As DUI lawyers, we pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with the most accurate, up to date information possible regarding the possible consequences they face as a result of a DUI conviction. In Ohio, there are essentially two legal limits that pertain to breathalyzer results: 0.08 and 0.17. A test result between 0.08 and 0.17 has significantly less consequences than a result over 0.17, however, the penalties can still be severe and the non-criminal consequences can last a lifetime. DUI penalties also go up based on the number of DUIs or prior refusals you have been convicted of. As always it is important to contact a DUI attorney in a city near you in order to protect yourself from the consequences associated with a DUI/OVI arrest.
We are available 24/7 in order to help defend you from these charges. We can be reached at (440) 709-8088.
These are the basic penalties you face if you are convicted of your first through third DUI/OVI in Ohio. If you have been charged with a fourth/fifth DUI in six years, or six DUIs in twenty years you are going to be facing a felony and need to immediately speak with our Cleveland DUI lawyers to prepare you from a felony charge.
Many people are surprised to discover that there is a mandatory jail sentence attached to a first OVI conviction. It can be frightening to find out may be headed to jail for making a decision that is generally out of character.
So if I am convicted of my first OVI is jail automatic? Possibly...but an experienced attorney can help you avoid jail after OVI charges.
A first conviction has a mandatory sentence of at least 3 days in jail, up to 180 days. How long you may spend in jail if convicted is up to the presiding judge, who will take into account many factors, including the facts of the case and prior record. If you are convicted and it is your first offense, will you automatically be jailed? Although much depends on your case, the judge does have the option to let you complete a driver intervention program (DIP) instead of serving the minimum 3 day jail sentence. A DIP is typically completed at a hotel over a weekend. You will attend classes that will educate you as to the hazards of drinking, especially while driving.
By now you have learned that all DUI / OVI cases in Ohio have mandatory jail time so if you head into court alone and plead no contest, you must be confined for a minimum of six days, depending on your case.
So, can a lawyer help reduce OVI penalties in Ohio? Absolutely.
As former prosecutor, we can tell you that when defense attorneys argued their clients' cases to us, we were more likely to recommend a reduction. As defense attorneys, we have helped many people have OVI penalties reduced, suppressed, or dismissed. We focus on beating the OVI charge-but if that is not possible, we switch into damage control mode. This means we use a lack of a prior record, responsibilities to a family, good standing, and reputation to defend you. We do this in conjunction with using weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. Even if it appears to be a "slam dunk," there is almost always a real issue that we can use to help you.
It is important to speak with a Cleveland DUI attorney about the facts of your case to find out how they can help you. Our attorneys are former prosecutors; we have been on both sides of the spectrum, we know which cops are honest and which are not. We know how to exploit their mistakes to your benefit. For instance, in certain instances we are able to completely kick out the field sobriety tests when the police make mistakes. We have a record of doing this, in other cases we have had courts throw out entire breath testing results.
This means that, often, our clients benefit from our experience as former prosecutors and our experience as defense attorneys. Call (440) 709-8088 for a free consultation. The call is without obligation. We do not take every case that comes our way but we promise to treat you with the dignity and respect that you deserve.