Articles Tagged with Speedy Trial

Alarm-clock-300x240In DUI cases (called ‘OVI’ in Ohio), a defendant is sometimes charged with two OVI charges.  One charge is OVI ‘impaired’, based on operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  The other charge is OVI ‘per se’, based on operating a vehicle with a prohibited concentration of alcohol and/or drugs in the driver’s breath, blood, or urine.  In cases involving blood and urine tests, the charge of OVI ‘per se’ is often filed weeks or months after the charge of OVI ‘impaired’ is filed, as law enforcement waits to file the ‘per se’ charge until after receiving the results of the blood/urine test.

In those cases, when does the speedy trial clock start for the later-filed charge of OVI ‘per se’?  Is it when the original charge was filed, when the test results were received, or when the second charge is filed?  That question was recently answered by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Alarm clockFour months after Brittany was arrested and charged with OVI, the government charged her with a second count of OVI. In November, Brittany was arrested for OVI. On the day of her arrest, she submitted a urine sample, and she was charged with OVI. Three weeks later, the urine sample was analyzed, and the result was provided to the police department. In March, four months after the arrest, the police department charged Brittany with a second count of OVI based on the result of the urine test. Isn’t that a violation of her right to a speedy trial?

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