The thought of being convicted of DUI/OVI can be terrifying. All of a sudden, your whole life hangs in the balance. You could be sentenced to a term behind bars. You can lose your freedom and your driving privileges. You might even lose your job.
You don’t need to face drunk driving charges alone. The Lorain DUI defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates can provide aggressive legal representation against these charges. We have more than three decades of combined legal experience and former prosecutors on our team. We know what it takes to win these cases, and we are prepared to fight. Call us today to learn more.
How We Help Clients Facing OVI Charges
When you hire a Lorain DUI defense lawyer at Patituce & Associates, you can expect aggressive legal representation. We can:
- Explain your legal rights and options
- Investigate the arrest to determine if there were grounds for the traffic stop or commencement of testing
- Examine the testing machine to determine if it had any calibration problems or other issues that would cause inaccurate results
- File motions to dismiss charges or suppress evidence, as appropriate
- Question law enforcement and other witnesses
- Develop an effective strategy based on the particular circumstances surrounding your case
- Negotiate with prosecutors for a fair resolution of your case
- Fight your case in trial if this is determined to be the best option for your case
We are your advocates and will be in your corner every step of the way. Call us today to take advantage of your free case review.
Penalties for OVI in Ohio
At Patituce & Associates, our goal is to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction for OVI, which can include:
- First OVI – 3 to 180 days in jail, $250 to $1,075 in fines, and license suspension of six months to three years.
- Second OVI – Between 10 days and 180 days in jail, $350 to $1,625 in fines, license suspension from one year to five years, impoundment of plates, and immobilization of vehicle for 90 days.
- Third OVI – Between 30 days and 365 days in jail, $550 to $2,500 in fines, license suspension from one year to ten years, impoundment of plates, and immobilization of vehicle.
- Fourth OVI – Between 60 days and 30 months in jail, $800 to $10,000 in fines, license suspension from three years to life, and impoundment of plates, and immobilization of vehicle.
While most OVI offenses are considered misdemeanors in Ohio, you can face felony charges when you are facing multiple offenses within ten years. This could result in increased penalties.
Additionally, you could be required to attend and pay for an alcohol or drug abuse program and/or installation and monitoring from an ignition interlock device.
Contact Our DUI Lawyers When You Can’t Afford an OVI and Need to Drive
If you are facing charges for DUI/OVI, our Lorain DUI defense lawyers understand the serious consequences you are facing. We will work tirelessly to defend your rights and strive to obtain the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free, confidential case review with a Lorain DUI defense lawyer with Patituce & Associates.