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Arrested for OVI over the holiday? Act now to save your license.

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Ohio, your driving privileges are at immediate risk. You may know that your driver’s license can be suspended if you are convicted, but many people don’t realize that an administrative license suspension, or ALS, is put in place right away.

Annie's Law is now in effect

Annie's Law, which was passed into law in January, went into effect in April. It's goal is to keep drunk drivers off the streets of Ohio. This law will impact how people convicted of drinking and driving are punished. 

Jon Saia instructs OVI standardized field sobriety test course

Jon Saia, along with Robert La Pier and Ken Bossin, recently led a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test course in Cleveland, Ohio. Saia instructed students on the proper way to perform roadside field sobriety testing, an essential skill for attorneys practicing OVI/DWI defense. The course is the same one taken by law enforcement officers. Saia has been certified to train students in DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing since 2005 and has helped many attorneys across Ohio sharpen their skills through these courses. With his training, he has also given expert testimony in OVI cases regarding field sobriety testing and procedures.

You can get an OVI even if you were legally prescribed medication

The state of Ohio takes a dim view of those who operate motor vehicles while drunk or under the influence of any drug. Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) charges can have serious, long-lasting repercussions for drivers in Ohio. You could face fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Some people are mistakenly under the impression that drugs that a doctor prescribed are not subject to OVI enforcement. That misconception can result in you facing serious criminal charges. In the state of Ohio, you can face OVI charges and a conviction for an OVI even for legal prescription drugs.

Driving while drugged in Ohio

When people think of driving while under the influence, the first thing to come to mind is usually alcohol. While alcohol is still the most common intoxicant in intoxicated driving cases, these is a rising trend that is causing lots of people large amounts of concern: driving while drugged.

Don't let your St. Patrick's Day celebrating lead to a OVI

For many people, St. Patrick's Day is a time for celebration - whether they have Irish ancestry or not. This celebrating often includes drinking alcohol, as it is the fourth most popular drinking holiday in the U.S., behind New Year's Eve, Christmas and Independence Day.

Heightened DUI/OVI Patrols This Fourth Of July Weekend

Saia_Logo-ffccccccWhite.pngJuly 4th weekend is right around the corner and while the rest of us are planning to partake in some summer fun over the long weekend, law enforcement agencies are heightening their vigilance on roadways throughout Ohio. As with other holiday weekends, this one will come with a spike of drivers on the road who recently consumed alcohol and could be exposed to possible OVI charges.

Ohio's Implied Consent Warnings May Be Unconstitutional

Saia_Logo-ffccccccWhite.pngAfter hearing oral arguments on April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a landmark (in the OVI world) decision today in the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota, et al. The question posed to the Court was whether a blood or breath test can be taken without a warrant and if a warrant is not required, whether an individual can be charged with a crime for refusing to take a chemical test. Currently 13 states criminalize certain refusals, including Ohio.

Judicial Release - Who Qualifies?

If you have a friend or relative who has been incarcerated, you want them home as soon as possible. Judicial Release is one way in which an incarcerated individual may be able to come home early.

Increased OVI/DUI Vigilance Expected Through Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend 2016 is right around the corner. While that means many of us are planning BBQs and backyard celebrations, local law enforcement agencies are preparing for something else: an increase in possible drunk drivers on the road. Every year, Columbus and surrounding areas see increased vigilance from police agencies ready to crackdown on OVI/DUI offenders.

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