Legal Blog & Information

Can I Get Driving Privileges To Look For A Job?

The law in Ohio provides for limited driving privileges when you are under a suspension for a Columbus, Ohio DUI. You are eligible for privileges after any hard suspension time. This may be 15 or 30 days on a first time offense depending if you took a chemical test.  Once elligible, you can get privileges… read more

What’s the legal limit for an OVI in Ohio?

What is the “legal limit” in a Columbus, Ohio DUI/OVI case? Below, the (A)(1)(a) section says that if the officer believes you are under the influence of alcohol he can charge you with a DUI no matter what level of alcohol is in your system. There are, however, many prohibited amounts of alcohol listed in… read more

Can Refusing The Breath Test Be Used Against You?

If you refuse the test after a Columbus, Ohio DUI or OVI arrest, can it be used against you? Yes. The jury will be instructed that they may, but do not have to, consider the fact that you refused the breath test as evidence of guilt. However, your lawyer may be able to get a… read more

Facing A DUI And The Administrative License Suspension?

If you are charged with DUI in Columbus, Ohio,  you might also be suspended even before you go to court. This is an administrative license suspension or “ALS”. Before going to court is the best time to hire a lawyer. Your lawyer can examine your paperwork for errors and make the best objections possible in… read more

First Appearance!

You first appearance in a Columbus, Ohio DUI case is called the arraignment. This is where you will enter a plea of guilty, no contest, or not guilty. The rules also require that you or your Columbus DUI lawyer make any objections that are appropriate. In addition, your DUI lawyer can ask that certain relief… read more

How Long Does It Take To Get Evidence In An OVI Case?

People always ask me why it takes so long to get the evidence in a DUI or OVI case. It is evidence of a crime and not subject to public record. This means that your lawyer will have to file a motion for discovery in order to get a copy. The first pretrial appearance is… read more

OVI Administrative License Suspension

When you are pulled over for OVI you will most likely lose your license. The Officer will also most likely give you an administrative license suspension or ALS. This will be a 90 days suspension on a first offense if you test over the limit. If you refuse the test it is one year. You… read more

Can You Get My DUI / OVI Charge Reduced?

Half my clients want to know if I can make their Columbus DUI go away. The other half want to know if I can get them a deal. The most common deal offered is a reduction from to reckless operation. This usually requires that no aggravating facts exist. Things that can prevent a reduction are… read more

Did The Police Read You Your Rights?

Miranda warnings are important in a DUI case once you are being interrogated in custody. Interrogation is where the police ask you questions about your DUI like whether you were drinking, driving, drugs, time of operation, and being under the influence. Custody can apply to being back at the station in an interview room. Less… read more

What Constitutes One Drink?

The CDC publishes an online FAQ about alcohol on their website. The following is an excerpt from that page: What is a standard drink in the United States? A standard drink is equal to 13.7 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol or: 12-ounces of beer. 8-ounces of malt liquor. 5-ounces of wine. 1.5-ounces or a… read more