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 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

8 Tips for Hiring a DUI Lawyer in Ohio

A DUI charge in Ohio is serious. If you face a DUI charge, you should immediately reach out to an experienced DUI lawyer in Ohio.  With that said, finding the right attorney to represent you may be a challenge if you have never had to seek legal counsel. Here are eight tips for hiring a… read more

How Do “Smart Start” Interlock Devices Work?

There are many ways to commit an OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired), Ohio’s name for a DUI offense. When a judge sentences you after an OVI conviction, the judge can order you to use an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. This order can be both good news and bad news. On the one… read more

Breathalyzer Tests Can Be Wrong: Reasons for False Positive Results

Suppose a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after seeing you drive erratically. The police officer already believes you may be driving drunk or drugged in many cases. Therefore, they will request that you take a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol level (BAC)…. read more