Do not ever feel as though you can't fight your DWI charges. It is a misconception that people must accept the consequences and plead guilty to driving under the influence. There are numerous possible defenses that can help you fight your DUI. With the legal assistance of a Columbus DUI defense attorney, you can work towards a positive outcome in your case.
You can be confident that our team of insightful OVI attorneys understands the laws and regulations surrounding your case and are prepared to advocate on your behalf. Let us put our legal knowledge and expertise to work for your future today!
An OVI is also known as operating a vehicle under the influence. This means the same thing as a DUI in other states and has been the term in the state of Ohio since 2004. If a person is behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has a BAC greater than 0.08, they can be charged with an OVI. Additionally, unlike a DUI, a person can be charged with an OVI even if they are not actually operating the vehicle. If they are simply sitting in a parked or idling car and are determined to be impaired, they can be charged.
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When Ohio DUI / OVI convictions occur within six years of each other, the minimum and maximum sentences increase.
There is a higher penalty for additional convictions of DUI / OVI as they are classified as felonies.
In addition to yellow license plates, ignition interlock devices, vehicle immobilization or forfeiture, and secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring (SCRAM), DUI / OVI sentences can include yellow license plates, ignition interlock devices.
Zach Meranda is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), giving him unique qualifications to handle DUI cases.
Attorney Meranda has the following OVI-specific certifications:
With these credentials, Attorney Meranda has a strategic firsthand knowledge in DWI detection and testing. He knows what officers should and should not do when conducting breath and field sobriety tests and can use this to benefit his clients' cases. You can have this edge in your fight against your DWI when you call on our firm for representation! We are ready to begin investigating your OVI case.
Recent enhancements to Ohio's DUI laws have increased the scope of this offense. Traditionally known as "driving under the influence (DUI)," the state now refers to such behavior as OVI, or "operating a vehicle impaired." These laws not only include the actual driving of a car while drunk, but also cover a wider range of motor vehicles, including golf carts, bicycles, and lawn mowers, and expand the definition of impaired to include being under the influence of either illicit or prescription drugs.
Our firm provides representation and counsel for the following type of charges:
A first-time OVI is a misdemeanor that can lead to several days in jail, enlistment in an alcohol education program, fines, driver's license suspension for up to three years, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Further convictions escalate these penalties, with a fourth conviction being considered a felony.
At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we understand that you may be feeling worried and concerned about how a DUI/OVI arrest will affect your life and impact your future. The good news is that you do not have to try to navigate this confusing and overwhelming time on your own! Our Columbus DUI lawyers are here to stand beside you and guide you through each and every step, ensuring your rights remain safeguarded along the way. When you hire our firm for your case, we actively seek to craft a compelling case on your behalf and minimize the potential consequences and penalties you are up against.
Don't sit back and accept the fate of a conviction! You can still fight your OVI/DUI charges and clear your name, especially with our team behind your case. Trust us to secure the favorable results you deserve!
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