Facing a drunk driving charge like DUI (now called OVI) 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.
Ohio's DUI laws are far more complicated than most people think. First, most people mistakenly believe that they must be “drunk” to be convicted of DUI. Nothing could be further from the truth. 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 State routinely prosecutes people it knows to be innocent of the crime rather than appear soft on DUI.
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.
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