Visitors to Ohio are subject to the laws of Ohio. When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this means that anyone found operating a motor vehicle with one of the following blood alcohol concentrations will be arrested and charged immediately:
- .08 BAC for anyone older than 21 and driving a personal vehicle
- .04 BAC for anyone driving a commercial vehicle
- .02 BAC for anyone younger than 21
Ohio police and Highway Patrol officers also specifically test suspected intoxicated drivers for the following drugs: Continue reading
Avoiding a DUI charge once an Ohio law enforcement officer asks you to perform field sobriety tests is difficult in many scenarios. The officer can be predisposed to interpret any stumble, stammer, or errant eye movement as evidence you were drinking or using drugs before getting on the road. Ironically, arguing that you were not can heighten the officer’s suspicion that you were.
Of course, if you, a friend, or a family member is experiencing an emergency in your car or at the place you were trying to reach, you are likely to answer a police officer’s questions in a confused manner and to have trouble doing things like perfectly walking a straight line heel-to-toe. Claiming that the emergency is why you committed a purported traffic violation that caught the officer’s attention or failed the field tests will do you little good. Continue reading