My name is Robert Healey and I am a lawyer that limits his practice to OVI defense in southwest Ohio. Currently I manage the DUI office in Dayton, Ohio, where I attended law school. I write this blog to better inform people in the Dayton area that have been charged with an OVI.
Sometimes people are charged with possession of marijuana along with a DUI. If the marijuana ticket does not require a mandatory court appearance and only requires that you pay a fine, it is best to wait until your lawyer tells you want to do before paying the ticket.
This is important because the possession of marijuana even as a minor misdemeanor can cause a suspension of your driver’s license as a drug of abuse suspension. A drug charge can often be reduced or dismissed as part of the overall case negotiation.
Also, you will have a drug conviction on your record if you just pay the ticket. This can affect things like job applications, school loans, auto insurance, etc.
The best solution to every charge of DUI or OVI is to hire a lawyer because you can make knowing and intelligent decisions in your case. Drug and DUI charges often have many unforeseeable consequences for the uninformed.