Have you or a loved one been arrested for a DUI or OVI charge in Springfield, Ohio? Drunk driving charges are very serious, so it’s critical that you begin your legal defense promptly.
Your defense begins when you contact an experienced team of Springfield DUI attorneys. The VanNoy Firm is home to several well-respected attorneys skilled in defending DUI cases with years of experience working with Clark County courts, judges, and prosecutors.
Most states use the term DUI, or driving under the influence, to describe when a driver is behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Ohio law, however, refers to this crime as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or OVI. Regardless of whatever term you use, it’s a serious crime that requires a strong legal defense.
Section 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code describes OVI law in great detail. What you need to know is that it’s illegal to operate a vehicle in any place that is accessible to the general public while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. You can be charged with an OVI whether you are behind the wheel on a highway or in a parking lot.
The law determines whether or not you are intoxicated by your blood alcohol content (BAC). The legal threshold in Ohio is 0.08%. When a person’s BAC exceeds 0.17%, they can be charged with an aggravated OVI, a more serious charge with more severe penalties.
A driver can also face additional or increased charges if the DUI results in injury or death to another person. Similarly, if a child is present in the vehicle in the course of a DUI/OWI, additional and more severe penalties may accompany the charges.
The penalties for an OVI charge will depend on the offender’s record and whether or not they have been convicted of an OVI in the last ten years. For a first-time offense, the punishments can include:
As you can see, the penalties vary widely from case to case, making it important to seek the assistance of a skilled defense attorney to help defend against these charges. You have legal options to resolve your OVI case, and your attorney will help you choose the right plan for a successful defense. The best option is usually to successfully earn a complete dismissal of the charge.
A DUI/OVI charge is serious and requires immediate attention. The skilled attorneys at The VanNoy Firm will analyze your arrest records and determine if the police violated proper protocol. We’ll interview witnesses, follow up on leads, and review the evidence to construct a sound case for getting your charges dismissed.
Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We’ll evaluate your case and answer any questions you may have.
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