DUI / OVI Charges in Ohio
DUI Defense Lawyer in Cleveland
In Ohio, driving under the influence (DUI) - also known as operating a
vehicle under the influence (OVI) - is a serious traffic offense that
could result in heavy penalties including fines, jail or prison time,
license suspension or revocation and vehicle impoundment or forfeiture,
based upon the level of the charges. In cases involving an accident and
bodily injury or fatalities, the penalties are increased radically. In
such a case, the charge filed is most often vehicular assault or vehicular
homicide, both serious felony offenses with extensive penalties, including
time in state prison.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is most frequently charged
as a misdemeanor offense. Many people are experiencing a first encounter
with the criminal justice system when charged with DUI/OVI. A conviction
carries extensive penalties, including a jail sentence of 3 consecutive
days (72 consecutive hours) and possibly an additional jail term of up
to 6 months. In addition to time spent in jail, an OVI conviction carries
significant fines as part of the penalties that could be imposed, as well
as license suspension that spans years.
In the state of Ohio, you can only be arrested for OVI if it is alleged
that you were operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of
0.08% or higher. Law enforcement can only pull you over only if there
is reasonable suspicion that you are driving your vehicle while intoxicated
by drugs or alcohol. You must be demonstrating driving behavior that would
indicate intoxication, or you may have initially been pulled over for
another traffic violation or minor infraction. A police stop without probable
cause is illegal.
If you believe that a police officer pulled you over without probable cause,
it may be possible to get your case dismissed. If you are seeking defense
counsel to assist you in matters related to sentencing, or if you believe
you were wrongfully arrested and charged with OVI, our Cleveland OVI lawyer
from our firm is here to help you take action.
Contact Our Professional DUI Defense Team Now
Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law is an excellent choice for
OVI defense in Cleveland, the surrounding counties and throughout Ohio.
Our firm quickly became known for its excellence and effective representation
in all types of
criminal defense cases, and serves as defense counsel in both misdemeanor and felony OVI
charges. It is imperative that we review the facts in your case as early
It may be possible to have the OVI charges dismissed if your constitutional
rights were violated in the police stop. Evidence such as breath or blood
tests could be open to challenge. Every case should be carefully evaluated
before you make a decision about your plea. Once you plead guilty, there
is no turning back.
Contact us right away to speak with an attorney or fill in our online
free case evaluation form for a fast response.