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OVI / DUI Defense Attorneys in Hamilton, OH

Defense Attorneys for OVI / DUI and Drunk Driving Charges

(Note: Rather than refer to the offenses as DUIs, the state of Ohio currently refers to them as operating a vehicle while intoxicated – OVI – charges.) Driving under the influence (DUI) in Ohio is a very serious offense that can result in a person facing fines, jail time, and numerous other obstacles that interfere with career and education goals. If you are charged with a DUI in Ohio, it is important to speak with Kruger & Hodges’ experienced OVI / DUI defense attorneys who can help you create a strong legal defense.

OVI / DUI Law in Ohio

There are several ways that law enforcement in Ohio tends to pursue charges. First, driving with a blood alcohol content that is equal to or above .08% or above .02% if a person is under 21 years old or has a commercial driver’s license can result in a DUI charge. Second, driving a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in your system that causes you to drive in an impaired manner can result in a DUI charge. Third, driving with drugs in your system that impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle can result in a DUI charge.

Ohio House Bills 388 and 436, which created Annie’s Law, became effective in 2017 and significantly changed DUI law in the state. First, when considering whether a DUI is a repeat offense, there is now a longer lookback period. Second, this law resulted in more ignition interlock devices being used as a result of DUI charges.

Defense for Drunk Driving Charges

Seasoned OVI / DUI defense attorneys are able to determine the strongest defense in your case. Some of the defenses that can be raised for individuals who are charged with DUI offenses include:

  • Blood and Urine Tests: If the urine or blood tests that were conducted in a DUI case were not properly collected or handled, there is a likelihood that a driver will be able to raise a strong defense.
  • Breathalyzer Results: If the breathalyzer that was used to obtain blood alcohol content data was not properly calibrated, a person can likely raise a strong defense that these results should be deemed invalid as evidence.
  • Field sobriety tests: If the law enforcement officer who conducted the field sobriety test was not properly trained or made any type of mistake, the results could potentially be thrown out by the court as evidence.
  • Fourth Amendment violations: Law enforcement is required to have reasonable suspicion that a driver committed an offense before pulling him or her over. If law enforcement lacks reasonable suspicion, there is the potential that they violated your Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Video reports: If a video fails to show the field sobriety test or suggests something other than what law enforcement claims, a person might be able to create a successful defense to a DUI charge.

Penalties for Drunk Driving Convictions in Ohio

The penalties that a motorist can expect after a DUI conviction depends on whether the motorist is a first-time offender or has a record of prior DUIs. Many times, first-time DUI charges are classified as first-degree misdemeanors that result in a penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Some of the other penalties that a motorist might end up facing include community service, ignition interlocks, license suspension, and probation. Being convicted of a second or repeat DUI can result in jail time. All motorists who are convicted of a DUI can also expect their insurance rate to increase.

Speak with Kruger & Hodges’ OVI / DUI Defense Attorneys

If you are charged with OVI / DUI or drunk driving in Ohio, it is critical to immediately speak with our OVI / DUI defense attorneys. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule an initial free consultation.

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