DUI Defense Lawyer Columbus
Also see: Underage Drinking Defense ➔
People often fail to understand just what a profound impact a DUI can have. In addition to mandatory jail time and fines, a DUI can affect:
What if I am stopped for DUI suspicion, what should I do?
Respect the police officers. Be courteous and compliant.
The tests given by an officer who suspects a driver to be under the influence are subjective at best. They are designed to challenge even those who are strictly sober, and athletic in the best of conditions. Most are administered under challenging conditions including; foul or Inclement weather, dangerous or uneven surfaces, no clearly marked straight lines, near passing or moving traffic, low or poor lighting, loose gravel, broken glass or other refuse, etc. A motorist can do 8 things right & 2 things wrong and fail the test. It is an unfair, arbitrary, unilateral "one size fits all" test, often administered in a way to ensure you are at a disadvantage. You are not required to take this test in hazardous conditions.
For DUI cases, there is a 6-year lookback. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI 6 years ago and were arrested in connection with the same charge today, today's DUI would be considered your 2nd offense.
Should I refuse the Breathalyzer or field sobriety test?
If you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test (blow), submit blood for analysis or take the field sobriety test, the court is permitted to to add up to 10 days to your jail sentence. However, you have the right not to self-incriminate. Given the severity and long lasting consequences that affect your driving privileges, your employment and insurance rates, it can be a minor inconvenience.
Should I plead "Guilty" or "No Contest"?
It doesn't matter if this is your first offense or if you have been convicted of an OVI or DUI previously. If you walk into court and plead "guilty" or "no contest" to your charges, you will immediately:
Attempting to fight DUI charges on your own or pleading no contest will cost you far more in the long run. Hiring a proven DUI lawyer will save you money.
This is not my first DUI, now what?
As a DUI lawyer, I take forceful action to make the charges disappear. I will investigate all aspects of your case to determine whether the police followed the law when they stopped you and administered the field sobriety test. DUI convictions mandate minimum jail time; first offense (3 days), second offense (10 days) and third offense (30 days).