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What is the Difference between a DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI?

Did you know there’s no real difference between the terms DUI, DWI, OMVI, and OVI? Ohio’s used all of these acronyms at one point or another in our history. Check out the timeline and what they stand for here!

Infographic illustrating the difference between DUI, DWI, OMVI, and OVI.

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Summit Country Day School Recognizes Robert Dziech 

Here at the Farrish Law Firm, we consider it one of our core values to give back to the community, which is why we sponsor events and scholarships for Ohio students.

With that, please join us in congratulating our very own Robert Dziech, Esq for his recent recognition by Summit Country Day School for his lifelong, passionate and unwavering dedication to his alma mater. Robert was given the distinct honor of Honorary Captain/Coach at Summit’s first high school football game held at the University of Cincinnati as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

We at The Farrish Law firm are very proud of Robert; he is not only an accomplished attorney but also a man dedicated to his community.

For More information on The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. Cincinnati Superhero Scholarship click here.

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What Happens to you at 0.08 Blood Alcohol?

Click the picture below to see an infographic describing what could happen to you at 0.08 BLC!

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Click here to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content using our BAC Calculator!

Infographic: Field Sobriety Tests

Being pulled over under suspicion of a DUI/OVI can be terrifying. If you decide to participate in a field sobriety test, you can expect to do and potentially all of the following. Click below to learn more:



Should the BAC Limit Be Lowered?

blood alcohol levelThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently suggested that the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for determining DUI (driving under the influence) should be lowered from .08% to .05%. In other words, the NTSB suggests that drivers don’t need to hit that .08% BAC limit in order to be considered risks to themselves and other drivers on the road.

Cincinnati news station WLWT News 5 recently covered the issue, and we at The Farrish Law Firm. L.P.A. think that this topic deserves even more attention.

Lowering the Limit: Pros
The obvious benefit of lowering the limit is that more drivers could be arrested for driving under the influence, ideally lowering the number of alcohol-related car accidents and fatalities. In big cities and metropolitan areas such as in Cincinnati, the issue of finding a ride home after drinking isn’t too much of a concern. Between taxis, Uber cars, and friends who live near by, it can be fairly easy for individuals to catch a ride with a sober driver after a night out.

Even if lowering the limit doesn’t substantially reduce car accident fatalities, it could still reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes that result in minor injuries or in no injuries at all. Any car accident, even one that only results in minor property damage, can be expensive. Mother Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, statistics show that around 300,000 people drive under the influence every day and this ends up costing the U.S. around $199 billion every single year.

By lowering the BAC limit to .05%, it seems very likely that drivers would be more careful about getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Lowering the Limit: Cons
This topic poses the question: Would lowering the BAC limit really make that much of a difference? For individuals who are already very aware of their alcohol intake before driving, they aren’t likely to get behind the wheel if they are concerned about their ability to drive.

For individuals who don’t care about driving under the influence, a lower legal limit isn’t likely to deter them from getting behind the wheel after drinking. According to MADD statistics, the average drunk driver gets behind the wheel 80 times before being caught and arrested. If an individual isn’t using one of these options already, will a stricter DUI law make a drastic difference?

Right now, there is no way to know if lowering the legal BAC level from .08% to .05% will make a very big difference. What do you think? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments and help us keep the discussion going!

Rob Dziech – Meritorious Service Award

Rob Dziech AttorneyRecently one of our own, Rob Dziech, was honored with the Meritorious Service Award from The Summit Country Day School. Rob’s strong support of the school and education, in general, is truly inspiring.

Woman Beats DUI Charge, Argues Her Body is a Brewery

A New York woman beat a DUI charge in late 2015 after her lawyer argued her body is a brewery. In fall 2015, officers arrested the woman and took her to the hospital after she blew a .40 BAC, an extremely lethal level.

The hospital wanted her immediate release because she was displaying no signs of intoxication. Upon the woman’s lawyer’s investigation, they learned the woman had a very rare intestinal disorder that caused her body to brew its own alcohol. After presenting evidence of the woman’s health condition, auto-brewery syndrome, the judge dismissed her case just before Christmas.

Is auto-brewery syndrome real?

Cheers with BeerYes. Auto-brewery syndrome has not made many headlines because it is such as rare, obscure condition, but it has medical documentation. In 1912, the medical community first described auto-brewery disorder as “germ carbohydrate fermentation” and coined it as gut-fermentation syndrome. Researchers looked into the disorder in the 1930s and ‘40s to explore its contribution to vitamin deficiencies and irritable bowel syndrome.

People who have the disorder have an abnormal amount of gastrointestinal yeast in their body that converts regular food carbohydrates into ethanol. Doctors think the carbohydrate-to-alcohol conversion process takes place in the small intestine. People with auto-brewery syndrome have a vastly different gut fermentation process than other people that converts carbohydrates into glucose as a form of fuel for the body.

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Most Dangerous Days of the Year

FireworksDisaster can strike at any moment – even on one of the most joyous days of the year. Believe it or not, holidays are some of the most dangerous days for DUI accidents – and it is no wonder considering the non-stop barrage of marketing and advertising of alcohol products leading up to these annual milestones.

If you are like most, you are a cautious and careful driver 365 days of the year. However, as the following article will detail, there are certain days on which you should take extra precautions to avoid a major disaster – because nothing ruins the holidays quite like a trip to the emergency room or the police station.

If you made a mistake and got on the road after having too much to drink, call The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. at 513-621-8700 so our DUI defense attorneys can get started on your case.

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Know your Limits: How much Alcohol is in Your Favorite Craft Beers?

The craft beer revolution has taken Cincinnati, Ohio by storm. From MadTree to Rhinegeist, Braxton Brewery to Listerman’s, these breweries have made the Queen City a destination for quality craft beer.

Options are endless; individuals flock to these breweries and request them at local bars because of the unique taste and/or seasonal flavor, but they sometimes forget: these local craft beers are high in alcohol content. And you have to remember; one beer isn’t equivalent to one drink. In the case of some local craft beers, one beer is equivalent to two (or more).


So what does one drink equal?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one standard drink has 14 grams of alcohol.

Translation: 12 ounces of “regular” beer. Beer typically has about 5% of alcohol.

But when was the last time you looked at how many grams of alcohol your glass of beer contained? Most likely—never.

However, this information is very, very important, especially if you drove yourself and/or your family to the bar or brewery. Drinking and driving is a serious offense here in Cincinnati, Ohio. At The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., we dedicate our lives as DUI attorneys to fighting for people when they’ve been charged with a DUI, but we also care about educating people in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky about how to avoid getting a DUI.

One way to avoid getting a DUI is to know your limits; and it is especially important to know your limits when it comes to craft beer consumption.

If your friend asked you if you were able to drive, how would you judge? Many people base it off of three things:

  1. How many drinks they’ve had
  2. How long it has been since their last drink
  3. And whether or not they’ve consumed any food.

While all of these factors do affect your BAC, along with your BMI and metabolic rate, the first one—how many drinks they’ve had—isn’t as easy to determine as it seems, especially if there was craft beer involved.

Know your limits.

Use our craft beer BAC calculator to understand how these local brews affect you differently than a light beer with a lower alcohol percentage.

Know that the purpose of this BAC calculator is to show you just how much alcohol is in your favorite local craft beers so that you can drink responsibly and better know your limits.

Click here to use our Cincinnati Craft Beer Calculator.

Has Uber decreased drunk driving incidents?

The numbers don’t lie: The rise of Uber and other ride-sharing services is saving lives. Report after report is showing that this is true. We have compiled some of the research results right here for you:

According to a recent Entrepreneur article, Temple University researchers found that Uber’s entry into California markets reduced DUI deaths between 2009 and 2014. On average, the number of alcohol-related driving deaths decreased by between 3.6 and 5.6 percent in California areas that utilized the Uber X service. This means that we could save 500 lives and $1.3 billion each year by implementing Uber X nationwide.

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Uber itself has estimated that the number of DUI arrests in Seattle, Washington, decreased by more than 10 percent with the introduction of its services to the city. In their own words, “The availability and affordability of rides on the Uber network provide the residents of Uber-enabled cities with an important alternative to drunk driving.”

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