Google Search
Justia Law Firm Web Site Designs


DUI [called OVI in Ohio] is not always confined to driving while under the influence of alcohol.  It can include intoxication - as set forth by statute- by marijuana, narcotics, prescription drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.  Although alcohol is the most frequent culprit and most readily detectable, blood tests can be used to determine the existence of drugs in the body. A blood test does, however, require a magistrate or judge to sign a document permitting law enforcement to proceed.

What are the consequences of a DUI?
  •  A DUI carries stiff penalties.  Usually, a court will fine at least $500 for the first offense, and set forth a license suspension of six months.
  • The jail sentence can range from 3-180 days for a first offense.
  •  A DUI reinstatement with the BMV is over $400.
  • There is no sealing of records [expungement] for a DUI. 
  • For first time offenders with a CDL, your commercial license will be suspended for a year. You cannot petition a court for driving privileges in this case. 
  • A DUI incurs 6 points on your driving record.  Twelve (12) points will cause your license to be revoked.
  • Even for a first time offender, if you blow "high," your vehicle must be equipped with marked plates.
  • If you blow .17 or higher, the penalties are typically doubled.

It is best to take action immediately following the arrest and before arraignment by hiring a competent DUI lawyer.
  Although this is meant merely for informative purposes and does not constitute the formation of an attorney-client relationship, it should be noted that many criminal defense lawyers advise their clients to:
  • If stopped for a suspected DUI, politely decline to take a field sobriety or breathalyzer test.
  • Do not admit to consuming any drugs or alcohol.
  • Provide your name, license and proof of insurance, but do not answer questions, as this might indicate a slurred voice or the odor of alcoholic beverages.
  • Ask for an attorney if questioning persists.