WERE YOU ARRESTED FOR A DUI/OVI IN TOLEDO, OHIO? YOU NEED A SKILLED DUI DEFENSE LAWYER
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is prohibited by Ohio law. The laws permit prosecutors to pursue charges against anyone suspected of DUI for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). In Ohio, prosecutors take these cases very seriously. It must be made clear: there is no such thing as a minor drunk driving offense. A conviction for a DUI/OVI can come with very serious consequences. No matter the circumstances, defendants need professional legal guidance.
Conviction is not inevitable in a DUI case. At Groth & Associates, our highly experienced Toledo DUI defense attorneys are strong advocates for our clients. We firmly believe that everyone deserves their day in court. If you or your loved one was arrested for a DUI/OVI in Lucas County, Ohio, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today to schedule a fully confidential initial consultation.
UNDERSTANDING DUI/OVI LAWS IN OHIO
In Ohio, drunk driving charges are governed by Section 4511.19 of the Ohio Code. Under state law, it is a violation to drive while ‘under the influence’. A driver who is too impaired to drive should not be on the road under any circumstances. For most drivers, the maximum allowable BAC level is
0.08. If your blood alcohol concentration is higher than that, you could be arrested and charged with a DUI/OVI offense.
What is 0.08? It depends entirely on the driver. There are many different factors that affect how a person’s body will process alcohol. Some of the most notable factors include sex, weight, tolerance, genetics, and time. Though, in every case, 0.08 may arise from a relatively small amount of alcohol. Drivers should protect themselves and everyone else by finding another form of transportation when they are consuming alcohol.
The maximum allowable BAC level in Ohio is even lower for certain drivers. Specifically, drivers who operate commercial vehicles can be arrested and charged with a DUI/OVI if their BAC is at or above 0.04. Drivers who are under the age of 21 (below the legal drinking age) can be arrested and charged with a DUI/OVI if their BAC is at or above 0.02.
PENALTIES OF A DUI CONVICTION
Ohio law sets out many penalties for a convicted DUI offender that can be imposed by the courts or by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Some of these penalties can include the following:
- Expensive fines and court costs;
- Potential time in jail;
- The loss of your driver’s license;
- The mandatory installed of ignition interlock device on your vehicle; and
- Alcohol education courses.
In addition to the court-imposed penalties, a DUI can affect many other parts of your life. Losing your driver’s license can keep you from attending work or school. If your job requires you to drive, you will be unable to perform your job duties and may risk losing your position. Having a conviction on your record can also hurt future job prospects. On top of that, a DUI/OVI conviction is likely to lead to significantly higher auto insurance costs. In defending yourself against these criminal charges, the totality of the consequences must be considered. In the end, the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction can be serious and our DUI defense lawyers will strive to help you avoid such consequences whenever possible.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER
IF YOU HAVE A DUI OR OVI, CONTACT GROTH AND ASSOCIATES. THEY CAN HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE STEPS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN AND WILL NEGOTIATE A FAVORABLE DEAL WITH THE PROSECUTOR.
If you have been pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving in Toledo, it is important that you have a basic understanding of your legal rights. You need to take the proper steps to protect yourself. Many defendants unintentionally damage their own case by making serious mistakes in the hours and days following a traffic stop. When pulled over, you should keep the following five things in mind:
- You should stop your vehicle as quickly and as safely possible in the given situation.
- You should always remain polite and calm with the responding law enforcement officers. Do not get into an argument or try to present your case directly to them.
- You should not consent to a search of your vehicle. Law enforcement officers do not have the authority to search your car without probable cause or a warrant.
- You should always remain silent. If you are suspected of a DUI, do not try to talk yourself out of an arrest. You will not succeed. Much more likely, you will make statements that can be misinterpreted and used against you. There is no reason to make a statement or to make flippant comments.
- If you are arrested for a DUI, you should contact an experienced Toledo DUI defense lawyer immediately. Your Ohio criminal defense lawyer will make sure that all of your other legal rights are protected.
WORDS FROM OUR CLIENTS
Our experience with Attorney Stevin Groth was nothing short of life changing.ALFRED & JENNIFER
When we first contacted Mr. Groth, he gave us his cell phone number and we were able to directly contact him day or night. His knowledge of the Ohio judicial system was astounding. He handled all aspects of our case himself, never once handing off our case to jr. associates. Stevin had positive relationships with all the judges, district attorneys and court personal that we came in contact with. Stevin’s persuasive arguments on our son’s behalf cleared him of all charges. Because of Stevin’s abilities, our son is able to move forward with his life without the stigma of a criminal record. We could not recommend Stevin Groth more highly.
Dan is an amazing attorney. He had my divorce finalized in a short period of time. A lot quicker than I thought it was going to be and for that I’m thankful! Dan knew exactly what he was talking about. Any questions I had Dan, and his assistant, Michelle was glad to answer. The outcome of my divorce was exactly what I was hoping for.LAURIE
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Allison Lawrence is the best lawyer I have hired.she was attentive when I presented my case to her & knew exactly how to handle it.very professional person when it comes to her job,also a humanitarian.Allison has given me great advice in a free consultation,as well as stood by side in court with chargers pending,of course she got the charges dismissed!!Great attorney,very dependable.in need of a lawyer,I highly recommend Allison Lawrence.RONNIE
DEFENDING AGAINST DUI CHARGES
Defending a DUI/OVI charge can be complicated and challenging. There is no one correct legal defense strategy in these case: every drunk driving arrest is unique. You deserve a strong, fully personalized defense from a skilled Toledo DUI defense attorney.
In some cases, drivers are arrested on wholly false charges. These case should be fought back against aggressively. In other cases, law enforcement officers violate the rights of defendants during the arrest. The evidence that obtained may be invalid, tainted, or otherwise inadmissible. In other cases, the best way forward is to focus on reducing punishment. This includes keeping you out of jail and potentially saving your driver’s license. If you are facing DUI charges, a Toledo attorney can help by:
- Challenging the police officer’s account of the traffic stop and/or arrest;
- Challenging the accuracy of any blood or breath tests;
- Proving the traffic stop was in violation of your 4th Amendment rights;
- Demonstrating there is another reason why you displayed signs of drunkenness, such as a medical condition or fatigue.
Furthermore, a skilled Toledo DUI lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor to try to agree to a favorable plea bargain that will limit the consequences of a conviction. At Groth & Associates, we explore every possible way to limit the charges and penalties that you face for your conviction. Our Toledo criminal defense lawyers give every client the full and undivided attention that their case needs and deserves. Remember, prosecutors have the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We will thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding your arrest and formulate a defense strategy that is best suited for your specific situation.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED TOLEDO DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
If you were arrested for a DUI/OVI in Ohio, you need immediate legal assistance. DUI cases can be extremely serious and DUI offenders can face harsh penalties. It is critical to have a qualified and well-experienced Toledo lawyers on your side to help protect your rights.
At the Groth & Associates in Toledo, we have helped many clients facing DUI charges and can build an aggressive defense in your case. We will work tirelessly to protect your legal rights. If you have been arrested for DUI, please call us as soon as possible at 877-375-7001 as soon as you can