DUI & OVI Lawyer in Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati DUI Attorney Providing Aggressive Defense to Drunk Driving Charges
Arrested for drunk driving? If so, it is important that you seek representation for your case. At Bleile & Dawson, our team of Cincinnati OVI attorneys have over 50 years of collective experience representing the wrongfully accused. You do not have to face these criminal charges on your own. Do not give up your freedom and constitutional rights. We make ourselves available 24/7 for your convenience.
Facing charges for DUI? Don't hesitate to contact our Cincinnati OVI attorney to get started on your defense today.
What Constitutes Drunk Driving in Ohio?
Ohio Revised Code §4511.19, Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs - OVI, defines this offense as operating a vehicle if, at the time of the operation, the person:
- Is under the influence of alcohol, a drug abuse, or a combination thereof
- Has a concentration of 0.08% or more BAC during a breath or blood test
- Has a concentration of 0.011% of 1 gram of alcohol per 100ml of urine
A person can also be charged with OVI / DUI if he or she has a high enough concentration of one or more of the following controlled substances in their blood or urine:
Penalties for an OVI Conviction in Ohio
Only OVI convictions that occurred in the past ten years count as a prior offense, if you are convicted of OVI in Ohio, you could face the following penalties:
- First Offense: $375 to $1,075 in fines, three days to six months in jail and a one to three-year license suspension
- Second Offense: $525 to $1,625 in fines, ten days to six months in jail, and a one to seven-year license suspension
- Third Offense: $850 to $2,750 in fines, 50 days to one year in jail, and a two to 12-year license suspension
How an OVI Case Can Impact Your Life
An OVI case in Ohio can have profound and lasting impacts on various aspects of your life. Here are some key points to consider:
- Legal Consequences: An OVI conviction can result in fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and even jail time, depending on the severity of the offense and any prior convictions.
- Financial Ramifications: Fines, legal fees, and potential increases in insurance premiums can lead to a significant financial burden.
- Employment Concerns: An OVI conviction may affect your current job or future employment opportunities, especially if your work involves driving or if your employer has policies against employees with criminal records.
- Professional Licenses: Certain professions require maintaining a clean legal record. An OVI conviction could jeopardize licenses and certifications, impacting your career.
- Personal Reputation: An OVI can tarnish your personal reputation, affecting relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
- Driving Privileges: License suspension or restrictions can hinder your ability to commute, impacting daily life and responsibilities.
- Ignition Interlock Devices: In some cases, the court may mandate the installation of an ignition interlock device, which can be inconvenient and stigmatizing.
Navigating these challenges requires legal expertise. Consulting with a knowledgeable Cincinnati OVI attorney can help you understand your options, build a defense, and work toward mitigating the potential consequences of an OVI case in Ohio.
How We Can Fight Your DUI Charges
There are many ways in which an OVI / DUI case whether it is a felony or otherwise can be successfully fought. Our Cincinnati OVI lawyers love America's justice system, but also realize that there are still flaws and that mistakes can be made.
Grounds for fighting your DUI can include:
- Unlawful DUI stop
- Police misconduct
- Faulty breath / blood test
Police officers must have reason to believe that you are intoxicated before they can lawfully pull you over and investigate, such as drifting across lane lines, driving at night without headlights, erratic driving speeds, or a call from a tipster.
Police misconduct can occur during field sobriety tests, as well as during a DUI checkpoint if it is improperly conducted. Breath tests can even be fought, especially if the officer failed to calibrate the machine or to properly instruct you on how to blow into the machine. Blood and urine tests can also be fought if your sample was mishandled in the lab.