held in the 6800 block of Angola Road in Springfield Township.

We also know about a checkpoint in Cleveland next Wednesday evening. This will be one of many throughout the area on the day before Thanksgiving. More details on that to follow.

Enjoy the weekend and, as always, drive safe.

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Good Wednesday to you, Ohio. As we mentioned in our post yesterday, Cleveland and Columbus are both having checkpoints this week.

Cleveland’s checkpoint is tonight, and it’s a driver’s license checkpoint. We have received word from the Cleveland Police Department that it will run from 8 pm to 1 am tonight. It will take place on West 67th and Lorain.

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We know what you’re thinking, Tuesday is an early day to hear from your friends at the Ohio OVI Blog. It’s true; Tuesday is usually ping pong day at the Ohio OVI Blog offices, but we have news we thought you might be interested in.

First, Cleveland sent out a news release today with news about a driver’s license checkpoint in the second district tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26). We’d mentioned this previously, but it’s officially on the schedule now and they will send out a release with an exact location tomorrow.

We also received word from the Columbus area that the Franklin County DUI Task Force will be operating a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. We don’t have the full details on that one yet, but will alert you when we know more.

That’s all for today.

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