OVI charges are an extremely serious matter. If you are facing charges of driving under the influence, you need a proven OVI lawyer to protect your rights. Hiltner Law can pair you with an OVI attorney who will give you the strong legal defense you need to face your charges.
OVI convictions often lead to clients facing serious consequences. The punishments can include fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, unemployment, loss of housing or schooling, and many more life-altering penalties. Hiltner Law offers immense experience with OVI cases and criminal defense, so we can give you effective legal advice throughout the legal process. We are a law firm that works to ensure the protection of our clients’ futures.
Max Hiltner is an Akron OVI lawyer who has worked on many DUI/OVI cases. He has an unmatched understanding of Ohio OVI law. Furthermore, he has significant experience in navigating courts at both the state and federal levels. Each DUI case is different and carries many unique details. Hiltner Law analyzes each case to ensure the collection of all valuable information. As a result, we have been consistently successful in getting minimal sentences in cases which present damaging evidence.
Hiring a proven OVI lawyer from Hiltner Law can protect you from conviction and serious punishment. OVI charges can pose significant penalties even on your first offense. Therefore, hiring a reliable OVI lawyer is absolutely necessary. Facing these charges is certainly a challenge. However, Hiltner Law’s team of expert attorneys will be by your side at every step of the way. We will valuable legal counsel while working towards minimizing the charges you are facing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING DUIs and OVIs
WHAT IS AN OVI? WHEN DO YOU NEED AN OVI LAWYER?
OVI stands for “Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence.” OVI charges arise if a person operates a vehicle under the influence of drugs or is over the legal limit of blood-alcohol content (BAC). This includes any chemical or substance which impairs mental faculties. Exhibiting any of these characteristics during a traffic stop will lead to field sobriety tests and an OVI charge. If you are facing a breathalyzer test, contact an OVI lawyer as soon as possible.
Breathalyzer, Blood, Urine & Sobriety Tests
One of the most common inquiries we receive is whether you are required to submit a breath, urine or blood sobriety test. The answer is no. However, refusing to submit a test at the request of an officer can be used against you as evidence in court. It may also result in a one-year suspension of your driver’s license.
DUI / OVI Penalties
OVI penalties are often quite serious. The punishment will vary depending on your BAC and the number of OVI convictions you have from the prior 6 years. The following chart outlines OVI penalties:
|No. of Offenses
in 6 Years
|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|
Upon refusal to take a breath, blood or urine test at an officer’s request, you will receive an immediate license suspension. If you agree to submit a test with a BAC of .08 or greater, you will receive a license suspension. If you are under 21 years old, a BAC of .02 or higher will result in suspension. In circumstances where BAC reaches .18 or higher, punishments can be much more severe even on a first offense.
Your insurance company may also decide to end coverage or place you in a high-risk category. This will result in a large increase to your insurance premiums. Furthermore, in cases with multiple prior OVI convictions, the law allows for the seizure or immobilization of your vehicle.
If you are facing an OVI charge and want to avoid or minimize these penalties, contact Hiltner Law to pair up with a proven OVI lawyer today.
CAN YOU FIGHT YOUR OVI ARREST?
Maxwell Hiltner offers substantial experience with Ohio’s OVI law and a thorough understanding of the courts and legal systems at the state and federal levels. We work tirelessly to get the best possible outcomes for our clients. Hiltner has a successful history in receiving reduced charges and acquittals. Some of these acquittals occur before trial! Furthermore, Hiltner Law has received minimum sentences even in cases involving unfavorable evidence against a client.
If you are facing OVI charges in Ohio, do not hesitate to contact Hiltner Law. We will use our knowledge of DUI laws to help you protect your rights and receive a favorable sentence.