If you’ve been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI) in Ohio, you can’t afford to take the charge lightly. Even first-time DUI/OVI offenders may face license suspension, fines and possibly even jail time if they plead or are found guilty. Once you have a DUI/OVI conviction on your record, Ohio will recognize you as a repeat offender if you are ever charged again. Repeat DUI/OVI offenders in Ohio face incarceration, vehicle forfeiture, or other strict penalties. Whether you’re facing a first-time or repeat DUI/OVI charge, you need to have an Ohio defense lawyer on your side who understands the law and will fight aggressively to make sure your rights are protected.
At Wright Schulte LLC, our attorneys have successfully represented scores of defendants in Ohio DUI/OVI cases. Our Ohio DUI/OVI lawyers believe that anyone charged with such a violation is entitled to and deserves a vigorous defense. They always strive to provide our Ohio DUI/OVI clients with aggressive and ethical representation. To learn more about all of the ways our firm can help, we urge you to contact Wright Schulte LLC for a free, no obligation DUI/OVI evaluation today.
Ohio OVI/DUI Law
In 2004, the Ohio DUI law was replaced with the OVI law. Under Ohio’s OVI law, drivers face criminal penalties for driving, or being in actual physical possession of a vehicle, and being impaired with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher after drinking alcohol, taking controlled substances, or using other chemical substances. Drivers who are found to have a high blood alcohol level of more than or equal to .17%, .17 of breath alcohol level, or .238 of urine alcohol level face more serious penalties under Ohio law.
In Ohio, penalties for DUI/OVI convictions can include:
- Fines as high as $20,000,
- Jail or prison sentences ranging from 3 days to 15 years,
- Placement of an interlock device on the offender’s vehicle,
- Drivers’ intervention program,
- Yellow OVI Plates,
- Alcohol monitoring system,
- Alcohol and drug treatment programs,
- Vehicle Immobilization or Forfeiture,
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation, and/or
- Court costs and fees
If you’ve been charged with a DUI/OVI offense in Ohio, you’re probably anxious to have your life return to normal. You may be tempted to accept a guilty plea just to bring the case to an end as quickly as possibly. But in our experience, this is almost always a mistake, and could have serious consequences for the rest of your life. By putting on an aggressive defense, an attorneys can expose police officer error, inaccurate testing equipment, or any other issue that raises doubts about the case against you. The Ohio DUI/OVI lawyers at Wright Schulte LLC know the law and will try to mitigate the impact these charges could have on your life. We’ll obtain all of the arrest-related documents in your case, as well as any existing audio or video recordings, and results of any field sobriety blood, breath, or urine tests you were subjected to. This careful and thorough investigation will allow our Ohio DUI/OVI lawyers to mount the most effective defense possible on your behalf.
Ohio DUI/ OVI Evaluations
If you or a loved one have been accused of a DUI/OVI offense in Ohio, it is vital you retain skilled and aggressive legal counsel at once. If you’re looking for an Ohio DUI/OVI law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright Schulte LLC today. For a DUI/OVI evaluation, simply fill out the online form on the right, or give Wright Schulte LLC a call, toll-free, at 1-800- 365-2602.