Facing a DUI charge (called OVI in Ohio) can be frightening. The impact that a DUI arrest can have on your life, career and reputation can be overwhelming. That is why it is critical to select an attorney who is knowledgeable about all aspects of DUI defense.
The penalties for driving under the influence in the State of Ohio have never been more severe. Even on a first offense you face mandatory incarceration in jail or a residential treatment facility, loss of your driver’s license, and substantial fines and costs. Use of an “Ignition Interlock” device or publicly visible yellow and orange restricted DUI license plates are now possible, and in some cases mandatory, even on a first offense. All of these penalties increase exponentially on subsequent offenses.
Ohio’s DUI laws are far more complicated than most people think. Many mistakenly believe that they must be “drunk” to be convicted of DUI. Not so. The State needs only prove that your ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol, drugs, or some combination of both. Even worse, the stigma of appearing “soft on DUI” may compel charges in circumstances where the facts are not sufficient for a conviction. Rather than entering a plea in a potentially borderline prosecution, effective counsel can assist you to obtain a more favorable resolution.