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BEST DUI lawyer Akron Cleveland OhioIf you are facing serious charges related to drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you need the best DUI lawyer, DUI defense attorney in the area – James Burdon. The penalties for DUI, even a first-time offense, are severe. He has helped countless Ohio residents respond to serious drunk driving charges. James Burdon is an experienced trial attorney who has prepared and presented cases of DUI criminal defense at all levels of the state and federal courts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding DUI / OUI – Drink Driving Offense

BEST DUI lawyer Akron Cleveland OhioWhat is DUI or OUI? When do you need a DUI lawyer?


DUI is shorthand for “Driving Under the Influence.” It is also known as OVI which stands for “Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence.” A person is guilty of OVI if he or she operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any chemical or controlled substance to the extent that his or her mental faculties are impaired or when the operator’s blood alcohol level (BAC) exceeds .08 percent.  If facing a breathalyzer test, immediately contact James Burdon, Ohio DUI lawyer.

Breathalyzer, Blood, Urine & Sobriety Tests


One of the most frequently asked questions is do I have to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test? The answer is no you don’t, but refusal to submit to a test upon the request of a law enforcement officer is admissible in any criminal proceeding against you as evidence of your consciousness of guilt and may result in a one (1) year driving suspension.

DUI / OVI Penalties


The penalties for DUI are severe. Possible punishment depends on the level of your BAC and the number of DUI convictions you have had within the past six (6) years. The following chart outlines the penalties for DUI.

No. of Offenses
in 6 Years
Possible Jail
Time
Mandatory Jail
Time
Possible
Fine
License
Suspension
Driving Privileges
After
Restricted
Plates
1st 6 months 3 days $375 – $1,075 6 months to 3 years 15 days Optional
2nd 6 months 10 days $525 – $1,625 1 to 5 years 45 days Required
3rd up to 1 year 30 days $850 – $2,750 2 to 10 years 180 days Required
4th Offense
or more
FELONY OFFENSES

BEST DUI lawyer OhioYour license will be immediately suspended if you refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test upon request. If you agree to take the test, your license will be immediately suspended if you have an alcohol level of .08 or greater or .02 if you are at least 18 but less than 21 years old. Penalties are more severe, even if it is your first offense, if your alcohol level is .18 or higher.

Furthermore, your insurance company may discontinue your coverage or at the very least assign you to a high risk category resulting in a substantial increase in your premiums. In addition to the penalties listed above, the law provides for immobilization or seizure of your vehicle after multiple convictions of DUI.  If you’re facing DUI charges, contact Ohio DUI attorney, James Burdon, immediately.

Can I fight my DUI arrest?


James Burdon, DUI lawyer, Akron, Ohio has a comprehensive understanding of Ohio DUI law and an intimate knowledge of the courts and the legal system, results in the best possible outcome for his clients. He is successful in obtaining acquittals and reduced charges at and before trial. Even with cases involving unfavorable evidence, James Burdon has been successful in obtaining a minimum sentence.

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