If you’ve been charged with an OVI or a DUI, it’s critical that you get a DUI defense lawyer to assist you throughout the process. At The O’Leary Law Office, I can help. I have been providing criminal defense legal services for over 12 years in Circleville, Ohio, and across Pickaway, Ross, Fairfield, Madison and Fayette and Hocking Counties. As a DUI defense attorney, I understand the DUI process and can help you get through it. 

Being charged with an OVI/DUI can be overwhelming. For many of my clients, it is their first experience dealing with our court system. Often, that experience begins without the benefit of anyone explaining to you how the process works or what you should do next. “What will happen when I see the judge?” “Will I go to jail?” “When will I be allowed to drive again?” “Why did the officer charge me twice?” Some of those questions will be on your mind. As your case moves forward, many more will come up.

Fortunately, you can get most of those questions answered – often during our first conversation. My first concern as an attorney is to provide my clients with the most accurate information I can. You need that information before we can begin to make decisions about how best to reach the outcome you need. Once we have talked through that plan, I want to get to work in court achieving that goal.

Fortunately, I can answer most of those questions during our first conversation. As a DUI Defense Attorney, I can provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions and guide you through a confusing process. 

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What is an OVI/DUI?

In Ohio, Revised Code §4511.19 prohibits Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs – or OVI. Many people and states also refer to this charge as Driving Under the Influence – or DUI. While it is most accurate to refer to an OVI for a charge in Ohio, no one will misunderstand you by calling it a DUI.

Ohio prohibits the operation of vehicles if a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or has specific concentrations of alcohol or drugs in their blood, breath, or urine. The evidence offered to prove this can include: an officer’s observations of your actual driving; interaction and conversations with you, performance on field sobriety testing, and results of breath or chemical testing. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or an OVI, it’s extremely important to speak with a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. 

What is an ALS Suspension?

Though you might not realize it, when you were granted a driver’s license you consented to submit to a chemical or breath test when an officer has probable cause to believe you were operating a vehicle under the influence. Determining if an officer had probable cause requires a more in-depth discussion in person, but once an officer believes he or she has it – you will be asked to submit to that test. 

Refusing the test or testing “over the limit” will trigger an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Frequently, this suspension is in place hours after your vehicle was stopped. Dealing with an inability to drive after being charged with an OVI is often one of the biggest problems my client’s face. There are limited ways a DUI and OVI defense lawyer can address an ALS suspension which may apply to your individual circumstances.

What will happen if I am convicted?

The penalties for OVI can be severe, but an experienced OVI defense attorney can spot issues in your case that might make them avoidable. When a person is convicted of an OVI, a court is required to impose certain penalties. Those penalties include a mandatory jail sentence, fines, and license suspension for a minimum of one year. Additionally, those penalties may also include court-ordered assessments and treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, probation, and the possibility of restricted license plates or special devices installed on your vehicle. Further, OVI is a moving violation that will incur six points on your driving record, potentially causing even more trouble.

For those individuals facing repeat or felony OVI charges within a ten year period, the required penalties become even more severe, including significantly more jail time, higher fines, longer license suspensions, mandatory drug or alcohol treatment, and immobilization or forfeiture of your vehicle. It is important that your DUI and OVI defense attorney has experience dealing with these types of OVI charges to confidently address all of the issues that surround them.

Can I get driving privileges?

Even with an OVI and DUI defense attorney, an OVI case can take months to work its way through court. Being able to drive while the charge is pending is critical for most people. Different courts take different approaches to grant driving privileges. Some will readily grant unlimited privileges under certain conditions, while other courts will necessarily be stricter about the conditions under which you can drive. Obtaining privileges to drive also depends upon your driving status relative to an ALS or other unrelated suspensions. As an OVI and DUI defense lawyer, I have successfully navigated through many courts’ preferences to obtain driving privileges as soon as practicable for most clients. 

I have represented countless people charged with OVI infractions throughout courts in Circleville and central Ohio. Those cases have ranged from simple first-time offenders to people facing years in prison for fifth or sixth convictions. If you’ve been charged with an OVI infraction, I’m confident I can help. Contact The O’Leary Law Office today to learn more about your options today.

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