Charles M. Rowland, II

Top rated DUI-DWI attorney in Dayton, Ohio

Babb, Anderson, Rowland & Smith
Charles M. Rowland, II
Babb, Anderson, Rowland & Smith

Practice Areas: DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1995

Education: Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024

Babb, Anderson, Rowland & Smith

2190 Gateway Drive
Dayton, OH 45324 Visit website


Nationally recognized Attorney Charles M. Rowland II is one of the top trial attorneys in the country. Mr. Rowland focuses his practice almost exclusively on DUI/OVI defense, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Green County and across the Miami Valley who stand accused of DUI, OVI or some similar charge.

A lawyer since 1995, Mr. Rowland has extensive legal experience, and he has gained significant training and certification in various areas, such as breath and field sobriety testing and drug recognition, that help him better challenge the prosecution's evidence and devise more effective strategies for the accused. Since DUI/OVI defense is all he does, he is able to provide unmatched representation to his clients, and he has achieved a long record of securing favorable outcomes for those he has served, including numerous dismissals and reductions of charges.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Rowland has received numerous top rankings and endorsements from his peers, including Top DUI Attorney designations from Time magazine and Car and Driver magazine, among others. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo as well as the site's Clients' Choice and Top Contributor awards.

A leader in his field, Mr. Rowland is founding member of the National DUI Lawyers Association and the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and he has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across the country on a variety of legal topics related to DUI defense, evidential breath testing, cross-examination and effective trial advocacy tactics, and more.

A 1992 magna cum laude graduate of Wright State University, Mr. Rowland attended Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law on an H. E. Ashcroft Memorial Scholarship. While pursuing his legal degree, he studied international law and European Economic Community Law at the University College London. He also served as member of his law school's moot court team and placed as a finalist at the National Tax Moot Court Competition in Houston, Texas. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1995, graduating Order of the Barristers.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas


  • 100% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Charles M. Rowland II provides information on Ohio's tough drunk driving laws., Ohio DUI/OVI Blog
Educational Background:
  • Charles M. Rowland graduated from Beavercreek High School in 1988., 1988
  • Charles M. Rowland earned a B.A. from Wright State University in Political Science (with honors) a minor in Sociology and graduated a University Honors Scholar, an academic letter winner, and with Phi Kappa Phi distinction., 1995
  • Twice-elected to the Beavercreek City School Board, Charles M. Rowland was a co-recipient of the 2006 Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Public Education Award., Public Education Award, Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • Received the Academic Letter Award for earning Outstanding Attorney Awards in the WSU Mock Trial Programs, was awarded Phi Kappa Phi distinction and was selected to represent Wright State University as a Student Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Wright State University
  • For his dedicated service to volunteer efforts in Greene County and for his activities with TCN-BHS, Greene County's Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug treatment provider, Charles M. Rowland II was awarded the District 6 Community Service Award for attorneys under 40 years of age., Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2004
  • In 2010 Charles M. Rowland II was chosen by the United States government and testified in court martial proceedings as an expert witness in evidential breath testing., Expert Witness, United States, 2010
  • In 2005, Charles Rowland was given the singular honor of being named a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. The Fellowship project that Mr. Rowland participated in resulted in a continued outreach to the Somali immigrant community and an interactive CD/DVD wherein members of the Somali community could learn about their rights in Ohio., 2005 Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2005
  • Charles M. Rowland continues being the lead criminal defense attorney in an ADAP (Alcohol Detection Apprehension and Prosecution) Mock Trial for the Greene County Police Academy. The academy students get to face a real-life cross examination in a fictional DUI case in a courtroom setting., Visiting DUI Defense Attorney, ADAP Academy Class, 2011
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • State v. Kreitz: Charles M. Rowland II was able to obtain a not guilty verdict on behalf of a defendant accused of causing two deaths while driving under the influence. Using forensic science and a lifetime of hard-earned trial experience, Rowland was able to convince the jury that Mr. Kreitz was not the driver of the vehicle., 2008
  • State v. Martin, Jackson County Municipal Court. Charles M. Rowland II successfully defended a high profile client. OVI charges were dismissed. The client pled to a minor misdemeanor violation., 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Charles M. Rowland II is a member of the Dayton Bar Association., 2008
  • Charles M. Rowland II of Fairborn, Ohio has been selected to be a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. They have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. The Fellows support the research work of the American Bar Foundation through their annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to leaders of the legal profession., 2012
  • Charles M. Rowland II is currently a member of the Clark County Bar Association, 2009
  • Charles M. Rowland II is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and has attended their intensive training seminar at Harvard University. He has also attended the 16th annual DUI Forensic Science Seminar., 2005
  • Charles M. Rowland II served as President of the Greene County Bar Association from 2008 to 2009. His service was marked by a return of Bar Association special events honoring people who have provided service to the Greene County Bar Association., 2008
  • Charles M. Rowland II is a former Fellow and continuing member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation., 2005
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • In 2008, he contributed to a revision to Anderson’s Ohio Civil Practice along with the judges of the Greene County Common Pleas Court., Author, Co-Editor, Anderson's Ohio Civil Practice (with Forms), Lexis-Nexis Publishing, 2008
  • DUI law at Harvard University. National Patent Analytical Systems
  • National College for DUI Defense Annual Scientific Evidence Seminar
  • Charles M. Rowland II was a visiting professor of Political Science for the Wright State University Honors Department teaching and participating in events leading up to the 2008 Presidential election., Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor, Wright State University Honors Department, 2008
  • In 2006, Charles Rowland presented a seminar on standardized field sobriety testing before the Greene County Bar Association., Speaker, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Greene County Bar Association, 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education seminar. I spoke about issues specific to DUI cases and participated in an open panel question and answer session., Lecturer, DUI Update, Dayton Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, 2011
  • On May 16, 2015 I spoke to a meeting of Miami Valley NORML about how to properly, politely and firmly handle a police interaction. It was a fun meeting, Attorney, Handling A Police Interaction, Miami Valley NORML, NORML, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Charles M. Rowland offers his services to the Police Academy of the Greene County Career Center's Criminal Justice Class. He acts as defense attorney in a mock trial designed to prepare officers to testify in court on DUI topics. The class is the culmination of the ADAP DUI training program., 2009
  • Charles M. Rowland II was twice-elected to serve on the Beavercreek City Schools Board of Education. Each year of his service was marked by an EXCELLENT distinction for Beavercreek City Schools by the Ohio Department of Education., 2001
  • Charles M. Rowland II has returned to the Board of TCN-BHS, Greene County's Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug treatment provider. Charles also served as President of the Board of Directors of TCN-BHS, Greene County’s Drug and Alcohol provider from 2003-2005., 2009
  • I spoke to the graduating Paralegal class at Fortis College in Centerville, Ohio. Linda Mullins Borgert had me in and we spoke about a range of topics including the current state of criminal law and the ways that paralegals can help shape the judicial system., 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • In 2010, Charles M. Rowland II attended the most current NHTSA training wherein he was trained to administer and evaluate the standardized field sobriety tests. This is the same NHTSA/SFST training course that law enforcement officers are trained in nationwide and testify to in court., 2010
  • Trained as Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Certified, 2014
  • Completed Drug Recognition Expert Training in Denver, Colorado under the tutelage of Lance Platt, Platt & Associates. The training covered the main focus of the DRE protocol that is currently being implemented in Ohio, 2014
  • Charles M. Rowland II was the first attorney in the United States to earn a certificate in Forensic Sobriety Assessment. FSA certification requires proficiency in the scientific principles and research relating to sobriety testing in a DUI/OVI stop. It subsumes the NHTSA training (knowledge of the NHTSA manual is required) and greatly extends it. Charles Rowland is currently the only lawyer in Ohio to hold FSA certification., 2008
  • Charles Rowland was the first private attorney in the State of Ohio certificated on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testing machine. His certification required an understanding of the machine, its calibration and the use of the device as an evidential breath testing instrument in DUI cases., 2009
  • National Patent Analytical Systems has certified Charles Rowland in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC Data Master Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument, the most commonly used breath testing instrument in Ohio for DUI arrests., 2006
  • Charles M. Rowland II explains his credentials and how they can help clients., Credentials, 2010
  • Where does my passion for DUI defense come from and why should you hire me to represent you in a DUI case? This video will explain why we fight as hard as we do to defend your drunk driving case., Why I Fight, 2011
  • Sometimes the scariest part of a court case is not knowing what the process is like. Charles Rowland explains the court process., Court Process, 2010
  • What are the field sobriety tests and why do they impact your DUI case. Charles M. Rowland II is qualified to challenge your field sobriety tests in court., Field Sobriety Tests, 2011
  • Here is how you can contact attorney Charles M. Rowland II., Contact Us, 2009

Office location for Charles M. Rowland, II

2190 Gateway Drive
Dayton, OH 45324

Phone: 937-318-1384


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