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What Can I Expect at a DUI Checkpoint ?

Knowing what you can expect to see, hear, and do at a DUI checkpoint in or around Columbus, Ohio, can help you avoid arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) and prevent other legal difficulties. If you want more information than the basics shared here, you can schedule a free consultation with a central Ohio OVI defense attorney by calling The Maher Law Firm at (614) 205-2208 or by filling out this online contact form.

  • 2017-08-08
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Are Minors Allowed to Drink in Their Parent’s Home?

Ohio law recognizes a very limited set of exceptions to its law that only people older than 21 can drink alcohol. Specifically, teens and young adults who are “supervised by a parent, spouse who is not an underage person, or legal guardian” can legally possess and consume beer, wine, or liquor in a private residence. The “supervised by an adult” exception does not extend to public places, and it does not cover other people’s children or spouses.

  • 2017-06-27
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When Can Tickets Be Amended in Franklin County DUI Cases

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), which is what Ohio statutes call driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is no simple traffic ticket. It is like a criminal charge that, unlike a standard speeding or illegal U-turn ticket, carries the risk of jail time and spending half a year or longer without full driving privileges.

  • 2017-08-01
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What’s the Difference Between DUI and OVI?

“DUI” stands for “driving under the influence.” As a criminal/traffic charge, it applies to drunk drivers and drivers who have taken the road after using drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, opioid painkillers, and methamphetamines.

  • 2017-06-16
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What Happens if I Get a DUI Outside of Ohio?

Getting convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs anywhere in the United States brings serious legal and financial consequences. The location does matter to some extent, however, because each state has its own laws and penalties for the offense Ohio statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated, or OVI.

  • 2017-07-06
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What Officers Are Looking for During a Checkpoint

Every driver is likely to encounter a drunk and drugged driving checkpoint at some point. People who see a checkpoint in time, or who know about one in advance (checkpoints must be announced), can legally take a route around a DUI checkpoint. Once a person enters the cones, however, it becomes a criminal offense to refuse to stop and hand over one’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

  • 2017-06-07
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