Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances (“OVI”), also commonly referred to as “driving under the influence” (DUI), can carry significant consequences for even first-time offenders. Potential jail time and fines are just the beginning: a person convicted of OVI face other potential consequences such as license suspension, probation, ignition interlock device installation, and restricted license plates.
If you are charged with OVI you may be able to avoid or mitigate these and other negative consequences with the assistance of an experienced and aggressive OVI defense lawyer from Walker Novack Legal Group, LLC. 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 answer questions, refuse standardized field sobriety tests and refuse breath tests. However, doing so is not without its consequences - you may still be arrested, have your license administratively suspended before conviction, and face trial. However, the arresting officer must obey the Constitution and laws in conducting the investigation and processing the arrest and the failure to do so could result in the violation of your rights. You need an experienced attorney to review the case to determine if that has occurred.
- 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 and the concentration of drugs and/or alcohol in your system. If there is insufficient evidence to support these necessary factual findings, an experienced attorney may be able to help reduce or dismiss the charges.
- 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. 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.
An OVI charge 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 case and, in many cases, can do so with a flat fee arrangement that guarantees thorough and experienced representation through each stage.
If you have been 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