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What Happens if I’m Charged with a Third DUI?

If you already have two convictions for drunk or drugged driving offenses on your record, a third arrest for driving under the influence in Columbus, Ohio, puts you at risk for a lengthy jail sentence and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. You could also find yourself without a personal driver’s license and commercial driver’s license for a decade.

  • 2017-03-21
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Can Breath or Blood Test Consent Be Withdrawn?

Yes, you can stop taking part in breath, blood, and urine testing procedures after you have started. That simple answer requires a good deal of explanation, however, particularly because failing to do everything a police officer asks you to do can have serious legal consequences.

Implied Consent and Fifth Amendment Rights

When it comes to testing suspected drunk and drugged drivers, Ohio police act on the principle of implied consent. This means that simply getting into the driver’s seat can subject a person to all kinds of field sobriety tests and laboratory analyses of your breath, blood, and urine samples unless the person clearly states that he or she does not consent to those procedures.

  • 2017-02-15
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How Do Ohio DUI Penalties Compare to Other States’?

Every state penalizes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs harshly. Ranking states from lenient to draconian really doesn’t make sense, but it can help to know what you might face if you get convicted of DUI in different localities.

The drunk driving defense attorney with the Maher Law Firm detail Columbus Ohio DUI penalties here. The following chart contrasts a subset of what an intoxicated or stoned driver could expect in neighboring states if he or she has never been convicted of drunk or drugged driving.

Typical First-Time DUI Penalties in States That Border Ohio

  • 2017-01-05
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Outside Factors That Can Affect Sobriety Tests

Police, prosecutors and judges in Columbus Ohio put great stock in sobriety tests when making arrests and holding trials on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). The tests and their results are far from infallible, however. Several factors can influence how each assessment of impairment due to alcohol or drug use is performed and interpreted.

Discussing all the options for an OVI defense will require sitting down with an experienced Columbus Ohio OVI attorney. Here are just a few insights into how sobriety tests done by the side of the road and in a medical facility can produce unreliable and inadmissible information that should not be used to secure a conviction.

  • 2016-10-25
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5 Things to Do After Being Charged With DUI

You must act quickly and consistently to establish and succeed with a defense against a drunk or drugged driving charge. Taking the following five steps when accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) in Ohio will help.

Call a Columbus Ohio DUI Lawyer

Your right to speak with an attorney who focuses on defending people charged with driving under the influence exists from the moment a police officer pulls you over or approaches you at a DUI checkpoint. Exercising that right as soon as possible after you hear that you will be charged with OVI gives you access to helpful advice and representation for enforcing your other rights, including protections against self-incrimination and illegal searches.

  • 2017-03-14
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How Long Will I Spend in Jail as a DUI Offender?

One of the primary reasons to hire a Columbus drunk driving attorney is to get help with staying out of a county jail cell.

The following table summarizes the types of jail sentences Ohio courts can impose for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Note that avoiding incarceration altogether is pretty much impossible for what judges call a “high test” conviction, even when the defendant has no previous history of driving under the influence.

  • 2017-01-24
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What to Expect if You Get a Second DUI

In Ohio, incarceration and use of an ignition interlock device once limited driving privileges are reinstated become mandatory with a second conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol within a six-year period. So do display of specially designed offender plates and a 90-day “immobilization” (i.e., booting or impoundment) of one’s personal vehicle after s second operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) conviction.

The Franklin County drunk driving attorney with The Maher Law Firm present a full rundown of the penalties Ohio imposes for multiple DUIs on this webpage. Five things worth noting about a second OVI/DUI case are:

  • 2016-12-31
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What Is Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated?

Perhaps the best way to explain the alleged offense Ohio calls aggravated vehicular homicide is to define the three words in reverse order:

  • Homicide—taking another person’s life
  • Vehicle—any car, truck, motorcycle, boat with an engine, or aircraft
  • Aggravated—committing a crime like operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), acting recklessly by exceeding a posted speed limit by more than 25 mph, or being negligent by, for example, falling asleep behind the wheel

  • 2017-02-22
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How a DUI Attorney Can Get Your Charges Dismissed

As a DUI attorney practicing in Central Ohio, I use three main strategies to convince prosecutors and judges to dismiss a charge for the offense that state statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI):

  • Challenging the way field sobriety tests were conducted and interpreted
  • Challenging how breath, blood, and urine samples were collected and analyzed
  • Negotiating a plea to a less-serious charge that carries a less-severe sentence

  • 2017-01-17
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Should I Consider a Plea Bargain in My DUI Case?

The short answer is yes, you should consider a plea bargain in your DUI case.

That being said, you should never agree to admit to being guilty of any criminal offense or traffic violation until you consult with an experienced Columbus DUI attorney. The prosecutor who offers to reduce a charge from what Ohio statutes calls operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) may not be looking to lower potential penalties. Rather, he or she may just want to resolve the case while securing what amounts to a conviction. Do not agree to anything without first consulting an experienced DUI attorney in Columbus.

  • 2016-11-01
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