OVI (DUI) in Lima, Ohio

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Allen County (Lima, Shawnee, Cridersville, Spencerville, Elida, and Delphos) you will be dealing with the Lima Municipal Court.

The Sidney Municipal Court is located at 109 N. Union St., Lima, OH 45801. It’s website is Lima Municipal Court and phone number is (419) 221-5275. The Lima Municipal Court has two judges, Judge Tammie Hursh and Judge David Rodabaugh.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in Lima Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in Lima, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net. Scott’s Lima office address is 124 W. North St., Lima, OH 45801.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Lima, I have a picture of the Court below.

OVI (DUI) in Logan County Ohio

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Logan County (including rural areas, Bellefontaine, Russells Point, Lakeview, De Graff, Quincy, West Liberty, Belle Center, Huntsville, Rushsylvania, and West Mansfield) you will be dealing with the Bellefontaine Municipal Court.

The Bellefontaine Municipal Court is located at 226 West Columbus Avenue, Bellefontaine, Ohio. It’s website is Bellefontaine Municipal Court and phone number is 937-559-6127. Judge Ann E. Beck is the presiding and only judge.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Bellefontaine, a picture of the Court follows below.

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The Biggest Misconception With OVIs

Alcohol related OVIs generally fall into two categories. The first are OVIs in which the defendant submitted a sample (breath, blood, or urine) which through a chemical test tests positive for alcohol. The second are OVIs in which the defendant refused to submit to a chemical test.

Most people in Ohio are aware that for adults the permissible  blood or breath alcohol concentration (or BAC) when operating a motor vehicle is .08. Unfortunately, most people do not understand what this means.

Over the years, Scott Kelly has had numerous clients tell him that they did not believe they were committing a crime when they were charged because they were not engaging in “drunk” driving. They only went out to dinner or to the bar after work and had three beers over the course of a few hours. Because they did not believe they were “drunk” driving, they submitted to a test that gave a reported BAC higher than .08.

The biggest misconception for the average citizen when it comes to Ohio’s OVI law is that it is only against the law to drive while “drunk” and that a BAC level of .08 corresponds with drunk driving. This is simply not the case. Ohio’s OVI law prohibits “impaired” driving, whether the impairment be caused by alcohol, illegal drug, or even prescription medication. This is a lower burden than “drunk” driving. Further, many people who may honestly believe they are not impaired by alcohol when they drive would test over the legal limit of .08 if given a breath test.

Hopefully you have  two “take aways” from this post. The first is that you do not have to be “drunk” to be cited with an OVI. The second is that if you submit to a chemical test to determine BAC and you have consumed any alcohol at all, you run the risk of having a failed test.

 

 

OVI (DUI) in Auglaize County Municipal Court

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Auglaize County (including rural areas, Wapakoneta, St. Mary’s, Minster, New Bremen, and New Knoxville) you will be dealing with the Auglaize County Municipal Court.

The Auglaize County Municipal Court is located at 201 Willipie St., Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895, and 114 N. Main St., St. Mary’s, Ohio. It’s website is http://www2.auglaizecounty.org/courts/municipal and phone number is 419-739-6780. Judge Gary W. Herman is the presiding and only judge. OVI cases are handled on the second floor.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in the Auglaize County Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in the Auglaize County Municipal Court, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Wapakoneta, a picture of the Court follows below.It is hard to miss and can be seen from miles away.

 

OVI (DUI) in Darke County Municipal Court

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Darke County (including rural areas, Greenville, Versailles, Ansonia, Arcanum, New Madison, and Union City, Ohio) you will be dealing with the Darke County Municipal Court.

The Darke County Municipal Court is located at 504 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. It’s website is http://www.co.miami.oh.us/muni/index.htm and phone number is 937-440-3910. Judge Julie J. Monnin is the presiding and only judge. OVI cases are handled on the third floor.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in the Darke County Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in the Darke County Municipal Court, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Greenville, a picture of the Court follows below.

You are being Pulled Over – You are Now a Suspect

 You have been drinking and now you are being pulled over. Unfortunately many people do not take seriously that they are likely now the suspect of a crime – OVI.
Through years of experience watching videos of stops, and from his training regarding OVI (DUI) detection, which is the exact same training law enforcement receives, attorney Scott Kelly can normally predict how an eventual OVI charge is going to play out. Unfortunately most people arrested for OVI in Sidney, Troy, Greenville, Lima, and the surrounding areas do not realize that they are going to be arrested for an OVI until it is too late. Even more unfortunate is the fact that by the time the person is arrested, they have likely already given the officer everything he needs to convict them for OVI.
If you take away one thing from this post, it should be this – The officer who has stopped you and is questioning you is likely not going to tell you that he is considering arresting you for an OVI.
OVI arrests are based upon the officer’s belief that the totality of all of the facts indicate that the person is driving impaired. Officer’s are trained to look for “cues” of alcohol/drug impairment. These cues include everything from how a person is driving, to what the officer observes during the stop. Often the most important cues are the evidence of alcohol consumption, the admission of consumption, and the person’s performance on the standardized field sobriety tests.
The officer is not going to tell you that he is considering arresting you for OVI, or that the reason he is gathering all of these cues is to justify his arrest decision. He knows that if he tells you that you are likely to hesitate and not give him what he needs to arrest you or justify his arrest later in court. Fortunately for the officer, most people fall into this trap and give the officer everything they need for the stop.
The most important think to keep in mind when you are pulled over is that you are now a suspect. Good legal advise is important, and the sooner the better. Tell the officer that you want to call an attorney and do so immediately, not after you have been arrested or given the officer the cues he wants. Attorney Scott Kelly can be called at any time for OVI cases in the West Central Ohio (Sidney, Troy, Greenville, Lima, Bellefontaine, etc.) area on his 24 hour criminal emergency line – (937) 657-4662.

OVI (DUI) in Miami County Municipal Court

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Miami County (including rural areas, Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Laura, West Milton, and Flectcher) you will be dealing with the Miami County Municipal Court.

The Miami County Municipal Court is located at 215 W. Main St, Troy, OH 45373. It’s website is http://www.co.miami.oh.us/muni/index.htm and phone number is 937-440-3910. The judges are Judge Elizabeth S. Gutmann and Judge Gary A. Nasal . OVI cases are handled on the third floor.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in the Miami County Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in the Miami County Municipal Court, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Troy, I have a picture of the Court below.

Miami County Municipal Court, Troy, Ohio - The 127 year old Miami County Courthouse is the centerpiece of the landscape of Troy, OH. There was a nearly century-long battle between Troy and Piqua over which city should be the county seat for Miami County. The long-running feud between the cities is sometimes referred to as the “Courthouse War.”  It is believed Troy was chosen because it is located in nearly the geographical center of Miami County.

Types of OVI (DUI) Stops

Scott Kelly has been practicing OVI (DUI) law in western Ohio for years and has pretty much “seen it all” when it comes to why people get charged with an OVI. There are, however, some recurring reasons as to why his clients get charged with OVIs.  The following is a list of reasons why you are likely to interact with a cop in the first place, leading to the eventual OVI arrest.

By far the most common reason for an initial OVI stop is a traffic violation. The most common traffic violations are moving violations (e.g. speeding, marked lanes) but also include non-moving equipment violations (e.g. inoperable brake light).

The next most common category are automobile accidents. Whether you are the at fault driver or not, if you are driving and come into contact with law enforcement during the course of an automobile accident they may suspect impaired driving.

Getting rarer but still more common than you would believe are “tipster” OVIs. Examples of these are when a driver calls into law enforcement to claim another driver is “all over the road” or when a convenience store clerk calls law enforcement claiming someone just left driving a car and appeared to be impaired.

The most rare category are the “OVI checkpoint” charges. Surprising few OVI arrests are made at OVI checkpoints, and OVI checkpoints are rare in this area of Ohio.

Regardless of what led to an OVI (DUI) charge, good legal representation is important. If you are facing an OVI charge in Sidney, Troy, Greenville, Wapakoneta, Bellefontaine, Lima, or Celina, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, www.rklawyers.net.

 

OVI (DUI) in Sidney (Shelby County) Ohio

If you are charged with an OVI (DUI) anywhere within Shelby County (rural areas, the City of Sidney, and the villages of Anna, Jackson Center, Botkins, Ft. Loramie, and Russia) you will be dealing with the Sidney Municipal Court.

The Sidney Municipal Court is located at 110 W Court St, Sidney, OH 45365. It’s website is http://sidneyoh.com/court/index.asp and phone number is (937) 498-0011. The presiding and only judge in Sidney Municipal Court is Judge Duane Goettemoeller.

Scott Kelly has been handling OVI cases in Sidney Municipal Court during his entire practice. If you are facing an OVI charge in Sidney, contact attorney Scott Kelly at 937-497-0407 or email him through his website, http://www.rklawyers.net.

For anyone unfamiliar with downtown Sidney, I have a picture of the Court below.

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