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What to Do When You’ve Been Pulled Over in Ohio
Being pulled over and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI) can be devastating, especially when one mistake can put so much weight on your future. It can cause you to lose your freedom, career, and reputation and put additional hardships on your shoulders should your license be revoked or suspended. At Cross Law Office, we understand what you are facing and our OVI defense lawyers in Noble County will always approach your case with compassion and understanding. We couple this empathy with an unrelenting and proactive defense strategy.
This is because Cross Law Office believes in our clients and works hard to build personalized legal solutions. Though OVI laws can be harsh in Ohio, our firm will stop at nothing when defending your rights, freedom, and license.
Contact us now at (740) 997-2004. We proudly serve residents of Noble, Morgan, Washington, Guernsey, and Belmont counties.
Steps to Take After Being Pulled Over for OVI
Section 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code states that you can be pulled over for drive with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of .08% or higher. If you are driving a commercial vehicle, you will be charged with OVI if your BAC is over .04% and underage motorists driving can also be charged with OVI if they are driving with a BAC of .02%. Additionally, the law sets thresholds for the concentration of alcohol found in urine of .11%. “Under the influence” isn’t just limited to alcohol, and you can be pulled over for having drugs, prescription medications, or a combination of drugs and alcohol, in your system.
In an OVI case, the prosecution must show evidence of impairment, including reckless driving, slurred speech, loss of balance, bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on the breath, and other common signs. This evidence is generally gathered through field sobriety testing, which can be flawed and often subject to the arresting officer’s discretion.
If you have been pulled over, remember the following:
- Be polite to the officer, but do not answer any question without a lawyer present
- Do not submit to field sobriety testing, which can be subjective and lead to evidence against you
- Do, however, submit to the chemical test after you have been arrested
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible
The officer who pulled you over will conduct tests, such as blood and breathalyzer tests, and forward this report to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), along with a request to suspend or revoke your license. It is important to act quickly to retain your right to drive – our attorneys are available, communicative, and well known for our skill and extensive training in this nuanced field of criminal defense law.
Commitment to Comprehensive Legal Advocacy
At Cross Law Office, we are dedicated to obtaining a dismissal, acquittal, or a reduction of your charges whenever possible, no matter what circumstance you find yourself in. Just a few examples of the areas where we have successfully defended our clients have included those dealing with:
- Protecting your driving privileges
- Releasing your vehicle from impound
- Filing motions to suppress evidence
- Defending commercial driving licenses
- Defending minor accused of OVI
- Challenging the breath alcohol content readings
- Challenging the police officer’s stop
- Challenging the field sobriety tests
- Arguing for a reduced charge or a penalty
- Setting aside a Plea of Guilty before sentencing
Accessible Legal Support
When you’ve been pulled over, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid accident self-incrimination and protect your rights. We are familiar and comfortable with OVI trials and will stand by your side throughout the entire legal process.
Call Cross Law Office today at (740) 997-2004 or contact us online for an initial consultation. Knowledgeable and reliable representation is just a phone call away.
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