Prior Conviction


The hard seats of the police cruiser don’t do anything to soften the ride or ease your worries. Depressed, you glance out the window as you drive past the green fields of the Miami Valley Golf club. It has been a few years since your last arrest, but you still remember the huge headache of dealing with DUI charges. Breathing a heavy sigh, you rest your head against the window and close your eyes.

If you are facing a DUI charge and are already carrying a past conviction, you might encounter some unexpected surprises. In Ohio, the severity of a DUI is increased based on your past record. That means that multiple convictions can bring harsher penalties and more strict treatment from prosecutors and judges.

Ohio DUI Laws on Past Convictions

In most situations, any DUI conviction within the past 6 years can count against you. If you refuse to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test, convictions which occurred up to 20 years ago can be taken into account. The penalties for multiple DUI convictions can include increased jail time, bigger fines, longer license suspension and probation, the loss of your vehicle, and others.

Some judges and prosecutors may be lenient for first-time offenders. They may be more willing to reduce charges or limit penalties for individuals with no past record but will be much less accommodating when you have a past conviction. With a past conviction, you are less likely to get a deal from the prosecutors, and judges are much more likely to apply the maximum penalty in sentencing.

An Attorney at Suhre & Associates Can Help

If you are being charged with a DUI and already have a past conviction, call Suhre & Associates. In some situations, we can convince the court to ignore a previous DUI based on the circumstances surrounding the conviction. Our attorneys will analyze your case and recommend a personalized defense. In the situation you are in, winning your case may be your only good option. As the preeminent DUI law firm in Dayton we have the expertise and experience you will need.

Call Suhre & Associates and speak with an attorney that can help you defend your DUI charges.

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A Relieved Client

“I went to court thinking I would just get driving privileges and still be under suspension for some time. Rob was able to get the entire ALS suspension waived and most of the court fees waived as well. Was placed under 6 months probation, couldnt have asked for a better outcome. Rob did a phenomenal job. He is very knowledgeable and accessible, and I would recommend him to anyone.”

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A Grateful Client

“Rob is very knowledgeable in his area. His expertise and advice were unsurpassed. I not only had extreme confidence in Rob’s ability but was able to put my mind at ease while we went through this process. Rob was able to work with the prosecuting attorney and then get agreement from the Judge to dismiss several charges and plead to a 1st DUI. I cannot express the gratitude I have for Rob. I realize that he is being paid for his service, but his attitude is like none I’ve experienced when dealing with an attorney for this type of matter. He was not judgmental but caring.”