Protecting Your Future and Freedom After a DUI Arrest
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Ohio, and if you are arrested for this crime, you can face significant legal and financial implications. If you have been arrested for DUI, it’s important to seek the help of an attorney who can help protect your rights and fight for your best interests.
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and effective legal representation to clients facing DUI charges in Ohio. With our years of experience, successful case results, and deep knowledge of Ohio DUI laws, we can help you navigate the legal system and fight for the best possible outcome for your case. Contact the Ohio DUI lawyers at Patituce & Associates today for a review case review.
What You Need to Know About DUI and OVI Cases in Ohio
In Ohio, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Ohio is 0.08% for drivers over 21, 0.04% for commercial drivers, and 0.02% for drivers under 21. If your blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit, you could be charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI).
Nobody plans on getting arrested for DUI, and if you find yourself in this situation, you may wonder what to do next. That is where an Ohio DUI lawyer from Patituce & Associates, LLC comes in. A criminal defense attorney can represent your case and help you understand what to expect during the legal process, working tirelessly to help reduce the severity of the charges or have them dropped completely.
Your optimal legal pathway will depend on the severity of the case and the strength of the prosecutor’s evidence. As soon as possible following a DUI arrest, do not say anything to the police. Instead, contact a defense lawyer at Patituce & Associates, LLC to discuss your next steps.
Penalties for a DUI/OVI Conviction in Ohio
If you are arrested for DUI in Ohio, you will face both criminal charges and administrative consequences. These penalties can vary depending on the circumstances of your case, your blood alcohol level, and your prior criminal history.
A first-time DUI/OVI conviction in Ohio can result in fines and jail time. Subsequent convictions can result in increased penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines:
- First-Time OVI: At least three days in jail or a three-day alcohol abuse program, plus a fine of up to $1,075
- Second OVI: At least 10 days up to six months in jail or a combination of jail, house arrest, or continuous alcohol monitoring, plus fines of up to $1,625
- Third OVI: At least 30 days up to one year in jail, plus $2,500 in fines and mandatory enrollment in a drug and alcohol treatment program
- Fourth OVI: At least 60 days to one year in jail and up to $10,500 in fines
- Fifth OVI or More within Six Years: At least two months in jail plus mandatory placement on Ohio’s Habitual OVI Registry
In addition to criminal penalties, a DUI conviction in Ohio can have significant non-criminal consequences, such as increased insurance rates, difficulty obtaining employment, and damage to your personal and professional reputation. You could also face a license suspension or, in serious cases, the permanent loss of your license.
How to Challenge DUI Criminal Charges
A DUI conviction can have a damaging impact on your life, affecting your finances, well-being, and, in some cases, your freedom. However, the right defense could help get the charges reduced or dismissed. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we understand that every DUI case is unique, and we will work tirelessly to develop a defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of your case.
There are several avenues we can explore to challenge a DUI charge in Ohio. We may begin by questioning the reason for the traffic stop itself. In many cases, we analyze dash camera footage to determine if the arresting officer had a valid reason to stop the defendant; if there was no reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the stop, then everything that follows may be challenged as well.
We may also challenge the reason the arresting officer removed the defendant from the vehicle to perform standard field sobriety testing. If there was no reasonable suspicion to remove the defendant from the vehicle, we can use this to discredit the arrest itself.
Another potential avenue for defense is to challenge the field sobriety test results. Ohio recognizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines for administering field sobriety tests, and we may find that the tests were not administered correctly, leading to inaccurate results.
We may also challenge chemical test results, whether it be a blood, breath, or urine sample. Strict procedures must be followed for handling and testing these samples, and any mishandling or errors in testing can result in voided test results. Our attorneys will investigate thoroughly to determine if any mistakes occurred during the process.
How an Ohio DUI Attorney Can Help Your Case
Being arrested for DUI in Ohio can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming experience. You may feel scared, confused, and uncertain about your future. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe, including hefty fines, license suspension, and even jail time. If you’ve never had any experience with the legal system before, the court process can feel intimidating and overwhelming.
However, it’s important to know that you don’t have to face these challenges alone. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our experienced DUI attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance and support you need during this difficult time.
An Ohio DUI lawyer can provide several important benefits and services, including the following:
- A thorough evaluation of your case
- Examination of the evidence against you
- Development of a strong defense strategy
- Deep understanding of Ohio DUI laws
- Emotional support during a challenging time
- Objective legal guidance during each stage of your case
- Reassurance and guidance to support informed decisions
- Answering any questions that you may have about the process
- Savings of time and money
- Representation in court hearings
Schedule a Free Consultation with Patituce & Associates, LLC Today
If you are facing DUI charges in Ohio, don’t wait to seek legal representation. Contact Patituce & Associates, LLC today to discuss your case with an Ohio DUI defense lawyer and learn more about your legal rights. Call us at 440-427-3860 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation.