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Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) and other criminal acts in Ohio can carry significant consequences for even first-time offenders. Jail and fines are just the beginning: a person arrested for OVI may have his or her license suspended, be placed on court-supervised probation, complete community service, install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle(s), and have his or her driving privileges suspended, revoked, or restricted. Ohio residents charged with OVI may be able to avoid these and other negative consequences of a conviction with the assistance of the experienced and aggressive Ohio criminal defense lawyers at Walker Novack Legal Group, LLC. If you are facing OVI charges, contact us today at (614) 423-8276 to schedule your completely confidential case consultation with one of our seasoned OVI defense lawyers.

Ways in Which an Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

The sooner you hire a criminal defense attorney, the more avenues your attorney may have available to him or her to attack the prosecution’s case against you. This can ultimately result in a more favorable plea agreement or the dismissal of your OVI charge. Some of the ways in which an attorney may be able to help you include:

  • Violation of rights when stopped: When you are pulled over and investigated for OVI, you have rights. You may refuse to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, the preliminary breath tests, and even the Intoxilyzer breath test – but doing so is not without its consequences - you could lose your license or even face jail time. However, being asked to submit to these tests when the officer does not have probable cause to do so can result in these test results being suppressed and kept out of a trial.
  • Mitigation of penalties: Ohio statutes set forth a complicated web of possible penalties for an OVI offense depending on the number of previous OVI offenses you have had and the concentration of drugs and/or alcohol in your system at the time you are driving. If there is insufficient evidence to support these necessary factual findings, you may be subject to a lower penalty.
  • Alternatives to prosecution: Some counties in Ohio operate an intervention program for certain first-time OVI offenders. Not all counties offer such a program, and the requirements to participate in such a program are stringent. Nonetheless, gaining acceptance into such a program and successfully completing it can result in the dismissal of your OVI charge.
  • Administrative hearings and suspensions: In addition to criminal penalties, you may have your license suspended or restricted administratively – even if you are not convicted of a criminal offense. The procedures for defending yourself at an administrative hearing are different in some significant ways than the procedures utilized in criminal proceedings. Therefore, having a criminal defense attorney available who understands these procedures can be especially helpful.

Columbus Criminal Defense/OVI Attorneys

When faced with a criminal charge, no matter what the level, it is a serious and life-altering situation. Walker Novack Legal Group well understands the law and procedure that law enforcement and prosecutors must obey in their mission to obtain a conviction, and our law firm will use its every available resource to zealously protect your Constitutional rights while guiding you through the court process. From arrest to appeal, the attorneys of Walker Novack Legal Group will aggressively defend your criminal case and, in many cases, can do so with a flat fee arrangement that guarantees thorough and experienced representation through each stage of your case.

Our OVI and criminal defense attorneys provide the following legal services to the central Ohio communities of Columbus, Westerville, New Albany, Pickerington, Gahanna, Worthington, Lewis Center, Dublin, and Johnstown.

Non-Traffic Cases – Felony and Misdemeanor

  • Assault/Battery, including domestic violence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Drug Possession
  • Theft/Shoplifting


  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
  • Drunk Driving/DUI/OVI/OMVI
  • Speeding/Reckless Operation

Military Representation

  • Administrative Separation
  • Article 15 (Nonjudicial Punishment)
  • Courts Martial

White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Theft in Office

When to Speak with an Ohio OVI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested and/or charged with OVI in Ohio, do not delay in reaching out to Walker Novack Legal Group, LLC. Our experienced OVI defense attorneys will get to work quickly, analyzing the facts of your arrest and investigation and preparing a defense designed to minimize the adverse consequences of your charge(s). Call our office to schedule your completely confidential case consultation. Walker Novack Legal Group, LLC’s office can be reached at (614) 423-8276.

Walker Novack Legal Group, LLC
5013 Pine Creek Drive
Westerville, Ohio 43081
P: (614) 423-8276
F: (614) 767-0695