You have been stopped by a police officer for driving under the influence (DUI), also known as an OVI. The officer gives you a sobriety test after warning you of your “implied consent” – you do not pass it. The police officer is reasonably certain that you are driving while intoxicated. He reads Miranda rights to you, places you in the back seat of his patrol car and calls to have your vehicle towed. What must be going through your mind at this time?
Many of those individuals who are being arrested for a first offense have had no previous experience with being arrested and may be frightened as to what will happen to them. Their quandary is “what happens next.” Accepting the fact that they are being charged with a DUI is the first step in understanding their reality. The second step is to call their attorney so that he can help them with what needs to be done next.
For the most part, Ohio uses the term OVI (operating a vehicle while under the influence), instead of the more popular term DUI. It means the same thing as DUI or DWI; these terms are interchangeable. However, under the Ohio’s OVI laws, the term also encompasses allegations of driving under the influence of other controlled substances such as prescription drugs. Under Ohio law, you may be arrested if your “blood alcohol content” (BAC) is .08 percent or above.
What you do within the first few hours after an arrest for OVI may determine the outcome of your case. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to call an experienced criminal law attorney. He will walk you through the various stages in the process.
Keeping in mind all the various stages involved in an OVI/DUI trial, you can see why having your attorney with you from the beginning is the most important stage in the process.
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