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Facing a DUI charge in Ohio is challenging and stressful situation, no matter the circumstances. Ohio law lists strict potential penalties for offenders that can affect your life for years to come. With sentences such as jail time, steep fines, and a criminal record on the line, those accused of a DUI offense can easily feel overwhelmed.
However, an arrest does not guarantee a conviction. Even in the most difficult situation, an Ohio DUI attorney can help you take on the charges against you. A lawyer can help find a positive resolution for you during every phase of the proceedings.
Ohio DUI Lawyer
A skilled attorney from Joslyn Law Firm can take on your DUI case in Ohio. Brian Joslyn has had first-hand experience with false accusations and knows the stress that you're facing. He is determined to make sure that you have the highest quality of legal counsel so that you can feel confident through each phase of the criminal justice process.
If you've been charged with a DUI offense in Ohio, call (614) 444-0900 today to schedule your free consultation with Joslyn Law Firm. Brian Joslyn and his team proudly serve cities throughout central Ohio, including Cincinnati, Hamilton, Middletown, Lebanon, and Norwood.
Ohio DUI Laws
According to Ohio Revised Code §4511.19, a person cannot legally operate a vehicle if:
- The person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them
- The person has a concentration of .08 to .17 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
This law includes alcohol as well as drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other substances with a potential for abuse. The statute goes on to state that a person cannot drive if:
- The person has a concentration of heroin in their urine of at least 150 nanograms OR at least 50 nanograms in their blood.
- The person has a concentration of cocaine (coke) in their urine of at least 150 nanograms OR at least 50 nanograms in their blood.
- The person has a concentration of amphetamine (meth) in their urine of at least 500 nanograms (per milliliter) OR 100 nanograms (per milliliter) in their blood.
- The person has a concentration of marihuana (marijuana, weed, bud, pot) in their urine of at least 10 nanograms OR at least two nanograms in their blood.
- The person has a concentration of LSD (acid) in their urine of at least 25 nanograms OR at least 10 nanograms in their blood.
Penalties for DUI in Ohio
Ohio law outlines that the potential penalties for a DUI charge vary depending on the offender's record of prior charges. For a first-time DUI, the offender faces a possibility of a minimum 72 hours jail sentence that can be expended for up to 180 days. In addition, the accused can be fined up to $1,075 and their driving privileges can be suspended or revoked. Future convictions can increase the penalties, with the most serious offenses leading to up to 15 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
In addition, offenders can face consequences such as the installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle, special license plates, vehicle forfeiture, or a requirement to attend an alcohol treatment program. Outside of the courtroom, these offenses can cause the offender's insurance rates to increase drastically.
If you are arrested on a DUI charge, formally called an OVI offense, your license will automatically be suspended. To request that it be reinstated while your case is being processed, you will need to request a hearing. An attorney can represent you at this hearing and will drastically increase your chances of regaining your driving privileges during the weeks or months that your DUI case is being investigated and processed.
Facing an OVI in Ohio
Ohio is one of only two states in the USA that pursues traffic offenses and other minor cases through a Mayor's Court system. This means that for most DUI cases, hearings and trials will take place in the local Mayor's Court. Each Court has its own website, which can provide information on its location and individual processes.
Ohio DUI Resources
The Ohio DMV – This page provides information about the administrative steps taken after you have been charged with a DUI, and other useful information, such as the locations of local branches.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – This website contains information about driving in Ohio, as well as various forms and the locations of local offices.1970 West Broad Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 43223-1101
Ohio Rev. Code §4511.19 – This is the full text of Ohio's laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Hiring an OVI Attorney in Ohio
You don't have to face this difficult situation alone. Brian Joslyn has devoted his practice, Joslyn Law Firm to helping people like you who are facing a criminal charge. Those across Ohio, in Hamilton County, Clermont County, Butler County, and nearby areas, can turn to Joslyn Law Firm for experienced legal representation that can minimize the stress that they face. Set up a free consultation with us today by calling (614) 444-0900.