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Alternative Sentences for DUI in Ohio

Ohio law offers few alternatives to jail time for a conviction on the charge state statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Most of the penalties that take the place of incarceration are only available to first-time drunk or drugged driving offenders, but a dedicated Union County, OH, DUI attorney will explore all the options for a more-lenient sentence when a conviction or plea deal becomes unavoidable.

  • 2016-10-21
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How Much Jail Time Do Repeat DUIs Warrant?

The repeat DUI attorney in the Columbus, Ohio, offices of The Maher Law Firm know that multiple convictions on the charge that state statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) can carry severe penalties. One component of such sentences many of our clients understandably worry about is jail time.

  • 2016-10-13
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Juveniles’ Constitutional Rights

Under the U.S. Constitution and the laws of Ohio, children and teens enjoy many of the same protections against illegal arrests and unfair trials that adults do. This is important because even a conviction for an offense as seemingly minor as underage possession of alcohol or disorderly conduct can cost a young person valuable educational and employment opportunities.

  • 2016-10-19
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How Far Over the Speed Limit Is Considered ‘Speeding’?

Anything over the speed limit is speeding.

This is neither a philosophical maxim, nor a statement of physical principles. It’s the law.

Ohio state statutes designate speeding as a prima facie offense. In plain English, this means that a police officer who clocks you going even one mile over a posted speed limit can pull you over and write you a ticket.

  • 2016-09-29
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What Types of Prescription Drugs Can Cause a DUI Charge?

Ohio laws that prohibit operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) apply equally to diving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The category of drugs, of course, includes prescription medications, so taking a wide range of otherwise perfectly legally and safe drugs can put an Ohio driver at risk for arrest and conviction. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, consider reaching out to a Columbus, Ohio OVI defense attorney, who understands how to handle cases involving prescription drug use.

  • 2016-10-17
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What Are the Hit and Run Laws?

Ohio law makes leaving the scene of an accident a criminal/traffic offense. Even a person hit by another driver must stop. Failing to do so can bring a jail sentence, criminal fines, a lengthy driver’s license suspension, points, and a court order to pay restitution. If you find yourself accused of committing the violation that state statutes call “failure to stop after an accident,” you should contact an experienced Columbus, Ohio, hit and run defense lawyer to explore ways to avoid those harsh punishments.

  • 2016-09-27
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