Defending You From Drunk Driving Charges
Being charged with DUI/OVI and not knowing how this can affect your future is a scary experience.
The first thing you should do is hire a reputable lawyer who regularly practices this area of law. There are many deadlines for motions that need to be filed in order to protect your case, and it is valuable to explore those options early on in your case.
Consequences for an OVI/DUI conviction include mandatory license suspension, mandatory fines and mandatory jail time. It can also include yellow license plates, ignition interlock devices, vehicle immobilization or forfeiture, probation and drug/alcohol assessments or counseling. There are many secondary consequences, such as increased auto insurance rates and potential effects on your employment, professional license, health insurance and immigration status.
When hired, our office will enter a not guilty plea and appeal the administrative license suspension. Next, we will demand discovery from the state and review the evidence they have against you. While it may seem like they have a strong case when you are initially arrested, our office will spend the time to research each potential weakness in their case.
We will then file a Motion to Suppress based on what we learn from our review of your case. We will ask these questions:
- Did the officer/trooper have probable cause to stop your vehicle?
- Did the officer/trooper have justification to detain you for an investigation?
- Did the officer/trooper perform the field sobriety tests correctly?
- Did the police department follow the Ohio regulations for any breath, urine or blood tests?
- Was the machine in proper working order, and were records maintained regularly and completely?
We always attempt to negotiate an acceptable plea arrangement on your behalf, and if we do not reach an agreement, the Motion to Suppress hearing will be held, and ultimately, a bench/jury trial.
The attorneys at Kroener Hale Law Firm will see your case through each step of the way, frequently updating you on the progress and working with you to obtain a favorable result. Don’t let a simple mistake turn into a lifetime of regret. If you are accused of DUI/OVI, let the experienced attorneys at Kroener Hale Law Firm go to bat for you. The state is not out to help you, but we are! Let us protect your rights!