Drunk Driving And Ohio Law
In 2003, the state of Ohio passed a law making “operating a vehicle impaired,” or OVI, the legal term for what most people call a DUI. Regardless of the term you use for a drunk driving case, the consequences of a conviction are many, and they can have long-lasting effects on your life. Fighting a DUI charge is a wise decision.
At Halleck Law Office, attorney Peter T. Halleck has practiced law in Ohio since 1973. Today, he continues the law practice started by his father more than 60 years ago. He has witnessed the changes to OVI law for more than four decades. His long legal career, including a solid history of criminal defense work, also means he has the knowledge and experience to help you understand your OVI charge – and to help you fight it.
Three Good Reasons To Fight Your DUI Charge
If you face a drunk driving charge and you are unsure whether you should fight it, here are three good reasons why you should:
- Money: For a first-time OVI conviction, your fine will be between $375 and $1,075, along with a fee of $475 for your driver’s license reinstatement. A conviction for a second or subsequent drunk driving offense will lead to a sentence, including a mandatory Driver Intervention Program and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device. Furthermore, an OVI conviction will lead to a major increase in your insurance premium.
- Time: With a conviction based on a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, a judge may sentence you to jail for three days or require you to attend a driver intervention program. If your BAC was above .17%, your jail time may increase to six days along with mandatory participation in a driver intervention program.
- Driving privileges: A license suspension for six months to three years is mandatory for a first-time OUI/DUI conviction in Ohio. For subsequent convictions, the period of suspension will increase.
The consequences described here are not the only reasons to fight an OVI charge, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, but for most people, they are enough. Thankfully, Halleck Law Office, LLC, is available to help residents of Bowling Green and surrounding communities pursue more favorable outcomes, such as case dismissals, probation and other hopeful resolutions.
Get Started On Your Defense Today
Whether you are new to the community, a long-time resident of Wood County or a college student at Bowling Green State University, it is worth your time and effort to fight your DUI charge for your future’s sake.
By calling 419-419-5056 or emailing us, you can schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer and get started on your OVI defense.