Facing OVI / DUI Charges in Ohio?
Stay on the Road: The Mayer Law Firm Can Defend Your Rights in Court
In the state of Ohio, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. If you were arrested and charged with operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) or driving under the influence (DUI), then you need skilled legal assistance from a Mansfield criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers over 21 is 0.08 percent. For commercial drivers, the limit is 0.04 percent, and for drivers under the age of 21, it is just 0.02 percent. If you are convicted of driving while over the legal limit, you could face penalties including 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines for a first conviction. Subsequent convictions result in stricter penalties.
Can I refuse a DUI test?
A police officer may use a field sobriety test to determine whether you are driving while impaired. It is important to know that you are not legally required to submit to a field sobriety test. You can politely refuse and cannot be penalized for this.
There is, however, an implied consent law in this state, which means that if you are driving in Ohio the law considers that you legally "consent" to take a chemical test when asked to submit to one by an officer who suspects you of impaired driving. Unlike field sobriety tests, chemical tests measure the alcohol content in a sample of breath, blood, or urine obtained from the driver.
If you refuse to take a chemical test and cannot prove any special conditions or circumstances, you will face an automatic one-year license suspension for a first offense, two years for a second offense, and three years for a third offense. Most states have implied consent laws. An Ohio OVI lawyer can help you understand your rights and options when it comes to chemical DUI tests.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Columbus DUI Attorney
If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of OVI or DUI, then you need representation on your side with the ability to aggressively defend your case. I am Attorney James Mayer from The Mayer Law Firm and I have eighteen years of experience, including seven as a felony prosecutor. I've seen both sides of the courtroom when it comes to DUI cases, and I am prepared to defend your rights.
Your situation is important to me, and you can be sure that I will provide you with the representation that you need if you choose to work with me. Having participated in over 50 jury and / or bench trials, my extensive courtroom experience is a tremendous advantage to my clients that few other attorneys can match. Feel free to schedule a free case evaluation at my Mansfield or Columbus office. This allows you to obtain valuable advice and information regarding your situation before making any financial commitment to my office. Call The Mayer Law Firm today.
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