Different states have different DUI laws, and what you don’t know about state DUI laws could hurt you. For instance, did you know that in Ohio, there is an implied consent law? This means that by refusing to submit to a chemical test, you are subject to a fine and an automatic license suspension. Not knowing the local DUI laws in Ohio could have negative consequences that will impact your life. This is why it is important to find a good lawyer who knows how to handle criminal law cases like felonies and DUI.
DUI is a serious charge in Ohio
In Ohio, DUI or driving under the influence is known as OVI or operating a vehicle under the influence. For persons under the age of 21 years, the legal Blood Alcohol Content limit is .02%. Law enforcement in Ohio takes OVI very seriously and the consequences of a conviction can be severe.
Drunk driving laws are strictly enforced in Ohio, and about one out of every seven licensed drivers in the state – that’s more than 1 million people – have at least one OVI conviction. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 44,789 people in the state have five or more OVI convictions. An OVI conviction can be classified with felonies and has serious consequences that can affect your ability to find a job, buy a house, get a loan etc.
Consequences of a DUI conviction in Ohio
Following an OVI conviction in Ohio, you could be facing any and all of these penalties:
- Your driver’s license may be suspended for anywhere from six months to three years, pending an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing.
- You may be facing jail time from three days to six months.
- You may be subject to fines from $250 to $1000.
- For a first offense, the license reinstatement fee is usually $450.
- You can get up to six points on your license even for a first offense.
If convicted, you will have a criminal record that will come up each time you apply for a job or a loan, or try to rent or buy a house. Repeat DUIs in Ohio are classified as felonies, with all the serious implications of the charges.
How a DUI attorney can help you
Clearly, if you are facing DUI charges in Ohio, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting. An experienced attorney can help you prepare the best defense, review videos and evidence against you, and interview witnesses. The evidence has to show that the officer who pulled you over had probable cause. Swerving, running a red light or even witness statements do not count as evidence of drunk driving.
A criminal attorney who is familiar with DUIs and felonies can even challenge breathalyzer results, which must be properly administered. If breathalyzer tests, or blood and urine tests are not properly administered, they can be challenged in court by an attorney who understands criminal law and felonies.
An experienced attorney will know how to protect your rights and make the best possible arguments in your defense. In cases where the amount of alcohol was on the borderline, the defendant has no previous criminal record and there was no accident, a plea bargain may be made. Sometimes the prosecution will accept a plea bargain of “wet reckless,” which refers to a conviction for reckless driving involving alcohol.
Many drunk driving charges can be classified as felonies, and carry correspondingly serious penalties. The consequences of a drunk driving charge can last for a very long time. An experienced criminal justice attorney can help you prepare the best defense and minimize the adverse consequences.