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Charles Melville Rowland II

DUI and DWI Attorney at Fairborn, OH

4.8   38 reviews
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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1995
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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    I concentrate my practice on defending the accused drunk driver.

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING? CHARLES M. ROWLAND II CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR LIFE BACK!

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Attorney Charles M. Rowland II maintains an established DUI and criminal practice representing the accused in State and Federal courts in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio. Since 2003, Charles Rowland has dedicated his practice to representing the accused drunk driver.  National Patent Analytical Systems has certified Charles Rowland in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC DataMaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument and the new DataMaster DMT, the most commonly used breath testing instrument in Ohio for DUI / OVI arrests.  He is a proud member of the National College for DUI defense and in 2006 attended the intensive seminar on DUI law at Harvard University.  In October, 2006, Charles Rowland presented a seminar on standardized field sobriety testing before the Greene County Bar Association.  In 2007, Charles Rowland earned his operator's certificate of competency on the Intoxilyzer 8000 at an intensive seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana wherein he received additional training on standardized field sobriety testing procedures. 

Charles Rowland has been a trial lawyer in Greene County since the inception of his practice. He is a 1988 graduate of Beavercreek High School and a life-long resident of Beavercreek, Ohio. He graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University in 1992, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. Charles earned the degree of University Honors Scholar with Honors from the Political Science Department, received the Academic Letter Award for his achievements in the National Mock Trial competition and was selected to represent Wright State University as a Student Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

He was awarded the H. E. Ashcroft Memorial Scholarship to attend Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law. While in law school, Charles studied International Law and European Economic Community Law at the University College London, Bentham Faculty of Laws. He was a finalist at the prestigious National Tax Moot Court Competition in Houston. Texas and for his efforts was made an Associate Justice of the Ohio Northern Moot Court Program and was named to the Order of the Barristers for excellence in appellate advocacy. He graduated in the top 25% of his class in 1995 and returned to the Miami Valley to begin his practice.

Charles Rowland has appeared as an expert on television, radio and in newspapers, authoring articles for the popular "Ask an Attorney" section of the Xenia Daily Gazette, the Beavercreek News Current and the Fairborn Daily Herald.  He has been included in the 2005-2006 edition of the National Register of Who's Who in Executive and Professionals and was the 2004 Ohio State Bar Foundation recipient of the Community Service Award for Attorneys under 40 years old. In 2005, Charles Rowland was given the singular honor of being named a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Charles Rowland maintains memberships in the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Green County Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense, the National Motorists Association, the Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and is an associate attorney with the Cochran Firm, Criminal Defense Section, the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and DUI Defenders, a national network of DUI defense lawyers. Mr. Rowland currently serves as President of the Greene County Bar Association.

In November 2005, Charles was re-elected to serve a four-year term on the Beavercreek Board of Education. He is co-founder and past-president of the Beavercreek High School Alumni Association, Treasurer of the Wright State Honors Advisory Council, advisor to the Board of Directors of the Beavercreek Wetlands Association, and has served on the St. Luke Parish Council where volunteered as a School of religion teacher. He has also served as President of The Community Network (TCN-BHS), Greene County's Mental Health and Drug/Alcohol Counseling provider and on the Legislative Committee of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce.

Charles M. Rowland II has been a trial attorney since beginning his practice in 1995. He has served as a Special Prosecutor for Greene County, the Xenia City Prosecutor, as counsel for the Greene County Public Defender's Office and has helped indigent clients in consumer related cases with Southeastern Ohio Legal Aid Services. He represents traffic clients throughout Ohio on behalf of Interstate Trucker Ltd. and the National Motorists Association. Charles Rowland's practice areas include all phases of criminal defense, DUI/OVI law, traffic law, consumer law, personal injury/accident law, juvenile law and appellate practice.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2014,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2016 2014 2012 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Location

Chalres M. Rowland II
Babb, Anderson, Rowland & Smith
2190 Gateway Dr.
Fairborn, OH, 45324

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Michael | July 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer I will never need again!!
Charles is the man. This situation brought on a ton of stress, added anxiety, and a huge loss of money. Charles was worth every penny I paid him!! He made everything right just like he said he would! His calmness through the process was a huge help in getting through it! I recommend Charles to anyone finding themselves in this situation!
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2021
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Excellent Representation
Mr. Rowland represented me in a very difficult court. He was able to get a plea to a lesser charge which helped me to keep my job. The whole OVI process was terrifying for me, and I am glad that I retained an expert who was very knowledgeable and experienced in a trial environment. Mr. Rowland doesn't promise miracles, but he will get the best outcome for your individual case.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2021
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6th DUI
If you read any reviews read this one.I was facing my 6th DUI offence which is a 3rd degree felony.Facing 8 years in prison I had to make the most important decision of my life in choosing the right person to help me.I wanted a person who was out for my best interest and a specialist in this area.Seeing how they had blood work to use against me in court I was feeling hopeless.Mr. Rowland assured me that he was on my side and we would get through this together.This process lasted a year and a half and during that time frame Mr.Rowland always returned my phone calls and even answered on Sundays if I had any questions.I couldn't name any other attorney who would do that.To walk into court with Mr.Rowland and Mr.Babbs on my side made me feel very confident that everything was going to go as well as it could. Needless to say at the end of this the blood work was thrown out and himself and Mr Babbs helped to save my family from years of heartache.I would highly recommend them both to anyone who cares about their future after this nerve recking experience.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2020
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DUI second offense
Mr. ROWLAND AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF OF PARALEGALS WERE GREAT! I could not be more satisfied especially with the stipulations I was facing being this was my second offense though, it was first in the state of Ohio. To put it simply when myself and Mr. Rowland needed to aporrear in court I knew that they knew he was on the premises and he was there to get S*** done ok behalf of his client. Not going into any specifics but my court fee was next to nothing, how my license suspension went was an added bonus and it is now behind me and in the past. One thing you can rely on when hiring Mr. Rowland and his staff is that the pressure will be taken from you and applied to the courts that you are responsible to report to. Great job much appreciated Mr. Rowland and staff!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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Anonymous DUI Client
Best lawyer to have on your side when the gavel hits. If you have used someone else then your probably not writing this review from the comforts of your home.
Posted by Broden | May 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer Great Man
I first called Mr. Rowland about my case on a Saturday afternoon, He picked right up, asked me the appropriate questions and I set up a time to meet with him. Upon meeting with him I felt from the start he was going to do his best work for me and not give me any bs just straight to the point. He was able to get the outcome I wanted and a bit more. He always reinsured me that “I work for you” making sure I was getting all my questions answered. Plus he has the most wonderful paralegal who is always on point. I had a great experience with Mr. Rowland, would recommend to anyone dealing with a OVI case.
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Posted by Patricia | March 8, 2018
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Excellent attorney
Hired Mr Rowland for my family member. He got her license returned next day and charges significantly reduced to a traffic offense. He handles all cases himself and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of DUI law. He and his staff answer phone calls immediately and schedule appointments right away. So glad we had attorney Rowland
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
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You get what you pay for!
"Did you ever hear the phrase, 'You get what you pay for'?" was what Charles asked me when he called to tell me he got all charges dropped and reduced to reckless operation. So, in my case that phrase is entirely true. He was worth every penny. I made a huge error in judgement and the outcome could have been much worse and would have had a severely negative effect on my life and career. Moreover, he handled everything for me 'in absentia' as I am an out-of-state resident and travel frequently. His staff were friendly, knowledgeable, quick to respond, and readily available to answer any questions I had. I'm so glad I found him and am beyond grateful. He is extremely experienced, respected, compassionate, and answered my initial 'hot-line' phone call personally, on a Sunday afternoon! Thanks a million, Charles!
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Posted by Kathy | July 12, 2017
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Hire if you want the Best
I came across Mr. Rowland after looking on the internet for the best lawyer for my circumstance and his name kept coming up. I am so glad that I made the call and put my future in his hands. My case had its ups and down, but in the end Mr. Roland was able to negotiate an outcome, I didn't even expect. He is a wonderful lawyer and really knows his stuff. I would recommend to anyone in this situation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2017
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Fantastic in every way.
He is extremely professional, personable and compassionate. When you call the hotline for first contact, it goes directly to his phone. You don't have to leave a message or speak with a secretary and wait for a call back. The day after my incident I was very scared and worried but he put me at ease about everything. His office staff were incredibly helpful and reliable. I only had to go in to court once for the final hearing so I did not have to miss work. He is an expert. I would absolutely hire him again.
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Response from Charles Rowland March 3, 2017
Thank you. I will make sure to relay this kind message to my staff. This kind of thing keeps us all motivated. Thanks again.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Happy Client
I was involved in an crash on my own with no other vehicles. I was charged with DUI. After I was released from the hospital and contacted Mr. Rowland. He quickly took the facts he needed and after I engaged him said he would file all necessary paperwork to postpone the pretrial hearing. He took care of all quickly and aftet I had court I was very happy with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
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Great Service from a great man!!
I got into trouble (DUI) early in December 2015 and had a very high blood alcohol level and operated the vehicle without a lisence ( I'm a foreigner ) busy with my immigration process and this was very bad for me!! I was in trouble big trouble until I went online and had Charles represent me!! From the start he was straight forward and giving it to me the way it is!! He didn't make empty promises and there was no hidden costs or anything like that!! Charles got my charges down to what is needed for me to be able to continue my immigration process into this great country!! Thanks Charles for everything you are truly a great man and if anyone ever have any trouble I would for sure recommend Mr Rowland !!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
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Excellent!!
Mr Rowland was very professional and got the job done in a very timely manner! I couldn't be happier with everything he has done for me. I would highly recommend Mr, Rowland!
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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The outcome I needed!
Mr. Rowland and his knowledgeable, prepared team got the job done. He was able to get my OVI charge reduced to a reckless operation after a positive breath test. This not only keeps an OVI off my record, but saved me hundreds If not thousands of dollars in fees, court costs, license reinstatement charges, etc. It is apparent through my work with him that he knows what he is doing when it comes to helping clients face these charges, and that it is critical to have someone with his knowledge and relationships working on your behalf. He comes with my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2016
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Yay!
Would definitely recommend Mr.Rowland. He's awesome, professional, and honest. My DUI was amended to a physical control, no points or DUI are going to be on my record, saving my position at work, and thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. I witnessed Mr. Rowland having a good working relationship with the ppl, staff, other attorneys, probation dept. at the court where my hearing was held, so I can only assume he does at other courts too. A lil bit pricy..but it's not horrible, and totally worth it. I wish I could've had somebody like him for my divorce!!!
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Posted by Melissa | August 17, 2015
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Got my life back
Attorney Rowland was professional, knowledgable, caring, and thorough. My case was sensitive and he handled it with absolute finesse and professional courteousness. This was my 2nd problem within a year, which the first issue was a lesser charge and the second arrest should have never happened. Attorney Rowland truly found the most appropriate and intelligent way to handle my case which allowed for the entire issue to be completely resolved. Getting my life back was worth the fee he charges. I considered it to be the best decision I made in a long time given the terrible circumstance. I will always recommend him to others with no doubt or hesitation. Completely grateful.
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Posted by Todd | December 10, 2014
Committed to service and excellence
Mr. Rowland has represented me several times over the past 20 year. While he mainly does DUI cases now, several years ago he helped me gain custody of my son. It's rare for a father to gain custody, but Mr. Rowland's approach to my case insured my son's longterm well-being and environmental stability. I will forever be grateful for his dedication to my son's well-being.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2014
Outstanding work! Saved my career!
Everything was on the line for me after I was charged based on the sensitive nature of my work. I researched a number of criminal defense/ ovi attorneys. Charles was the only one who seemed to just do DUIs. I can't tell you how pleased I was with the service and the result in my case. Charles challenged the ticket at a number of levels and was able to reduce the charge to something that didn't cost me my job or my freedom. What a relief!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2014
Best DUI lawyer in the state.
Charlie is the best DUI Lawyer in the state of Ohio. He is extremely knowledgable and also cares deeply for his clients and makes sure they're treated fairly.
Posted by Kyle | November 13, 2014
Highly Recommend
Im a recent college graduate who just started looking for a job and happened to get pulled over at the wrong time. Thought i did well on my test and i blew twice the limit. I wanted a good lawyer so i could beat this case and i couldn't of chose a better lawyer than Mr. Rowland. A very very friendly down to earth person and he definitely knows what he's doing. He was able to get my DUI dropped and i almost couldn't believe it. Anyways i highly recommend Mr Rowland if you are in the same position i was in
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Babb, Anderson, Rowland & Smith
  • 2005 - Present
  • Acting City Prosecutor
  • Xenia City Prosecutor's Office
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Cox, Keller & Rowland
  • 1995 - 2005

Education

  • Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Wright State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Calton
  • DUI/OVI dismissed
  • State v. Martin
  • Complete Dismissal of the OVI and Child Endangering Charges
  • State v. Kreitz
  • Not Guilty on All Counts
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Associations

  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Motorists Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Greene County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Greene County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Beavercreek City Schools
  • School Board Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • TCN-BHS, Greene County's Drug & Alcohol Treatment Provider
  • Board of Directors
  • 1997 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Life Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 2018
  • NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor
  • NHTSA Instructor Certifcate
  • 2018
  • Drug Recognition Expert Certification
  • Platt & Associates
  • 2016
  • Fellow to the American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 2012
  • NHTSA Standadized Field Sobriety Testing (Student Course)
  • Platt & Associates
  • 2010
  • Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certificate
  • Forensic Sobriety Assessment
  • 2008
  • 2005 Bar Fellowship
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • 2006
  • Public Education Award
  • Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce
  • 2006
  • 2005 Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Tunes & Trends
  • What to Do If You Are Pulled Over
  • 2008
  • Ohio Anderson's Civil Practice
  • Insurance to Zoning
  • 2008
  • Greene County Dailies
  • Ask an Expert (Legal Commentaries)
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • NHTSA Instructor Certification
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2018
  • Prof. Cynthia Thompson
  • DUI & Justice in America
  • 2013
  • Monthly Meeting of the "Crime Club"
  • The Drunken Monkey Theory (Alcohol a Cultural History)
  • 2013
  • Cultural Diversity Class
  • Inequality and the Law
  • 2012
  • ADAP/DUI Mock Trial
  • DUI/OVI Cross-Examination
  • 2012
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • OVI Penalties for the Professional
  • 2008
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (29)
Endorse Charles
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rowland has availed himself of a multitude of cutting-edge training opportunities, which combined with his passion and experience gives me the utmost trust in his ability to get results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rowland is undoubtedly one of the absolute finest, hardest working, skilled and knowledgeable DUI lawyers in Ohio."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Charles Rowland is an extremely talented and highly respected attorney in the legal community. Charles aggressively and passionately represents his clients and truly cares about protecting their rights. His experience and credentials are above and beyond any other attorney in his field. I highly recommend Charles to anyone facing an OVI / DUI charge in Ohio."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie is a fantastic OVI/DUI attorney and an even better man. You can trust him completely to be attentive to your case and to have the knowledge and experience to get the best result for you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is exactly the kind of lawyer that I respect. He is always willing to share his input on important legal issues and he often gives me a new way to think about key issues in DUI law. I truly respect the practice he has built and the time he invests in improving the level of practice of others in the community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Rowland is undoubtedly one of the absolute finest, hardest working, skilled and knowledgable DUI lawyers in Ohio. His dedication to this area of law - always growing in technicality and scientific scrutiny - my first call when I have a question on an OVI is to Attorney Rowland. I'm proud to endorse this lawyer and prouder still to call him my brother at the criminal defense bar."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you have been accused of OVI, you have a lot on the line. You need a knowledgeable and experienced DUI practitioner in your corner. Not only has Attorney Rowland ascertained substantial experience helping people charged with drunk driving in Ohio, it is clear that he is consistently staying on top of the latest developments in DUI laws and defense. I endorse DUI/OVI Defense Lawyer Charles Rowland."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I am in Ann Arbor, MI, I sometimes have clients from Ohio. I wouldn't hesitate to refer them to Charles Melville Rowland II for excellent DUI advice and representation in Ohio. He is both knowledgeable and experienced. He works hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles Rowland. He is one of the best DUI lawyers in the Dayton area. His dedication to the law and his clients is not surpassed. Excellent OVI attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If arrested for DUI or DWI in the state of Ohio, there is only one lawyer I would call. And, that is Charles Rowland. He is the "go-to" DUI lawyer in the state of Ohio. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and will fight your DUI from every possible angle. It is for those reasons and many more, that I am honored to fully endorse Mr. Rowland."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If I have a question about Ohio law, I call Charles."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rowland is a well-respected DUI / DWI attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer who truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. Mr. Rowland is a terrific lawyer. I endorse Mr. Rowland to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rowland is an excellent attorney; I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His insightful contributions to Avvo show his thorough knowledge of DUI defense law."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is the man you want for a DUI in and around Dayton."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Rowland has the experience and credentials to evidence that he is a top notch DUI attorney. I highly recommend Attorney Rowland to any person charged with a DUI in Ohio."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is the guy to go to if you get arrested for DUI in Dayton or the surrounding area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rowland epitomizes all the things I would look for in an attorney: easily approachable, returns calls, thorough and completely engrossed in his working knowledge of the law, and above all, dedicated to his client's best interests. I trust his advice and approach in working through any case."
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Fairborn DUI and DWI Lawyer Charles Melville Rowland II
Charles Melville Rowland II
DUI and DWI Attorney
Fairborn, OH
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation