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Cincinnati OVI Attorneys

Serious OVI defense On Your Side

Being charged with an OVI or DUI is serious business, and you need a serious attorney on your side. Our Cincinnati DUI attorneys have substantial experience with drunk driving or under the influence cases.

Have you been charged with an OVI or DUI offense? Call us immediately and we can help. Our Cincinnati DUI attorneys are here for you.

What’s the difference between a DUI, a DWI and an OVI?

OVI is specific to Ohio. Ohio’s DUI statute is in O.R.C. 4511.19 titled, “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs—OVI.” In 2001 the Ohio legislature changed the definition of driving in the DUI statute to operating and modified the penalties. DUI stands for “driving under the influence” and can include drugs as well as alcohol. DWI, “driving while impaired”, is specific to driving while drunk from too much alcohol consumption.

What does a DUI ticket look like?

On your citation or ticket, you will see the Under the Influence box checked in most cases and a separate charge if you tested over the legal limit or refused and have a prior OVI in the last 20 years.

You might also have a traffic violation on the ticket. Tickets in Ohio have changed recently, and you might find your next court date at the top or bottom. This date will be set within five business days from your ticket date. If your license is suspended from a test over the limit or refusal, you have a right to Due Process in the form of a hearing at the arraignment which will be done at the first court date.

Dos and Don’ts of Getting Pulled Over For Possible DUI

Do:

  • Signal and pull over.
  • Stop in a safe place.
  • Comply with orders from police:
    • “Put the car in park.”
    • “Turn off the radio.”
    • “Roll down the window.”
    • “Give me your license, registration, and insurance.”
    • “Step out of the vehicle.”
    • “Put your hands behind your back.”
  • Identify yourself by name, date of birth, and social security number especially if you do not have your license. Give it to them if you have it.
  • Identify whether you have a CCW Permit or Firearm.
  • Be polite.
  • Inform the officer that you invoke your right to remain silent.
    • There is a good chance that you are being recorded on high quality audio and video.
      NOTE: THE BACK OF THE POLICE CAR ALSO HAS AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING CAPABILITY ON MOST POLICE CARS!

Don't:

  • Make admissions.
    • You do not need to answer where you are coming from or going to.
    • You do not have to admit to drinking alcohol.
  • Reach where the officer can’t see your hands without permission.
  • Move around in the vehicle. The officer is watching you. They will assume you are hiding drugs or guns and it will raise their blood pressure. This is not the way to get off to a good start.
  • Consent to a search.
  • Resist or fail to comply with orders.
  • Tell the officer they should be out looking for worse criminals or talk to them about race, quotas, or your political views.
  • Be rude or disrespectful.
  • Take any field sobriety tests.
    NOTE: THEY ARE OPTIONAL!!!
  • Take any roadside breath tests.
  • Take any blood, breath, or urine tests at the station or hospital without consulting with a lawyer first.
    (NOTE: WE CAN ASK FOR DRIVING PRIVILEGES WHETHER YOU TEST OVER THE LIMIT OR REFUSE)

6 Signs of Suspected Drunk Driving

A police officer is looking for specific things when they pull you over that will tip them off that you might be drunk. Most OVI or DUI arrests occur on a weekend and after dark, especially after bars close versus Tuesday at noon or during morning and evening rush hour. So what signs are police officers looking for?

What You Should Know About License Suspensions

There are myriad reasons your license is suspended:

Noncompliance

Too many points on your license

FRA

Driving without insurance

DUI/OVI

DUI/OVI charges with an administrative license suspension

Accident

You were in an accident

The first step is to determine the reason your license is suspended, and that will determine the legal path we will need to follow. No matter why your license is suspended, seeking legal counsel can get the problem resolved faster than fighting this on your own. You probably need to get back to work or you have kids’ activities to get to, and not having a license is a hindrance. It’s important that you remember that driving with a suspended license could get you into even more trouble.

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