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DUI Attorneys Columbus Ohio

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When it comes to defending DUI cases in Ohio, including  Franklin County, look no further than Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. Our legal team has earned a stellar reputation for providing exceptional representation in a wide range of criminal defense matters, specializing in misdemeanor and felony DUI/OVI charges. Timely review of the facts surrounding your case is crucial.

To schedule a case evaluation with a knowledgeable DUI lawyer in Columbus, OH, reach out to us online or call (216) 928-7700.

OVI Penalties in Columbus, OH

The penalties for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Ohio vary depending on the specific circumstances of the offense and any prior convictions.

First Offense

  • License Suspension: 6 months to 3 years.
  • Jail Time: 3 days to 6 months, which can be increased based on the BAC level.
  • Fine: Ranging from $375 to $1,075.
  • Driver Intervention Program: Completion of a driver intervention program is usually required, which includes educational classes and counseling.

Second Offense

  • License Suspension: 1 to 5 years
  • Jail Time: Minimum is 10 days, which can be increased based on the BAC level.
  • Fine: Ranging from $525 to $1,625.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: The court may require the installation of an IID.

Third Offense

  • License Suspension: Ranging from 2 to 10 years.
  • Jail Time: Minimum is 30 days, but can be increased depending on the circumstances.
  • Fine: Ranging from $850 to $2,750.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: The court may require the installation of an IID.

Felony DUI

If a DUI offense involves certain aggravating factors, such as multiple OVI offenses, causing serious bodily harm, or vehicular manslaughter it can be charged as a felony. Felony DUI convictions carry more severe penalties, including longer prison sentences, higher fines, and longer license suspensions.

DUI Court Process in OH

The DUI court process in Ohio typically involves several stages, from arrest to potential trial. While the specific details may vary depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances of the case, the following is an outline of a typical court process:

  1. Arrest: When a law enforcement officer suspects a driver of DUI, they may conduct a traffic stop based on observed behavior, erratic driving, or other indications of impairment. If the officer determines that there is probable cause to believe the driver is under the influence, they can make an arrest.
  2. Booking and Release: After the arrest, the driver will be taken to the police station or local jail for booking procedures, which include fingerprinting, taking photographs, and recording personal information. Depending on the circumstances, the driver may be released on bail or held until a court appearance.
  3. Arraignment: The arraignment is the first court appearance where the defendant is formally notified of the charges against them and enters a plea. At this stage, it is essential to have legal representation. If the defendant cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint a public defender.
  4. Pretrial Hearings: Prior to a potential trial, there may be one or more pretrial hearings where the defense and prosecution discuss the case. During these hearings, negotiations may take place, which could lead to a plea agreement or the dismissal of certain charges.
  5. Motions and Discovery: The defense may file motions requesting certain evidence or challenging specific aspects of the case. The prosecution will provide discovery, which includes the evidence they have gathered against the defendant. Both sides will review the evidence and prepare their arguments.
  6. Trial: If the case does not reach a resolution through plea bargaining, a trial may be scheduled. DUI trials in Ohio can be either bench trials, where the judge determines guilt or innocence, or jury trials, where a jury makes that decision. The prosecution presents evidence and witnesses, followed by the defense. Both sides make arguments, and a verdict is reached.
  7. Sentencing: If the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty, the court proceeds to the sentencing phase. The judge considers various factors, such as prior convictions, the severity of the offense, and any mitigating circumstances. Sentencing can include fines, probation, mandatory DUI education programs, community service, license suspension, or even jail time.
  8. Appeals: If the defendant believes there were errors during the trial or sentencing process, they may have the option to appeal the decision to a higher court.

Building Effective DUI Defense Strategies

If your constitutional rights were violated during the police stop, it might be possible to have your DUI charges dismissed. Evidence such as breath or blood tests can be subject to challenge. Before making a decision about your plea, it is crucial to carefully evaluate every aspect of your case. Once you plead guilty, there is no turning back. Rely on the expertise of an Columbus OVI lawyer from Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C.

Dial (216) 928-7700 to speak with a skilled DUI attorney in Columbus, OH today.

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