Though not everyone has been criminally charged or knows someone who has, it is far more common to know someone who has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, other drugs of abuse or a similar statute. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that over 250,000 persons have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, with forty four percent of those being repeat offenders. If you are one of those people, you have valuable rights that should and must be protected.
Unlike some states, Ohio law requires jail time and a license suspension for even your first offense. Other penalties include mandatory fines, vehicle impoundment, specialized license plates, ignition interlock devices, community services, and drug and/or alcohol assessments. Conviction can also result in job loss or insurance complications. Penalties can double or even worse depending upon participation in breath, urine or blood tests.
These charges must be attacked from beginning to end, from the initial traffic stop until the time of release. Probable cause for an OVI arrest can result from something as insignificant as tapping a yellow line or speeding. To fight this type of charge, it is necessary to have an attorney who is well versed and experienced in Ohio OVI law. It is possible to minimize, if not outright defeat these types of charges with the right representation.
At our office, Bradley Kraemer has years of experience fighting these charges as well as a background in law enforcement. He is NHTSA (National Highway, Traffic and Safety Administration) certified, a graduate of the National College of DUI Defense and numerous other seminars. Let him help you protect your rights.