Ohio DUI Checkpoints – Your Rights

19th Dec 2015 Comments Off on Ohio DUI Checkpoints – Your Rights in Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints are a legal means for police departments to enforce their zero tolerance for driving while under the influence. The US Supreme Courts 1990 ruling made these checkpoints legal assuming that they would operate under specific guidelines. Where Are the Checkpoints? The checkpoint must be located in an area where there is a lengthy history of alcohol-related incidents according to The Ohio State Highway Patrol. There is no formal “list’ of the checkpoints, however, residents must before notified a week prior. This notice would include the time, date, and the location of the checkpoint. View Current DUI Checkpoints in Ohio Here How Would a Non-Resident Know About a Checkpoint? Checkpoints can be recognized by large reflective signs and marked police cars. It is at this point that vehicles are permitted to turn around. Once you enter the zone marked off by cones and a sign signaling that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead, you are legally not permitted to exit the checkpoint. This area would be hard to miss considering the flares, portable lights, and police cars. What Happens Once I Am in the Checkpoint? Every car will not be stopped. Some will be permitted to pass through. Police officers are trained on what to look for that may seem suspicious. If you are stopped, the officer will looks for signs of impairment such as slurred speech, smell of alcohol, and other factors that may indicate you are under the influence. Should an officer find any sign of impairment, you will be directed to a screening area where a field sobriety test will be administered. This test was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. What Does The Sobriety Test Consist Of? During this test, you may be asked to: Walk a straight line Stand on one foot Follow a moving object with your eyes Should you fail one or more of these tests, the officer would have probable cause to arrest. If you are arrested at a checkpoint, remember your rights, and contact Akron DUI Lawyer Linda M. Malek. If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be represented by a public defender. Please be safe, and always remember that drinking and driving is illegal and affects the safety of you and others on the road.        

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Domestic Violence Never Takes a Holiday

18th Dec 2015 Comments Off on Domestic Violence Never Takes a Holiday in Domestic Violence

The holidays are here, and along with them are a mountain of factors that can make stress levels sky-rocket, and create a breeding ground for domestic violence. Many people take vacation during the holiday season, which would seem to lower stress levels, but with financial obligations, shopping, relationship troubles, and family issues, the holidays can be extremely overwhelming. Did you know that 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime? Source: The National Domestic Violence Hotline That is a scary statistic, and unfortunately a topic that many people often are too uncomfortable to discuss. The fact is, it is a problem, and the more we analyze our environment, partners, and lifestyle, the better off we will be. Many victims that have reported domestic violence have been abused on more than one occasion. It is important to remember that the abuser is the person who needs to make a change, not the victim. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please report it, and get help if needed to remove yourself from the relationship and situation. Your first step after calling 911 is to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or to your local domestic violence outreach organization for help in creating a plan for your safety. Please be safe this holiday season, and please, call 911 if you are a victim of domestic violence. Linda Malek is a criminal defense attorney in Akron Ohio. If you or a loved one are in need of a domestic violence attorney in Akron Ohio, please contact her at (330) 819-8018 for a confidential case review.

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Hustle, Bustle, and a DUI

12th Dec 2015 Comments Off on Hustle, Bustle, and a DUI in DUI

Holidays Not So Happy With a DUI Out and about getting all of your holiday shopping done, lists checked, stocking stuffers ready, and you decide to stop and have a few drinks. Next thing you know, you are pulled over and given a sobriety test. Your holiday gift from the law. Handcuffed and taken downtown. The scenario above is a very popular one during the holiday season. The stress of the holidays makes us want to unwind. Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent act is cause for a DUI charge. The Holiday season is a busy time for the Akron Police Department. You will see more and more patrol cars sitting off the highway, or even on side roads. You may even run into an Akron DUI checkpoint. How To Avoid a DUI The first and most obvious way to avoid DUI charges is to designate a driver A DUI lifesaver that is not used nearly enough is a Taxi Cab. Keep in mind that many Taxi Services offer free rides around the holidays. Know your limits. Your Blood Alcohol Content is what will make or break you. If you or someone close to you is arrested for a DUI/OVI in Akron, or other cities in Summit, Portage, or Cuyahoga counties, contact Akron DUI attorney Linda M. Malek for a free consultation. Be safe, and have a great holiday season.    

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