As I have written about on several occasions I often find myself in court rooms, in fact I am in court almost every day. Even though I have attorneys that work for me I still prefer to handle my clients’ cases personally.
Every day I see people showing up at court on very serious charges – such as a DUI/OVI – without representation. If you have been charged with any crime, let alone one that can change your life, you need to hire an experienced attorney to defend you.
On your very first DUI you can face up to a minimum of six days in jail, the restricted plates (also known as the party plates), high fines, and the loss of your license for up to three full years.
Many people hear stories about people that have gone in and “thrown themselves on the mercy of the court” and had the judge throw out the charges or reduce them. Unfortunately, some people believe this to be the case and end up getting themselves in even more trouble.
Just today I sat in court and I watched a registered nurse plea no contest, she had refused the breath test so she faced a minimum of six days in jail. After her plea the judge asked her if she had anything to say on her own behalf. She talked about her job, her children, and her family. The judge completely sympathized with her but then sentenced her to six consecutive days in jail, a one year license suspension, the party plates, and the interlock device that goes into your car. He gave her the absolute minimums that the law allowed him to do.
Do not make the same mistake that this woman made, and many other people make each and every day. Hire the best that you can afford.
If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you call me at (440) 471-7811. Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, I am a Cleveland OVI Lawyer who represents people all across the state in serious criminal cases. If I agree to take your matter on I promise that my team and I will treat it with the seriousness and respect that you deserve.