A drunk driving arrest is never something we plan for or expect. And today’s culture expects law enforcement to arrest individuals who have even the slightest suggestion of being “under the influence.” A drunk driving conviction can have devastating impact on your life, including jail time, loss of your driver’s license, drunk driving license plates, and even loss of a job. Let our office help you defend yourself from improper charges, and minimize the adverse consequences if you’ve made a mistake. Call today to learn how we can help.
COMMONLY ASKED DUI QUESTIONS
Do I really need a lawyer?
In most cases, defendants have the right to act as their own counsel in court. Lawyers look forward to having a case against a litigant who has no attorney. Although it does happen that a pro se litigant can win, it is a fact that the odds are stacked against anyone who goes to court without a licensed attorney at his or her side.
A professional attorney can not only help you navigate the legal system and avoid pitfalls, he can give you access to the network of relationships that have taken an entire career to establish. The presence of an attorney also lets the other side know that you take the case seriously, and that you’re not afraid to go to trial to assert your rights.
To Blow or Not to Blow.
Unfortunately, there is no precise answer to that question. There are consequences for each decision. If you submit to a breathalyzer and fail the test, you will be immediately arrested for OVI, and the State will have a valuable piece of evidence against you. If you decline the test, your driver’s license will be immediately suspended, and you can still be arrested for OVI based on other evidence, such as failing field sobriety tests or having a strong odor of alcohol on your breath.
Generally speaking, if you are absolutely certain that you will pass a breathalyzer test, then take the test. If you are uncertain, the decision is up to you. But remember that your test results are evidence, and from a criminal defense perspective, it is usually better for the defendant to minimize the State’s evidence against him.
How can an OVI affect my employment?
Employers in Ohio can generally fire employees for any reason that does not violate certain anti-discriminatory laws (employees who are subject to an employment contract or union representation may have different rules). If an at-will employer discovers that an employee has been convicted of drunk driving, it could be cause for termination or disciplinary action at work. Additionally, drunk driving convictions have very extreme consequences for any individual who holds a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”), or for whom operating motor vehicles is a condition of employment.
What are the potential penalties?
Drunk Driving convictions have a range of penalties that can be imposed from jail time, drivers license suspension or revocation to yellow drunk driving license plates.
Is there any chance to plead my drunk driving charge to a less serious offense?
No good attorney makes promises, and our office is no exception. Prosecutors do have discretion to plead drunk driving charges to less serious offenses. Whether or not a plea agreement will be offered depends entirely on the unique facts of each case, including the amount of alcohol the defendant consumed, whether the defendant had prior convictions, and the likelihood that the defendant will re-offend, to name a few. We believe that having a reputable and experienced defense attorney will help you
How does a drunk driving charge affect my driver’s license?
Depending on the facts of the case a person charged with drunk driving will lose their driver’s license immediately, and will have no driving privileges for 15 to 30 days. Later, driving privileges may be granted to permit a defendant to attend work, school, medical appointments, court dates, and other important events.
How does a DUI affect my job as a pilot/bus driver (or other licensee)?
Many professions that require particular licensing such as pilots and bus drivers have special requirements, disclosures and licensing deadlines throughout the duration of a DUI charge and trial. It is extremely important that a client with such a license immediately contact competent legal counsel to ensure their jobs and careers are not unknowingly jeopardized.