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Things have finally cooled off across the state, giving us all a much-needed break from the heat.

But we’ll tell you what hasn’t cooled off: The Police’s desire to stop drunk driving!

OK, that was probably one of our worst attempts at a transition here at the Ohio OVI Blog, but every post can’t be on par with a David Foster Wallace novel, right? Let’s get down to business. It’s summer and lots of people are out enjoying a few adult beverages. But responsible drivers everywhere are taking cabs and designating drivers to get home safely. We hope you’re doing the same. The police are doing there part to catch drunk drivers, and we’ve heard news on four checkpoints so far for this weekend and into next week.

The first will be in Seven Hills Saturday night. It will be from 7 pm to 1 am at Rockside at Pinnacle Park.

In Central Ohio, we have details on two checkpoints so far.

One is in Millersport (Fairfield County) tonight. It will be on State Route 204, just east of State Route 37. This is near Buckeye Lake.

The other is in Plain City (Madison County). It will also be tonight and will be on State Route 42 near W. Main Street. It will be right by the Der Dutchman restaurant, a place we’re sure you Plain City locals know well.

The last checkpoint we’ve heard about will be in Cleveland. It will be Monday night, but the details have not yet been released.

In other news, we’ve heard that Rover fest – which takes place in Eastlake – will be hopping this weekend. It sold out, and the police will have strong saturation points throughout the area to monitor safety. It’s likely there will also be liquor control mechanisms in place, including undercover agents. If you’re heading out to see Rover (or just to see Ms. Morning Glory), be safe and be smart.

That’s all we have for now. Remember, we keep this blog to warn people of the dangers of drunk driving. But we also want all drivers to know they have legal rights. Should you get mixed up in an OVI or DUI case, we have lawyers who know how to help you. Find out more at the sites for Taubman Law (Northeast Ohio) or Hastie Legal Offices (Central Ohio).

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Hot Friday to you, Ohio. We hope you are reading this somewhere that’s nice and cool.

It looks like there aren’t any checkpoints in Northeast Ohio this weekend – at least none that we’ve heard about thus far. We’ll keep you updated if that changes. As for Central Ohio, we’re still waiting to hear back from all our contacts and will let you know if we hear anything.

In the meantime, people often ask us what cities we call in Northeast Ohio, so we’ve compiled our usual call list so you know.

Stay cool. We’ll post updates if we have any.

Broadview Heights
Brooklyn Heights
Cleveland Heights
Garfield Heights
North Ridgeville
Maple Heights
North Ridgeville
North Royalton
Olmsted Falls
Olmsted Township
Parma Heights
Rocky River
Seven Hills
Shaker Heights
South Euclid
University Heights
Valley View

We also call Cuyahoga, Stark, Summit and Portage County.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re either interested in OVI in Ohio, have recently been charged, know someone who has been charged or are just curious about the process.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI or OVI, your head is probably spinning as you ask yourself the normal questions: What are the next steps? How much trouble could I be in if convicted? How much will I spend trying to prove my innocence?

It’s OK. First, let’s take a deep breath. The legal process from here can be a bit tricky, so the next thing you need to is consult a lawyer who can help you navigate. Of course that, too, can be tough. If you type DUI lawyer into Google you’ll be overwhelmed with the results. How do you select one when so many come up? You take careful steps to pick an attorney who will act as a guide through the legal steps necessary to properly defend yourself. And to do that you need to create some standards before you hire anybody. To help with that I’ve created a troubleshooting guide.

Here are four questions you should be asking yourself as you look for a DUI or OVI attorney in the state of Ohio.

1. Are they concerned with aggressively fighting for you and your rights?

Many attorneys handle DUI cases like clockwork, looking to have you plea out at the first offer, meaning you’ll have a non-expungeable DUI on your record. While no outcome is guaranteed, your attorney should be helping you define a strategy that ensures someone is looking out for your long-term welfare. That means they should help you with a game plan that considers all of the options and explains the possibility of each.

2. Can this person explain the potential consequences and solutions in a way you understand?

Let me be honest with you: The legal world is the worst offender when it comes to jargon and technical speak. That can be tough when you are scared and have questions about what will happen to you. If an attorney can’t simply explain the process and your options to you, you’ll have a hard time being sure you were represented fairly. Find someone you can talk to through this difficult process.

3. Are you talking with your attorney?

It’s not a crime to be busy, but it’s certainly an insult when a lawyer is too busy to talk with you personally. If you’re in a tough spot, you should be able to get face to face interaction with your attorney when you want it. If you’ve tried to meet with your attorney and you ended up talking with someone else at the firm, or told to just send an e-mail, you’re at the wrong place.

4. Does this attorney have experience with DUI or OVI cases?

There are attorneys out there who are great at practicing everything from tax law to dispute resolution, but that doesn’t mean they know how to handle every case. Oftentimes people turn to an attorney they know or have used before in any situation, but that’s not always a good idea. You should always know the person representing you has experience in the practice area in which you have a need. I often use this example: Josh Cribbs is tremendous in the field of professional athletics, but I doubt I’d hire him to pitch a decisive game for the Indians. Different situations call for different expertise, so make sure you’re talking with someone who knows everything about DUI laws in the state of Ohio and understands the local legal system.

That’s all for this time. Feel free to ask a question in the comments field or contact one of our DUI lawyers. If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can contact someone from Taubman Law. If you’re in Central Ohio, contact one of our lawyers from Hastie Law Offices, LLC.

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Happy Friday, Ohio. We wanted to give you an update to our checkpoint lists from yesterday with some details.

First, the Euclid checkpoint for tonight will be somewhere between 200-222nd street, which is around the area where it was last weekend. They caught several intoxicated drivers in that one, so remember to designate a driver if you’re heading out this weekend. This checkpoint will be 11 pm to 3 am.

Second, Summit County will have a checkpoint in Coventry Township by Portage Lake tonight from 10 pm through 2 am.

Yesterday we did more detailed posts on checkpoints throughout Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about Northeast Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about the Columbus area.

Please celebrate America in a safe way this weekend. Aside from the checkpoints there will be saturation points all over Ohio as police look for intoxicated drivers. If you want to have a few drinks, please take a cab or designate a driver.

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As many have probably heard by now, ‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn was killed recently in an accident in Pennsylvania. Dunn, born in Ohio, was driving his Porsche late Sunday night/early Monday morning with a passenger. The details from there are thin. He may or may not have been drinking (Gossip site TMZ shows twitpics of him with a beer and reports from the bar had him taking three shots and downing three beers). The police say that speed may have been a factor.

Whatever the full story is, Dunn and his passenger died in the crash, which is tragic.

This tragedy has also set off a social media storm. Famed critic Robert Ebert, along with commenters across the web, have damned Dunn for driving while intoxicated. True or not, for those closest to Dunn it seems pretty cold. Salon did a well-written piece on the drama in the situation. Read the whole story here.

We’ll keep our eyes out for more details in this crash, but for now I think we can all agree that it’s sad two young men are gone.

Hello Ohio.

Read that again. Our tens of regular readers out there may note that we usually address Northeast Ohio in our blog. Well, that time is over. Given the overwhelming feedback from people in central Ohio – notably the beautiful city known as Columbus – we are expanding our weekly checkpoint list. Beginning next week, we will start calling cities in and around Columbus and reporting the publicly known checkpoints.

So, if you’re in Columbus, it’s time to start following us on Twitter (@OhioOVINetwork) and liking us on Facebook. We’ll share with you just the right amount of news and information about OVI laws, checkpoints and our great state in general.

A judge ruling last week stated that Ohio officials cannot prove that a portable breath tester intended to be a statewide standard for the detection of drunken drivers is producing accurate and reliable results. Judge Gary Dumm of Circleville Municipal Court (Columbus area) ruled that test results from the cleverly named Intoxilyzer 800 will not be admitted in his court until the state can present proof that it is technologically sound.

Here’s more, from a Columbus Dispatch story:

Dumm ruled that the state health official in charge of the new testing program could not adequately explain how the machine works during testimony at an April 11 hearing. The Ohio Department of Health is gradually rolling out the $8,000 breath testers to police agencies across the state.

Defense attorneys have been challenging results produced by the portable machine, saying they are skewed by heat and humidity in the field, and misidentify other substances in the air as alcohol.

Read the full Dispatch article here.

We’ll keep on this story as best we can to see what happens with this portable breath test. As always, we’re interested in the entire scope of DUI/OVI law in Ohio. While we don’t want people to drink and drive, we do want the rules in the system to be fair. Need help with an OVI case? Contact us.

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Good Thursday to you, Northeast Ohio. As we mentioned yesterday, there is a checkpoint in Cleveland tonight in the First District. The details are as follows: It will be at West 117th and Madison Avenue. The checkpoint will commence at 9 pm and end at 1 am.

UPDATE: Info just in on a checkpoint in Lakewood. It will be on Detroit from 9pm -1 am it is located by UDF and Merry Arts.

As always, this checkpoint is meant to both reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road and deter others from considering drinking and driving. If you’re going out tonight, designate a driver or call a cab. You won’t like the alternative.

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Life is good in Northeast Ohio.

High temperatures will be in the 60s this weekend, the Indians are rolling and the Browns just got a bunch of extra draft picks.

But the warmer weather also means that there will be more drinking and driving. And that means checkpoints. While we wish everyone would designate a driver before they went out on the town, that’s not always the case.

As such, the police have a few checkpoints scheduled for this weekend.

First, Akron previously told us they had one scheduled for Friday, but we don’t have all the details. We will try to contact them again Friday morning.

We also received information that the city of Cleveland will have one on Friday night. The time and location has not yet been released.

Elyria is set to have at Lake Avenue and West on Saturday from 10p-2a.

We called our usual list this week and didn’t find any other checkpoints. If we hear anything else, we will keep you informed.

As always, if you need the help of an OVI/DUI attorney, please contact us.