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How Can An Attorney Help After A DUI Arrest In Ohio?

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DUI laws and regulations in Ohio are constantly changing. Your future can depend on your ability to understand and interpret the current system, your rights and obligations. It is critical to hire an attorney to defend your case who regularly represents DUI clients and is well-versed in the local laws. They can advocate for a reduction of charges and, at the very minimum, aid you with administrative duties. A seasoned DUI attorney can help you to obtain occupational or limited driving privileges for employment, medical requirements, child care and other personal needs. 

If you’re convicted of DUI, an attorney can orchestrate the fine administrative details so you can fulfill your legal obligations. For example, if you need to attend an alcohol education program, your lawyer may be able to assist with scheduling and tell you what to expect. Similarly, if you are required to pay fines, they can help structure a payment plan. Long after your case is over with, they can continue to provide guidance to you until everything is finished. 

How To Find A Skilled Attorney 

It’s important you find an attorney you trust to represent you for your DUI case. A qualified DUI defense attorney should: 

  1. Know the laws in your jurisdiction and understand the nuances between area, state and federal laws
  2. Understand the differences between breath test machines and the regulations surrounding their maintenance
  3. Retain positive online reviews or, if they don’t have an online presence, be a referral from a trusted source

You don’t need to work with the first attorney you find online. While you need to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible, you need to be careful with whom you hire to save yourself time and money later. If at all possible, it can be wise to meet with a few attorneys and ask them about your case and how they work with clients. 

You don’t need to necessarily work with an attorney who is only portrayed as a “bulldog” or a “fighter.” Find the one who is right for you. You want someone who will listen to the details of your story and identify a variety of solutions that could help. It’s your attorney’s job to strategize with you about how to respond to your situation, not only to have a dominating presence in the courtroom. 

How A Lawyer Can Protect You

In many cases, DUI stops and arrests are riddled with mistakes that can only be identified by a seasoned attorney. Common DUI defenses attorneys raise include: 

  • Unlawful stop
  • Unlawful arrest
  • Failure to properly administer chemical tests
  • Failure to properly calibrate or maintain testing devices
  • Violation of Miranda Rights 

A lawyer can review your case to determine if any of these defenses apply to your situation. From there, they can guide you through the legal process and fight for the best possible outcome.

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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