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Shawn Dominy
Shawn Dominy is a DUI/OVI lawyer in Columbus, Ohio. He is the former President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the state delegate to the National College for DUI Defense and a long-time member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. Shawn Dominy authored the books 'Ohio DUI/OVI Guide', 'Ohio Vehicular Homicide Guide', and 'Ohio Vehicular Assault Guide' (Rivers Edge Publishing) and wrote a chapter in the book 'Defending Vehicular Homicide Cases' (Aspatore Publishing, 2012). He has several other published articles, and he speaks regularly at seminars teaching other lawyers about DUI/OVI. Shawn was named by SuperLawyers® as one of the top 50 lawyers in Columbus, Ohio, and he is listed as one of the 'Best Lawyers in America'® for DUI Defense. Shawn is a lifelong resident of central Ohio: he graduated from Olentangy High School and earned his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from The Ohio State University. His office is in Columbus, and he lives in Powell with his wife and daughter. He serves with local community organizations, volunteers regularly at his church, and plays regularly with his German Shepherd. For more information, Shawn’s website is www.dominylaw.com, his blog is www.columbusoviattorneyblog.com,

Driving High and THC Levels

A recent New York Times article answers this question:  “I know all about the dangers of driving while drunk.  But is driving while high on marijuana as dangerous?”  The author discusses the possible dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.  Studies on marijuana-related driving impairment have produced inconsistent results, so the true danger is unknown.  What is known is THC blood levels are not correlated with driving impairment. Read More »

Can You Get a DUI/OVI on a Horse-Drawn Buggy in Ohio?

Imagine a person in the process of being charged with DUI (called ‘OVI’ in Ohio).  I’ll bet you are imagining a person driving a car, or maybe another motorized vehicle.  You are probably not imagining a person on a buggy.  What does Ohio law say about non-motorized vehicles?  Can a person be charged with OVI on one of those?  An Ohio man recently learned the answer is ‘yes’, at least for a horse-drawn buggy. Read More »

Private Company Developing Test for Marijuana Intoxication

With the legalization of marijuana use, both medicinal and recreational, law enforcement is concerned about the increased number of drivers impaired by THC.  Tests currently used by law enforcement measure THC levels in a driver’s bodily fluids.  However, it can be difficult for law enforcement to identify a driver who is impaired by THC, as THC levels do not closely correlate with THC impairment.  A private company is developing a test to determine whether a driver’s brain functions are impaired ... Read More »

What Car Models Had the Most DUIs in 2021?

Cars don’t get DUIs.  People get DUIs.  But they get them in cars…and SUVs, and trucks, and even on electric scooters and golf carts. So, are there some models of vehicles which have more DUIs than others?  In this electronic age, you know someone somewhere has the data to answer that question.  That someone is insurify.com, and they did the number-crunching to provide a list of the Top 10 vehicles with the most DUIs in 2021. Read More »

Sentencing for Fatal DUI Crashes

ABC News reported that former Americna Idol star Caleb Andrew Kennedy was charged with DUI resulting in death.  At age 17, Kennedy faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charge.  Kennedy’s crash occurred in South Carolina.  What penalties would a driver face if charged with an equivalent offense in Ohio? Read More »

Infrastructure Bill and Impaired Driving Detection

State and federal governments have implemented various methods to combat impaired driving in the United States.  One approach was creating DUI per se laws which made it illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .10 or higher.  That ‘per se limit’ was later lowered to .08.  Other methods have included sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and public relations campaigns.  The newest strategy, included in the federal 2021 Infrastructure Bill, is to install impaired driving detection systems in ... Read More »

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DUI/OVI ENFORCEMENT

It’s New Year’s Eve.  Some call it ‘amateur night’ because people who do not drink alcohol regularly will be drinking tonight.  And some of them will be driving afterward.  If you can avoid driving tonight, you should.  If you can’t avoid driving tonight, it is definitely a time to be extra careful.  You should be cautious about the other drivers on the road, and you should be responsible about your own condition.  You should also be aware that law enforcement ... Read More »

Accident Reconstruction Evidence in Ohio

Accident reconstruction evidence was the subject of a recent appellate case in Ohio.  Everyone has heard of accident reconstruction, but most people do not know much about it.  This raises the question of whether accident reconstruction evidence involves ‘expert testimony’.  That question was answered by the Ohio appellate court in State v. Davis.  That case illustrates the significance of the ‘expert testimony’ label and contains important lessons for Ohio attorneys who handle cases of OVI, Vehicular Assault, and Vehicular Homicide. Read More »

New Case May Pave Way for Changes to Ohio Drugged Driving Law

Ohio law prohibits operating a vehicle with prohibited levels of drug metabolites in one’s blood or urine.  The law is inconsistent with science, but attacks on the law’s validity have been unsuccessful.  A new case from the Ohio Supreme Court on the issue of drug metabolites hints that the Court may be open to examining the validity of Ohio’s drugged driving law. Read More »