If you are looking for a Dayton DUI expungement lawyer, you should really be looking for an aggressive criminal defense lawyer. DUI expungement is not available in the state of Ohio after a conviction.
Your case is not going to go away on its own. Prosecutors want one thing and one thing only: convictions. DUI’s may only be “expunged” if the charges are dropped or you get acquitted at trial. However, for that to happen, you need a skilled DUI lawyer like the ones at Suhre & Associates, LLC fighting for you.
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How Can Suhre & Associates, LLC Help Me With DUI Expungement in Dayton?
Expungement is not an option for you unless you win your case — by getting the charges dropped or obtaining an acquittal from a jury. We know how serious having a criminal record is to our clients and their future. The Dayton DUI expungement lawyers at Suhre & Associates, LLC will defend all you against all allegations of wrongdoing.
Do not sit back and let the State accuse you of unlawful conduct or threaten your future and reputation. Suhre & Associates, LLC will put you back on the offensive, challenging every shred of evidence and every police action we can. We are skilled at fighting DUI cases in order to leave expungement on the table.
When you choose our Dayton criminal defense lawyers to represent you, we will:
- Invoke your Miranda Rights
- Demand every piece of evidence from the State
- Work with experts to challenge laboratory evidence, if necessary
- Negotiate for a dismissal or reduction in charges
- Take the case to trial if necessary
Get in contact with our team so we can get started on your case. It is critical to bring lawyers in right away to begin protecting your rights.
What is Expungement?
Expungement, also called “sealing records” in Ohio, means that a criminal conviction is removed from your criminal record. Judges may grant expungement if a convicted individual petitions the court after successful completion of a sentence. This helps people get a second chance after making a mistake.
However, the expungement statute, Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.32, does not apply to convictions of DUI. This is likely because DUI offenses become more serious as the number of offenses goes up. Because the penalty increases with each successive DUI, the State needs to keep track of DUI convictions. Therefore, they can’t seal the records under current law.
This means that the only way to expunge a DUI is to win your case.
What Penalties Am I Facing For DUI in Dayton?
The penalties for a DUI range from very minor to extremely serious, depending on the number of prior DUIs you have. In any case, one of the serious penalties is having a conviction on your criminal record. That’s why it is critical to fight DUI cases tooth and nail with an aggressive legal defense. Once convicted, the record isn’t going anywhere.
Other penalties include the following:
- First Offense: Minimum of three days jail or three-day driver intervention program, 6 months maximum
- Second Offense in 10 years: Minimum 10 days in jail to a maximum of six months in jail
- Third Offense in 10 years: Minimum of 30 days in jail to a maximum of one year in jail
- 4+ in 10 years: Minimum of 60 days jail to a maximum of one year in jail
There are additional penalties not included on this list that you can view here. These include lengthy driver’s license suspensions and hefty fines. Additionally, having a “high tier” blood alcohol content (BAC) can greatly increase mandatory jail time and the severity of a sentence.
What are the Elements of a DUI Charge?
A prosecutor in Dayton must prove every individual element of your Driving Under the Influence charge in order to convict you. Suhre & Associates, LLC knows how to push back on each and every element as we fight for you.
The elements of a DUI are:
- Operated a motor vehicle
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
In some states, the State must prove actual impairment. This is not so in Ohio. Under Ohio law, you can be convicted of DUI if the State proves your BAC exceeded .08.
Getting a lawyer involved early is the key to being able to build the strongest defense possible. Get in touch with us right away so we can fight to keep your criminal record clean.
What Defenses are Available for a DUI Case?
Every DUI case is unique, so we can’t say what defenses will be available in your case without an investigation. However, there are some defenses that commonly come up in DUI defense.
Some of these defense approaches include:
- Fighting to suppress blood evidence
- Fighting to suppress incriminating statements
- Challenging police actions and field sobriety test administration
There are numerous approaches to DUI defense and many tools not listed here. Our lawyers will develop a unique, detailed approach to your case to help you avoid the worst consequences for your charge.
Contact Suhre & Associates, LLC for Help with your DUI Case
If you are looking for a Dayton DUI defense lawyer, you should work with Suhre & Associates, LLC. Our lawyers will fight your DUI case every step of the way. We know how important it is to avoid a conviction.
We will do everything we can to achieve a dismissal or acquittal to keep your criminal record clean. Contact us right away for your free initial consultation.