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How Long After an Accident Can I Be Charged With OVI in Dayton, OH?

In Dayton, Ohio, if you are involved in an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could face an OVI arrest on the day of the drunk driving accident or in the days following the car crash. It’s important to understand how long after an accident you could still be charged… read more

How Long Does it Take to Get Your First Court Date For a DUI in Ohio?

Facing a DUI charge can be one of the most frightening experiences of your life. The consequences of a DUI conviction can include fines, incarceration, suspension of your driver’s license, and other long-term impacts to your life.  This is why it is so important to contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible if… read more

What is The Difference Between OVI, DUI, DWI, and OMVI?

In Ohio, prosecutors stopped using the terms driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) in 1982. The state then decided to use a new term—operating a motor vehicle impaired (OMVI). In 2005, the Ohio General Assembly came to adopt the term OVI after determining that a vehicle could be non-motorized and still… read more

What Happens If the Police Don’t Read You Your Rights in Ohio?

Most of us have heard it before on television police dramas: “You have the right to remain silent….” That is the sound of a police officer “reading you your rights.” But what happens if the police fail to read you your rights? Do you walk away from what would otherwise be a criminal prosecution? The… read more

What To Do if You’re Facing an Underage DUI Charge

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years old or older. Additionally, each state has underage DUI laws that address underage drinking and driving.  If you or your child are facing underage DUI charges, you need to understand your legal rights and what you are facing. Therefore, your first step is to… read more

When Is A DUI/OVI a Felony in Ohio?

Let’s face it. No one wants to be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI). However, OVIs happen, and they happen regularly in Ohio. According to data from Ohio’s State Highway Patrol, thousands of drivers are arrested on suspicion of OVIs every year.  If you are charged, it is… read more

Ohio First-Offense Misdemeanor DUI Penalties

In the state’s revised code, driving under the influence (DUI) is referred to as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI). According to Ohio Revised Code §4511.19, no one shall operate any vehicle if they are: Under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of the two… read more

How Long Can a Court Keep My DUI Case Open Without Actually Charging Me?

Statutes of limitations apply in criminal cases as well as civil cases. A statute of limitations is a deadline for filing criminal charges or a civil lawsuit. The statutes of limitations vary by state. Ohio Revised Code §2901.13 sets the statutes of limitations for criminal cases. The deadlines for filing most criminal charges are: Six… read more

Is There a Difference Between A DWI and A DUI In Dayton, OH?

No, there is no difference between a DWI and a DUI in Dayton or anywhere else in Ohio. Conversationally, most people use these two terms interchangeably to refer to the criminal offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Ohio legal community, however, refers to this offense as OVI (Operating a Vehicle… read more

5 Tips For Choosing the Best Dayton Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you face legal trouble in Dayton, your most important choice is selecting a good criminal defense attorney. A good attorney knows how to build a strong criminal defense. They might get your charges reduced or even dropped entirely. On the other hand, an ineffective lawyer won’t do much to improve your outcome.  Here are… read more