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The Differences Between Reckless Operation and Physical Control

Jessica-Fallon[3]-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngIn some situations, your OVI attorney may be able to negotiate a "reduction" of an OVI offense. A "reduction" means that the prosecutor is willing to amend the OVI charge filed against you to something less serious than an OVI. Generally speaking, there are two types of reductions common in OVI cases: Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence. It is important to understand the difference between these offenses before you decide whether or not to accept such a plea agreement. 

The Differences Between Reckless Operation and Physical Control

A Reckless Operation is a misdemeanor traffic offense that carries four (4) points against your Ohio Driver's License. Reckless Operation covers a whole host of traffic mishaps, from driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit to striking an inanimate object. What Reckless Operation is not associated with, is drugs or alcohol. There are no mandatory penalties associated with a Reckless Operation conviction. However, should your license be suspended by the court for a Reckless Operation conviction, the reinstatement fee which must be paid to the BMV at the conclusion of your suspension is $40.00.

Jessica-Fallon[3]-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngIn some situations, your OVI attorney may be able to negotiate a "reduction" of an OVI offense. A "reduction" means that the prosecutor is willing to amend the OVI charge filed against you to something less serious than an OVI. Generally speaking, there are two types of reductions common in OVI cases: Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence. It is important to understand the difference between these offenses before you decide whether or not to accept such a plea agreement. 

Attorney Saia Gives Presentation on the Process of Handling OVI Cases

IMG_3454[3]-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngColumbus Defense Attorney Jon J. Saia recently provided members of theCentral Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (COACDL) with an informative overview of the various steps involved in handling OVI cases. His presentation, which he gave on May 28, 2014, was called "Handling an OVI Case - From Start to Finish." 

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