DUI or Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI)
Commonly referred to as driving under the influence (DUI), Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI), as it is legally called in Ohio, has serious consequences, including license suspension, fines, and/or imprisonment. OVI cases can be complex and confusing. For example, if you are arrested for OVI, in addition to facing criminal charges, you are very likely to face administrative charges that involve an entirely different set of procedures and consequences.
A defendant who is convicted of OVI through criminal proceedings faces harsh penalties, ranging from mandatory jail time (or a rehab program) for first time offenders to special license plates and vehicle forfeiture for repeat offenders. Moreover, a OVI conviction leads to other harsh financial and social consequences.
Administrative charges, on the other hand, are pursued when OVI test results equal or exceed .08% blood-alcohol content or if the driver has refused to submit to testing. An unfavorable judgment can lead to suspension, revocation, or denial of your driver's license or Ohio driving privileges temporarily or indefinitely.
If you are facing OVI charges, it is very important that you contact Attorney Samuel B. Weiner right away! Depending upon your specific circumstances, the firm may be able to establish a program to reduce your charges and/or maintain your drivers' license. The legal team at Samuel B. Weiner Co., L.P.A. will see you through these dual complex proceedings and implement a defense strategy to secure the best possible results for your situation.