Pretrial Diversion Programs for DUI
Unlike other states, Ohio does not allow DUI offenders to participate in a pretrial diversion program. If you have been charged with OVI in Columbus, the closest defense you have to a pretrial diversion program is to have an experienced defense lawyer intervene with the prosecution on your behalf or file specific pretrial motions.
Pretrial Diversion Intervention in Ohio for DUI Offenders
The legal team at Joslyn Law Firm is experienced in DUI prosecution and has specialized BAC testing experience. If there are cracks in the prosecution's case or you've been served with trumped-up charges, our dedicated defense lawyers will investigate and fight for reduced or dismissed charges.
If you've been charged in the Greater Columbus area, including Dublin, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Grove City, Circleville, Delaware, Newark, Lancaster, Marysville, and London contact Joslyn Law Firm. Your first consultation is free, so call (513) 339-6289 today and see what kinds of pretrial intervention we can do for your case.
Information on Ohio Pretrial Diversion Intervention Options
- Intervening with a DUI Case Before Trial
- Record Sealing and Expunging for OVI Charges
- Finding Franklin County Diversion Programs After a Drunk Driving Arrest
Just because Ohio excludes drunk or drugged driving offenders from pretrial diversion programs doesn't mean there is nothing an experienced Columbus DUI attorney can do to get your case reduced or dismissed before trial.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, your attorney can intervene with the prosecution and negotiate to get the charges dropped or reduced based on current caseload and whether or not you're likely to be a repeat offender. Your attorney will also review your OVI arrest in detail and point out any weaknesses, inaccuracies, or administrative mistakes and attempt to convince the prosecution that guilt beyond reasonable doubt is not provable.
Additionally, your defense attorney can file pretrial motions to exclude evidence, reduce the charges, or dismiss the case completely. If your attorney doesn't advise the acceptance of a plea bargain or reduced charges, it is likely because he or she believes very strongly that your case will win in court. There are many pretrial steps a qualified defense attorney can take, so don't just give in to the charges or accept a plea bargain.
In Ohio, you can't have your record expunged – but you can have it sealed. Unfortunately, this process is prohibited for several convictions, including OVI. However, if your defense attorney gets your charges reduced, dismissed, or wins you a not guilty verdict in court you may then be eligible to have your records sealed. This process could help you regain pre-arrest quality of life by removing this situation from view of potential employers during background checks.
Despite the exclusion of these charges from pretrial intervention and record sealing, there are many defense strategies the legal team at Joslyn Law Firm can use to fight for a case reduction or dismissal. If you've been charged with an OVI offense in Franklin County, Delaware County, Madison County, Union County, Licking County, Fairfield County, or Pickaway County, call the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm today. We will set up a free legal consultation to review your case and see what pretrial defense options are available to you. Call (513) 339-6289 or use our online contact form today.