Helping You Fight Drunk Driving Charges
In Ohio and across the nation, it’s against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, we strongly advise you to retain the immediate representation of The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC. Just because you were arrested does not mean that you must face the consequences. You can fight your criminal charges with the help of our experienced DUI attorney. We can carefully review and challenge any evidence against you, potentially making a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Understanding Ohio State OVI Laws
Under Ohio law, drunk driving is known as an OVI, operating a vehicle under influence. You can be charged with an OVI for driving while under the influence of alcohol or any drug that may impair your driving ability or reaction time. This can include such substances as illegal drugs, prescription medicines and even over-the-counter medications which can cause drowsiness and other problems.
Essentially you can be arrested for an OVI if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or above or if proof can be given that reveals you were under the influence of some kind of drug substance at the time a law officer pulls you over. This law applies to those drivers that are 21 years of age or older, while those under the legal drinking age that are stopped by law officers must have a BAC of .02 percent or lower. Commercial drivers who drive a vehicle for a living must have their blood alcohol content level at .04 percent or below; otherwise, they risk losing their job and their license.
Associated Penalties For A DUI
Facing the prospect of conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence can be terrifying and confusing. Many individuals may not even realize the severe nature of driving drunk and the associated consequences that come with it. Penalties may vary on the number of previous DUI charges, the occurrence of any accidents resulting in injury or death, and whether or not the driver cooperated with Ohio’s complied consent law. The implied consent law dictates that an individual must agree to blood or breath testing if suspected of drunk driving or face suspension of the right to drive.
While these are the state mandated laws and penalties, there can be room for negotiation with a careful defense. Having the assistance of an attorney who truly cares about your case can make or break the end result. Of course, the consequences are merely the legal penalties, and there are numerous other difficulties that can arise if convicted. Individuals may lose their jobs if they are required to drive to work but no longer have their license.
Getting The Representation You Deserve
Drunk driving cases are often very technical, involving scientific data concerning blood alcohol tests, equipment and results. These cases can be very complex, which means you will need the legal assistance of a capable attorney. By consulting with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at our firm immediately after an arrest, you can significantly increase your chances of a positive case outcome. Our lawyers are prepared to handle your charges no matter how insignificant or complicated they appear.