Taking Your DUI/OVI Charge Seriously
In Ohio, driving under the influence (DUI), which is now known as operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), is a serious traffic offense with serious potential penalties. From the initial stop by the police officer to your first court appearance, everything that you say and do is being scrutinized. But OVI cases can be and are frequently won with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you are facing an OVI charge in Columbus or the surrounding area, the team at Blosser Law Office can help. Attorney Jeffery M. Blosser has over 20 years of criminal defense experience.
Understanding Ohio Laws On Drunk Driving
Ohio DUI/OVI law has changed significantly in the past several years. As of now, anyone driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more or under the influence of a controlled substance can be charged with an OVI.
A conviction for an OVI offense carries certain maximum and minimum penalties. Aside from going to jail, other penalties may include: obtaining special license plates, ignition interlock devices, vehicle immobilization and/or forfeiture and a suspension of your driver’s license. A first offense could mean up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,075 in fines. Penalties only go up from there with additional offenses or aggravating circumstances, such as a BAC over .17%.
Building A Strong Defense
There are many factors to consider when preparing your defense. In many instances, a video of the initial traffic stop may be obtained. In addition, it is important to obtain and review records relating to the police officer’s notes of the traffic stop, the results of any field sobriety tests and records relating to any machine or test that was used to determine your blood alcohol level. Mr. Blosser can obtain these records and analyze them to effectively organize your defense.
Aggressive and early preparation is the key and you don’t have time to waste. There are many instances where it may be possible to beat your Ohio DUI or reduce the charge to a lesser offense. In several cases, your license is suspended pending the Ohio DUI case. You need to drive, so we work to get your license back or driving privileges to allow you to continue to drive during the suspension.
Call For A Free Consultation
If you are charged with a DUI/OVI in Ohio you face many penalties. A loss of your driver’s license or serving time in jail can mean losing your job. It is critical to have an experienced Ohio DUI Lawyer to represent you throughout every stage of the proceedings. Contact us today by reaching out online or calling 614-963-9962 to discuss your case. Your no-obligation consultation is free and confidential.