We often receive phone calls from individuals seeking guidance after a recent DUI arrest in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Many of these individuals have been told one of two things that is completely misleading – regardless of the source. The first is that DUI charges are impossible to beat, the second is that they were able to get the judge to reduce the charge to a reckless operation.
The first myth is easy enough to work around. If you have a DUI attorney that knows what they are doing and has actual experience defending against DUI charges you can quickly see how these charges can be beat. For example, in a recent case we took a look at all the breath tests performed by a specific machine in a local suburb outside of Cleveland. Our analysis of all 100+ tests revealed that the month prior to our client’s test the machine committed two errors in a row that would have required it to be taken off line, repaired, re-certified, and then placed back into service. Because the police officers did not take these steps we were able to have the breath test thrown out and our client avoided a conviction for her OVI charge.
The second myth is more difficult to work with. Everyone has a friend that claims they went in and told their case to the judge and then the judge dismissed or reduced their charges. To be clear… if you are charged with a DUI and you plea no-contest or guilty you will be convicted of the crime. What is worse is after you are convicted you face substantial penalties such as jail (up to six months on a first offense), the loss of your license (up to 3 years on a first offense), a large fine (up to $1075.00 on a first offense plus court costs), and the possibility that you would be required to obtain special plates. It is important that before you enter a plea of guilty or no-contest you talk to counsel that knows how to defend these cases.
As a Cleveland, Ohio DUI Attorney it would be my privilege to talk to you about your case. The conversation is free and no-pressure – it is the policy of our Firm to provide as much free education on this topic as possible. If you are ready to defend yourself from your DUI charges in Cleveland, give me- Joe Patituce- a call at (440) 709-8088.