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Do I Need A Lawyer For A DUI/OVI In Ohio?

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Retaining an experienced lawyer who specializes in DUI/OVI cases is absolutely in your best interest after an arrest. A DUI/OVI conviction can carry heavy penalties, including jail time, expensive fines, a suspension of your driving privileges, and in some cases, the installation of an Interlock Ignition Device (IID) on your vehicle. Depending on the nature of the offense and whether it is a first or subsequent offense, jail time can range from three days to one year and cost up to $10,000 in fines. 

With so much at stake, it is not a good idea to risk these penalties by attempting to handle your charges alone. A DUI/OVI attorney can investigate the facts of your case and determine the best course of action for your defense. In many cases, this involves challenging the results of blood, urine, or breath tests.

The methods police use to test blood alcohol concentration (BAC) are prone to inaccuracies and are largely not reliable or scientifically accurate. Blood, breath, or urine tests that are not properly administered or which use ill-maintained equipment can result in a false positive, subjecting you to penalties you may not even deserve. An experienced lawyer can help protect your rights by questioning the validity of these tests, which are often not an accurate way to determine what an individual’s BAC was at the time that they were driving. Attorney Steven R. Adams of the Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC, is certified in all three types of breath testing machines. Having an attorney who understands how these machines work as well as their many shortcomings can potentially increase a person’s chances of success.

In addition, he is also a certified inspector of field testing. Field sobriety tests are another source of unreliable evidence. These tests are highly subjective and are not a viable way to check for DUI in any way, shape, or form. Many people feel as though these tests are designed to make people fail, and those that do are certainly not always under the influence. Problems with balance, illness, the condition of the pavement, and other factors can easily cause a person to stumble who is otherwise perfectly able to drive. An attorney who does not have experience in the area of DUI will be much less likely to provide an effective defense without fully understanding field sobriety testing procedures.   

An Ohio DUI/OVI lawyer can also fight for your driving privileges. A DUI/OVI conviction resulting in a suspended driver’s license is a major obstacle interfering with your ability to get to work, take your children to school, attend necessary medical appointments, and complete everyday errands. Working with an attorney can increase your chances of keeping your license so that you experience as little disruption to your life as possible.

Experience Matters

When faced with any legal matter, a skilled, experienced attorney can often make all of the difference to your case. While there are many excellent public defenders or low-cost attorneys, they often have very large caseloads and are highly overworked. By choosing to work with a lawyer who specializes in Ohio DUI/OVI cases, your case will receive greater attention and benefit from a more thorough investigation (the quality of the investigation is what usually makes or breaks a case). Additionally, you will be able to reach your attorney to speak about your case at any time. 

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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