DUI and Impaired Driving
The laws in Ohio have recently changed. OVI or operating a vehicle while impaired is a far reaching classification that can have detrimental effects on your livelihood and freedom. DWI which stands for driving while intoxicated, DUI also known as driving under the influence and OMVI, an acronym that means operating a motor vehicle impaired are all categorized under OVI. Under this new legislation, driving is no longer a requirement. The word vehicle is all encompassing. When you are slapped with a DUI, your driver’s license, freedom and future are on the line.
DUI Akron Can Help
All you need is 2 drinks to put you beyond the legal limit in Ohio. Getting hit with a DUI can be a shock, especially if you’re a casual social drinker. Fortunately, we know the law and can use proven strategies to help reinstate your driver’s license. If successful, the prosecutor can send you to jail. DUI Akron can help you avoid incarceration. OVI finds are very steep. So steep that many people cannot afford to pay. We can help you avoid or mitigate fines. Rather than throw your life away for one small mistake, our firm can help you bypass criminal conviction.
When it comes to operating a vehicle under the influence, here’s what you might be facing: probation, jail, fines, victim restitution or court ordered alcohol and drug treatment. All of these are humiliating and debilitating. What’s worse is there’s more. Ignition interlock devices, higher driving insurance rates, driver’s license suspension, vehicle forfeiture and a permanent criminal record. If convicted, you could face up to 6 months in jai, $1075 in fines and a 3-year license suspension plus license reinstatement fee. This is just for first time offenders. Imagine what someone with a record is looking at!
Our job is to represent our clients to the fullest extent of the law. When you retain DUI Akron as your legal defense team, we run a full investigation and examine the prosecutor’s case against you. We look for errors and weaknesses that will discredit the state’s cause. Some of the questions we pose are, did the officer have probably cause to stop you? Was the arresting officer permitted to detain you? We determine if the sobriety test was conducted according to proper protocol. We will find out if the arrest was justifiable. Did the officer follow prerequisite regulations? Lastly, we conclude if the documentation was completed according to policy.
OVI Case Results
We represented a doctor who was charged with a DUI. He was stopped by an officer after driving through a red light. He submitted to a battery of sobriety tests without protest. His breath test was within the legal limits. We filed a motion to suppress due to improper administering of the sobriety test. Instead of following protocol, the officer had our client count and say the alphabet backwards and forwards. We were able to get the sobriety test thrown out. The state decided to continue with a trial. In less than 24 hours, the jury issued a not guilty verdict.