A DUI/OVI conviction can and will bring about serious consequences that have the potential of following you throughout your life! You will face mandatory license suspensions, mandatory jail, and mandatory fine to just name a few. Most courts will, however, substitute a driving intervention program for jail time. But that is only worth three days of jail time credit! A first time offender with a high tier blood alcohol concentration (BAC of .17 or higher) is looking at a mandatory 6 days in jail!
To boot, DUI/OVI is considered an enhanceable offense in Ohio. For example, if you were previously convicted of a DUI/OVI and you are arrested again for a DUI/OV within 6 years of your previous DUI/OVI conviction, you will be charged with what is called an OVI 2nd in 6 years. If you are convicted of that OVI 2nd in 6 years, the penalties you are facing are increased (i.e. more jail time, longer license suspension, larger fine, yellow plates, interlock, immobilization of vehicle, etc.).
Along with facing stiffer penalties, you may be putting your career in jeopardy with a DUI/OVI conviction! This includes current and future careers as a DUI/OVI conviction stays on your record for life!
If you are a salesperson and drive a company car, you may get dropped because your company’s insurance provider won’t carry you with a DUI/OVI conviction. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License, you are not allowed to obtain driving privileges under your CDL and the state of Ohio will disqualify you of your CDL!
If you are required to travel internationally, some countries won’t allow you to enter their country with a DUI/OVI conviction. Our friend to the north, Canada, is one such country! That is correct, Canada will turn you around and send you straight back to the U.S.A.
Lastly, the financial costs to you for a DUI/OVI conviction can get up towards the $10,000 range or more! These costs include insurance rates going up, mandatory fines and court costs, attorney fees, reinstatement fees from the Ohio BMV, probation costs, driving intervention program costs, loss of work or demotion, etc. The list of direct and indirect costs can go on and on.
As you can tell, there is too much to risk by going it alone for a DUI/OVI charge!
DO NOT LET A DUI/OVI CONVICTION RUIN YOUR LIFE!
Do not take on these serious charges alone. Attorney Tom Kopacz of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues will assess all the evidence that will be used against you (i.e. Breath Tests, Field Sobriety Tests, Officer Observations, etc.), spot the weakness of the police officer’s and prosecutor’s case, formulate defenses in your favor, utilize the weakness in the prosecutor’s case and your defenses to negotiate a favorable outcome, and work to Minimize The Negative Consequences.