“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
The most commonly committed criminal offense in the United States is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is both an individual and community issue — a corporate executive is just as likely to drive impaired as an hourly worker. Recent recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aim to lower the fatalities caused by those who choose to drink and drive.
As of mid-August 2013, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has handled 14,834 incidents involving those who operate a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). That figure is only 544 short of the 15,378 OVI incidents registered in all of 2012. Nationwide, the NTSB notes that impaired drivers kill approximately 100,000 people each year.
To combat drunk driving, the NTSB released a report in May suggesting the following interventions:
While the NTSB’s recommendations are not binding on individual states, they provide a framework for legislators across the nation to debate, discuss and create their own impaired driving interventions. Tougher BAC laws lower the bar on OVI convictions if such legislation is ever passed.
If you are arrested for OVI in the Cleveland area, contact our experienced legal counsel at the Law Office of Gregory S. Robey as soon as possible.