There is a possibility that multiple criminal charges will arise from a single drunk or drugged driving incident. In the situation of a DUI traffic stop, there are many other related offenses that could be added to the list depending on the conduct of the driver and the reasoning of the officer.
This can come before the stop, such as a hit and run, reckless driving or street racing, or following the stop, like open container, driving with a suspended license or resisting arrest. A judge in Ohio's criminal courts or even Mayor's Courts will be presented with a list of your charges, which will likely not be looked upon favorably.
Because of the potential severity if conviction for an OVI, having the right person at your side, sorting through the details and organizing your case, is of paramount importance. If the defense is presented in a concise and articulate manner, some of the related offenses may be reduced or completely dismissed.
Common Charges Brought Alongside DUI in Ohio
Fortunately, working with a qualified defense attorney can help safeguard your future from all charges you face. Joslyn Law Firm is a full service Columbus criminal defense firm that has extensive knowledge on all areas of criminal law and veteran courtroom experience. This insight will be at your side, every step of the way.
Our law firm is located in Franklin County, OH, and we will confidently handle every aspect of your case, from evidence gathering to pursuing favorable motions. Each DUI lawyer at our firm takes pride in track-record and mission to provide the constant, plain-speaking communication you deserve. From the moment you agree to our representation, takes pride in the fact that they provide a quick response time and aggressive representation when time is of the essence.
In addition to serving residents of Franklin County, our firm also works with adults and minors throughout Central Ohio, including the cities of Dublin, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Hilliard, Circleville, Delaware, Newark and Lancaster, among many others. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call (513) 339-6289 or send an online message today.
An Overview of Criminal Charges Often Related to OVI
- Types of Charges Which Often Stem from DUI Arrests in Ohio
- Criminal Penalties for Misdemeanor or Felony Offenses
- Working with a Qualified Criminal Defense Lawyer in Franklin County
Of the many different charges that can stem from a traffic stop for drunk or drugged driving in the Buckeye State, the following are some of the most common:
Driving Under Suspension – No person whose driver’s or commercial driver’s license or permit or nonresident operating privilege has been suspended shall operate any motor vehicle upon the public roads and highways or upon any public or private property within this state during the period of suspension (§4510.11).
Fleeing and Eluding - No person shall fail to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer invested with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic. Furthermore, no person shall operate a motor vehicle so as willfully to elude or flee a police officer after receiving a visible or audible signal from a police officer to bring the person’s motor vehicle to a stop. This charge is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree (§2621.331).
Hit and Run (Leaving the scene of an accident) - In case of an accident on any of the public roads or highways, the person driving or operating the motor vehicle shall remain at the scene of the accident or collision until the driver or operator has given their name and address together with the registered number of that motor vehicle, to the operator or owner of any motor vehicle damaged in the accident (§4549.02). An individual who commits this offense will be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Minor in Possession of Alcohol - No underage person shall knowingly order, pay for, share the cost of, attempt to purchase, possess, or consume any beer or intoxicating liquor in any public or private place (§4301.69).
Open Container in Vehicle - No person shall have in the person's possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor while operating or being a passenger in or on a motor vehicle on any street highway or other private or public property open to the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking (§4301.62). This is a finable offense, with a maximum amount of $125.
Possession of a Controlled Substance - No person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance (§2925.11). This includes cocaine, heroin, LSD, pharmaceutical such as codeine, Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin, along with ecstasy and even marijuana. The charge is considered aggravated possession of drugs and is considered a felony of the fifth degree.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – No person shall knowingly use, or possess with purpose to use, drug paraphernalia (§2925.14). Paraphernalia is defined as any equipment, product or material used by the offender in propagation, cultivating, growing, packaging, storing, concealing ingestion, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the body. Examples include a pipe, bong, rolling papers, baggies or a scale, among many others. The alleged offender will be charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Reckless Driving - No person shall operate a vehicle on any street or highway in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property (§4511.20). Whoever violates this law is charged with a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Resisting Arrest - No person, recklessly or by force, shall resist or interfere with a lawful arrest of the person or another (§2921.33). A person accused of this will be charged with a misdemeanor of the second degree. If, during the resistance, a police officer is physically harmed, the charge will be upgraded to a felony of the fourth degree.
Street Racing - No person shall participate in street racing upon any public road, street, or highway in this state(4511.251). "Street racing" means the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to out-distance or out-pace each other. This offense is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Weapon Charges – This can included carrying a concealed weapon (§2923.12), improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle (§2923.16) and using weapons while intoxicated (§2923.15). These charges can range from a first-degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony.
The penalties concerning misdemeanor offenses in the state of Ohio can be found in ORC §2929.24 and §2929.28, and are as follows:
Felony of the Fourth Degree – Not more than eighteen months in prison and / or up to $5,000 in fines.
Misdemeanor of the First Degree – Not more than six months (180 days) in jail and / or up to $1,000 in fines.
Misdemeanor of the Second Degree – Not more than 3 months (90 days) in jail and / or up to $750 in fines.
Misdemeanor of the Third Degree – Not more than 2 month (60 days) in jail and / or up to $500 in fines.
Misdemeanor of the Fourth Degree – Not more than 30 days in jail and / or up to $250 in fines.
Minor Misdemeanor – No prison time but a maximum fine of $150.
Although it is easy to give up when the odds are stacked against you, when it comes to your future, resigning yourself to accepting a conviction is not an option. When you are arrested for a DUI in Columbus and charged with other criminal offenses, it is imperative to act quickly and exercise your right to speak to an attorney.
Fortunately, you have strong advocate in Joslyn Law Firm. Our attorneys are major proponents of individual's liberty and further have extensive courtroom experience in both misdemeanor and felony cases in Central Ohio. They refuse to settle for the easiest outcome and put all of their energies into securing your good name.
In addition to serving men and women throughout Franklin County, our Columbus criminal lawyers also provide quality representation to residents of Pickaway County, Madison County, Fayette County, Union County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County. To schedule a risk-free, no-cost consultation to go over the details of your alleged charges and DUI, please call (513) 339-6289 or send an online message today.