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When You Can Drive if Your License Is Suspended

You have several options for getting back on the road after your license has been suspended. The options available to you depend on why, how, when, and the type of suspension that was issued. In each case, you have the right to seek advice and representation from a Columbus Ohio lawyer who knows all the details and risks of driving under suspension.  The best way to stay on the road is to hire an experienced Columbus traffic attorney any time you are charged with a traffic offense.  Your attorney will be able to advise you of the possibility of suspension or the potential for future suspensions so you can take steps to avoid it.

  • 2016-08-29
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What May Happen When You Refuse a Sobriety Test

Ohio law enforcement personnel use two sets of tests to make arrests and bring charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI):

  • Field Sobriety Tests—usually a combination of eye movement tracking, walking a straight line, and standing on one leg
  • Breath, Blood, and Urine Tests—collecting samples for analysis

Most people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol have a legal right to decline requests to perform field sobriety tests and to provide samples for lab testing. Exercising those rights can have consequences, however.

  • 2016-08-16
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Traffic Ticket and DUI Penalties for Commercial Drivers

Most Ohio traffic laws apply equally to all drivers. Whether you are in your own car or behind the wheel of a semi, you must obey posted speed limits, stop at red lights, and stay in your lane unless you signal and wait until the way is clear before moving over.

  • 2016-08-26
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Will I Do Jail Time for Drunk Driving?

First, understand that getting pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can subject you to being detained in a medical facility or police station. Even if police do not charge you with an offense, they are allowed to hold you for breath, blood, and urine testing, questioning, and safety considerations. If you have reason to think you will get charged, one of your rights is to contact a Delaware, Ohio, drunk driving attorney for advice and representation. Exercising that right can save you from unintentionally disclosing information that a prosecutor could use against you at trial.

  • 2016-08-09
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Do Penalties Escalate for a Higher BAC?

Yes. Having a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when you are pulled over for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) will subject you to harsher penalties, especially, but not only, when it comes to jail time.

That one-sentence answer hides a lot of complexity. What counts as OVI? What is a “high BAC”? Do legal BAC limits differ for different drivers? What penalties become more severe as BAC increases? How is BAC even measured?

Here are brief answers to each of the questions. You can learn more and request representation from an experienced Madison County, OH, drunk driving lawyer by calling The Maher Law Firm at (614) 205-2208 or filling out this contact form. An initial case consultation is free, and lead DUI/OVI defense attorney Colin Maher charges clients a flat fee.

  • 2016-08-16
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Offenses You May Not Know Are Criminal Charges

Even as an experienced Columbus, Ohio, criminal defense attorney, I occasionally find myself surprised and amused by a BuzzFeed or Cracked-type list of weird laws that include entries like “Elephants wearing top hats are prohibited” and “No person shall give alcohol to fish.” But—and, again, as a criminal defense lawyer—I know that many Ohioans run afoul of the law unintentionally simply because they do not realize certain statutes exists.

  • 2016-08-04
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