DUI Charges for Out-of-State Visitors
As a resident and citizen of the United States, you can generally travel easily across state lines. One of the only drawbacks is that you will be subject to the laws and regulations of the state you are currently in when it comes to criminal offenses.
For individuals who are visiting Ohio from another state, the laws regarding driving under the influence (DUI) are still fully applicable. Dealing with these charges can be problematic when your time and money are both valuable and limited. An experienced OVI attorney can help you address these charges and minimize the need for you to appear at court, and otherwise simplify a sometimes complex process.
Columbus Attorney for Out-of-State DUI Offenders
It is important to work with a defense attorney who understands the complexity of non-resident drunk or drugged driving charges. Joslyn Law Firm is a full service criminal defense firm based in Franklin County, OH. Our criminal lawyers have represented out of state guests and international visitors from many complex criminal charges.
Our attorneys are proactive, aggressive and focused on providing legal representation that is both productive and comprehensive. They will handle every aspect of your case, from the gathering of evidence to the production of all necessary documents. This will allow you to go back to your state of residence, and focus on moving on with your life, while Joslyn Law Firm addresses your legal problems on your behalf.
We proudly work to assert the rights and clear the names for people arrested for DUI in Columbus and throughout Central Ohio, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Fayette County, Union County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County.
To schedule a free consultation to go over your rights after an OVI as an out-of-state offender with a highly-qualified defense lawyer, please call (513) 339-6289 or send an online message today.
Information for Non Residents Charged with DUI in Columbus OH
- Appearance and Trial Process for Non Resident OVI
- Consequences of the Interstate Driver License Compact
- Searching for a Lawyer to Defend a Non Resident Driver in Ohio
Even though you live out-of-state, you are required to make a court date within 10 days from your arrest. If you are not represented by a defense lawyer, then you must attend all court dates thereafter in person. Even with this requirement, there is a possibility that you may never have to return to Ohio for your DUI charge if you retain legal counsel and they are legally eligible to attend all necessary court dates in your absence.
The experienced defense lawyers at Joslyn Law Firm will appear in criminal court and even before the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) on your behalf to defend your driver's license. State DUI/OVI laws can be found in Chapter 45 of the Ohio Revised Code and elsewhere on our website.
Assuming there is no trial, your DUI attorney may be able to present documentation (Plea in Absentia) to the court on your behalf. If you happen to get probation as a penalty, this will be termed “Mail in Probation,” which means that your contact with a probation officer will be through the mail because of your distance.
The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an interstate agreement used by most states to exchange information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents and forward them to the state where they are licensed.
The home state would treat the offense as if it had been committed at home, applying home state laws to the out-of-state offense. The action taken would include, but not be limited to, points assessed on a minor offense such as speeding and suspension of license as in the case of a DUI charge.
The only states that are not part of this national compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
Our defense attorneys will take charge and handle every aspect of your DUI case, allowing you to get your affairs in order and go back to living your life in your home state or country. They understand the pressure involved, whether it comes from aggressive police officers or the worry that comes with the potential for jail time and hefty fines. Because of this awareness and concern for our clients, each member of the Joslyn Law Firm makes communication the highest priority.
We proudly serve individuals throughout the United States, along with international residents as well, who need to solve legal problems that arose in the state of Ohio. This includes any DUI infraction allegedly committed in Franklin County, Pickaway County, Madison County, Fayette County, Union County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over your out-of-state driving under the influence case, please call (513) 339-6289 or send an online message today.