Ohio OVI Overview
Do You Need a OVI Lawyer?
OVI is a highly complex area of the law that mixes statutes enacted by the legislature, administrative code regulations, standardized training protocols like field sobriety tests, and complex science that controls alcohol and drug testing by breath, blood, or urine.
An OVI conviction is like a diamond, it is forever. In Ohio it is strictly prohibited to have an OVI conviction expunged or to have your record sealed. The record of your conviction is public, accessible to anyone with a computer, and convictions, even for a first offense, can result in:
- - Suspension of your license for up to three years
- - Jail time (up to 180 days) Fines (up to $1075.00
- - Increased rates of (or cancellation of) auto insurance
- - Increased rates for life insurance
- - Extensive periods with absolutely no ability to legally drive
- - Restricted (yellow) plates, Ignition interlock (blow to drive) and consequently, loss of employment or difficulty getting a job.
- - Professional licensing problems
- - Restriction from traveling to Canada
There is no "set sentence" for first time OVI DUI offenders, only mandatory minimum sentences and penalties, more severe sentences and penalties can be and are imposed upon first offenders.
OVI Attorney Andrew Bucher can help...
Assess your legal situation
OVI Attorney Bucher can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. His practice is focused on defending OVI matters, he deals with them every day, and he knows the process inside and out - including options that a public defender may not tell you. He has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the best training from OVI experts across the country.
Explain the consequences
The OVI law is very complex and Attorney Bucher will be able to explain how it applies to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08 and .17, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for OVI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work, (6) appealing or totally getting rid of your license suspension, (7) the consequence of previous OVI convictions on your current case.
Manage the process
Dealing with the Ohio BMV and the Courts can be frustrating and time consuming. OVI Attorney Bucher can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at an Administrative License Suspension appeal hearing, and making other necessary arrangements to get you back on the road.
Represent you in court
OVI Attorney Bucher knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser offense, a more lenient sentence, a finding of not guilty, or outright dismissal of your charges for you if your situation allows for it.
Don't know if an OVI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
If the consequences of even a single lifetime OVI conviction concerns you.
No matter what you think about your case or what you believe the evidence to be, there is always a possibility of a better result. Attorney Bucher has received reductions, dismissals, or not guilty findings for his clients in many cases that seemed hopeless such as:
- 3rd offense in 6 years, .181 breath test, accident - case dismissed
- .315 breath test - case reduced
- accident, empty containers in the vehicle, admission of drinking, appearing to be impaired, found wandering in a field talking to a dog - found not guilty by the court
- prior conviction, motorcycle accident, admission to drinking, failed field sobriety tests - found not guilty by jury
- citizen complaint, erratic driving, failed field tests, blood test of .134, 2 prior convictions - reduced to non OVI charge
The above examples are just a few select cases. Attorney Bucher has represented clients in many cases with breath tests in excess of .08 reduced to non-ovi charges.
You might want to hire a OVI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or OVI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.