Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI/DUI) carries a variety of penalties that will adversely affect your life, your family, and your future. The consequences of a conviction may include jail time, large fines, a criminal record, license suspension or revocation, mandatory treatment, special license plates or ignition interlock, and even forfeiture of your vehicle.
The penalties depend on the facts of your case, such as level of intoxication, prior offenses, or refusing the breath test. The jurisdiction and the judge who hears your case also have a bearing. With so much at stake, you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer who can forcefully assert your rights and influence the outcome in your favor.
OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) and DUI (driving under the influence) are interchangeable terms for impairment by alcohol or drugs. Douglas A. Ball, Attorney at Law, has experience with the full spectrum of charges:
OVI Per Se — Blood alcohol over the legal limit of .08
OVI-drugs — Impairment by drugs of abuse (marijuana, heroin, prescription narcotics, etc.) as defined by Ohio statute
High-tier OVI — High BAC, repeat offenses, child endangerment
Underage drivers — BAC of .02 or above or any level of drugs
CDL drivers — A lower threshold of .04 BAC
Driving under suspension (DUS)
Refusal to submit to testing (breath, blood or urine sample)
We appreciate the sensitive nature of a DUI/OVI charge. You may be embarrassed and wish the matter would simply disappear. However, don't let your feelings of discomfort deter you from hiring an attorney. Too often, people charged with a DUI will try to represent themselves in court, and that is a huge mistake. Facing these charges is never easy, which is why you should never go into a courtroom alone. Even if you win your criminal case, you can still be subject to driver's license suspension.
Having a DUI attorney on your side, especially an attorney who is trained in the same field sobriety tests for which the officers are trained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will mean that there is someone fighting to make sure your rights are respected. Doug Ball has had many successful cases in Clermont, Brown, Hamilton, and Warren counties. His familiarity with the judges in local jurisdictions is invaluable in determining the best approach to take. He also represents you in the parallel administrative proceedings to secure driving privileges.
As Batavia's premier DUI, OVI, and DUS team, we know that sometimes test results can be kept out of evidence. Often instruments have not been properly maintained or operated, or are simply prone to inaccurate results. Our team also keeps an eye out for improper procedures during and after the arrest.
Douglas A. Ball's extensive knowledge of DUI law includes the same field sobriety training as law enforcement, so he understands which testing procedures have problems that may undercut the results of your tests. Mr. Ball has a long record of invalidating improper test results in court. Before assuming that a test result is accurate, speak to an experienced DUI attorney.
When facing DUI/OVI or any criminal charges, Douglas A. Ball, Attorney at Law, should be your first call. Call us today, or simply contact us online to set up your FREE initial consultation of up to 30 minutes, in person or by telephone.