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Do All DUI Checkpoints Have to Be Announced in Advance?

Yes, local police departments and the Ohio State Highway Patrol must provide public notice of every sobriety checkpoint before they conduct it. This does not mean that law enforcement officials have to widely advertise each general stop to check drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Nor do officials need to specify the exact times and locations.

  • 2018-12-05
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What Can a DUI Lawyer Do for Me?

Ohio police and prosecutors prioritize the arrest and conviction of people for driving under influence of alcohol and drugs. Sentences for the offense that state laws call operating a vehicle while intoxicated, or OVI, are severe. Having an OVI/DUI on your record can make finding and keeping jobs difficult, make affording car insurance nearly impossible, and keep your life off track long after any jail time is served, fines are paid, and license suspensions get lifted.

  • 2018-10-20
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Is DUI a Serious Criminal Offense?

This is what we consider a quasi criminal offense because it is also a traffic offense.  It is quite serious and the penalties get more severe the more you rack up.

You will face serious penalties if you get convicted of or plead guilty to driving under the influence in Ohio.

  • 2018-08-24
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Things You Should Know About Reckless Operation in Franklin County

Drivers in central Ohio may not immediately recognize the term “reckless operation.” Getting to know what the alleged traffic violation entails and what the consequences for a conviction can be is important.

  • 2018-05-11
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5 Events That Occur During a DUI Arrest

An arrest for driving under the influence in central Ohio goes through five stages regardless of whether a driver gets pulled over or enters a DUI checkpoint. We briefly describe each below. Keep in mind that if you find yourself facing an arrest for the charge that police and prosecutors call operating a vehicle while intoxicated, you have an undeniable right to call a Columbus DUI defense lawyer for advice and representation.

  • 2018-11-25
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Can You Get in Trouble for Driving While High on Marijuana?

Ohio law treats driving while impaired by marijuana the same as driving under the influence of alcohol. State statutes refer to both offenses as operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), and courts impose the same types of penalties regardless of whether a person gets convicted of driving while drunk or high.

  • 2018-10-03
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What Counts as a Traffic Violation in Franklin County, Ohio?

Consult this long list of traffic violations that can put penalty points on your Ohio license to check if you recently committed a ticketable offense without even knowing it. The majority of traffic laws do exist for very good reasons, and recognizing that, say, not covering or strapping in a load in the back of your pickup truck can save you considerable trouble with police and, potentially, insurance claims from damage tracked back to items you dropped.

  • 2018-08-18
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How Long Do You Lose Your CDL for a DUI?

Ohio commercial driver license suspensions related to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol come in three forms. None are good news for the accused or convicted commercial driver because state statutes prohibit any driving of commercial vehicles during the entire length of a suspension.

  • 2018-11-05
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Is There a Difference Between OVI, DUI, and DWI?

You spell DUI, DWI, and OVI differently.

Other than the terminology, though, each alleged offense comes down to driving after drinking too much alcohol or using drugs. States assign different names to this, but the legal consequences for getting convicted are pretty severe regardless of the location.

  • 2018-08-31
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Do DUI Car Crash Defenses Exist in Ohio?

While a charge for driving under the influence greatly complicates matters for a person who is accused of causing a car crash, effective defense strategies definitely exist. An experienced Columbus DUI defense lawyer will focus on both questioning the evidence being used to convince a judge that his client was impaired by alcohol or drugs and on the reasons investigators cite for blaming the crash on his client.

  • 2018-08-07
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