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What is a high-functioning alcoholic?

When thinking about alcoholism, most people imagine a person without a home, job, or family that has lost everything to his or her addiction. However, this is not true for the vast majority of alcoholics. A high-functioning alcoholic is a person who is able to keep life together for the most part while also abusing alcohol. It's crucial that you're able to recognize the signs of alcoholism so that you or your loved one can seek out assistance before devastating consequences occur.

What happens after being charged with an OVI?

With Independence Day right around the corner, many people in Ohio are getting ready to join in the festivities with friends and family. Most holiday parties involve alcohol, and it's important for all those who plan on driving to and from events to understand what can happen if they are caught and charged with operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). Very Well Mind explains a few of the many consequences of OVI. 

Alcohol affects people differently

There are many factors that affect how someone absorbs alcohol, and it is important to understand what they are to avoid getting an OVI in Ohio. Even drinkers of the same size and gender can metabolize alcohol differently, which can make it difficult to determine when someone has had too much to drink to get behind the wheel.

Refusing a breathalyzer can result in jail time

Many Ohio residents begin planning picnics, trips to the beach and tailgate parties as Spring days become longer and warmer. Gatherings of this type frequently include alcohol. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we often represent clients arrested for operating under the influence (OVI).

Can I drink alcohol in a self-driving car?

Self-driving or autonomous vehicles are touted as a solution to the safety issues caused by human error when operating a vehicle. Depending on the type of vehicle and its capabilities, some people even wonder whether automated vehicles will solve the problem of drunk driving. Getting an answer to this question requires an understanding of different types of self-driving vehicles.

What is the difference between a DUI and an OVI?

You hear a lot of phrases used to describe drunk driving violations. While driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are quite common in many states, Ohio uses the phrase operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). The Ohio State Bar Association explains the reasoning behind this, as well as other facets of OVI law and arrests.

Disputing field sobriety test results

Operating a vehicle intoxicated is against the law in Ohio. If law enforcement pulls you over and requests that you take a field sobriety test, you can refuse. Unfortunately, the consequences of declining may include spending the night in jail. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc, we have experience representing clients who challenge the results of these tests.

How could a sobriety checkpoint affect you this holiday season?

‘Tis the season for family, friends, celebrations and - drunk driving charges? As you know, many Ohio residents include alcohol in their festivities during the holidays. Law enforcement is also aware of this, and takes steps during key holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, to catch drunk drivers before they can cause an accident.

Saia & Piatt selected as a Best Law Firm for Columbus OVI defense

We are pleased to announce that U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have selected The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., to their list of 2019 “Best Law Firms” in the category of Columbus, Ohio, DUI/DWI defense.

Problems with field sobriety tests

Have you been arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense in Ohio? If so, you are no doubt interested in learning as much as you can about your options to defend yourself against this charge. One of the things you should know is that the three roadside tests used by law enforcement officers before your arrest, called field sobriety tests, each have a defined rate of inaccuracy. Your health may even be a reason that you could not satisfactorily pass one, two or all three of these tests.

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