At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we dedicate approximately half of our overall caseload to defending clients against DUI charges. This focus has allowed us to develop effective strategies to defend clients who are facing these charges, often resulting in the dismissal of charges, not-guilty verdicts, and favorable plea bargains. We know what it takes to win these types of cases. Contact us today to get started on mounting your strong defense.
How Our Experienced Dayton DUI Lawyers Can Defend Your Rights
As former prosecutors, we know the vulnerabilities that may exist in DUI/OVI cases and can leverage our considerable experience and knowledge in this realm to vigorously defend our client’s rights. When you hire us to represent you, we can:
- Investigate the underlying traffic stop to determine if it was not completed in a constitutional manner
- Challenge the evidence against you by showing law enforcement did not follow rules or conduct testing properly
- Conduct an independent evaluation of your test results and samples
- Review maintenance records for any breathalyzer machine that was used to support your arrest for underlying problems with the testing machine
- Gather medical records that show a plausible reason why you tested above the legal limit
- Move for the charges against you to be dismissed, when appropriate
- Defend you in court
What Is OVI in Ohio?
Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) is considered a first-degree misdemeanor for a first offense in Ohio. This crime can be charged if you operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit or certain concentrations of drugs in your system.
Two Cases Are Involved
It is important to understand that if you are arrested for OVI in Ohio, two cases diverge. The first case concerns your driving privileges. Your driving rights can be immediately suspended unless you take prompt action to challenge this through an administrative hearing. The other is a criminal case, which can result in jail time and other penalties upon conviction.
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we understand the serious consequences of both of these types of cases and handle them both.
What Penalties Can I Face If I’m Convicted of OVI?
An OVI conviction in Ohio can result in the loss of your driving privileges and your freedom. Possible penalties include:
- Incarceration – A first offense can result in a mandatory minimum jail time of three days up to six months while subsequence convictions can result in incarceration of ten days to five years.
- Fines – You may be required to pay expensive fines of anywhere from $350 for a first-time offense, and up to $10,000 for subsequent offenses.
- Drug and alcohol abuse program – You might be required to attend and pay for a drug and alcohol abuse program.
- Ignition interlock device – You may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, which you would have to pay for, along with ongoing costs for monitoring.
- Loss of driving privileges – You can lose your right to drive and have your license suspended. You would have to pay reinstatement fees before you can legally drive again.
Contact Our Dayton DUI Defense Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you are facing OVI charges, it is critical that you respond quickly to avoid the automatic loss of your driving privileges. The Dayton DUI defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates, LLC, are here to help. Call us at (440) 427-3860 to arrange your free case consultation.