DUI Defense Lawyers
OVI/DUI Charges Can Be Fought
After an arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI), you will have to deal with both the criminal court and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). These cases can be more complex than criminal charges that are considered more serious, and a single misstep can result in you losing your driver’s license, not to mention fines and time behind bars. You can benefit from the immediate attention of an experienced OVI defense attorney.
Attorneys Who Truly Know Drunk Driving Defense
At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we have more than 100 years of collective experience fighting OVI charges, sometimes referred to as operating a vehicle impaired, driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). We are in a unique position to provide you effective representation, thanks not only to our knowledge of the law, but to our understanding of how arrests are handled by police officers in Columbus, Delaware, Mt. Gilead and throughout Ohio. We know the OVI process.
Attorney Saia and Attorney Piatt are certified in both administration and instruction of driving while intoxicated detection methods and field sobriety testing. Both provide consultation services and expert testimony on these issues. Attorney Saia is also a frequent speaker at drunk driving defense seminars statewide and a frequent contributor to the Ohio State Bar Association’s publication Law You Can Use in the area of OVI defense. Our entire team stays current with any changes in Ohio law that may have an impact on your drunk driving case.
Committed To Resolving Your Case Positively
Our lawyers are not afraid to take your case to court. We know that being convicted could have lasting effects on your life, including driver’s license suspension, fines and jail time. Count on us to challenge the evidence against you and work aggressively to reach a positive outcome in your drunk driving case, whether this is your first offense or you have been accused of OVI on multiple occasions and now face felony drunk driving.
Our experience also means we can handle unique drunk driving cases. We can represent people under 21 in cases of OVI while underage. We can also fight serious charges involving drunk driving that led to the injury of another person.
When are OVI arrests inadmissible in court?
An arrest may be thrown out if any of the following occurred during your traffic stop:
- If the officer illegally searched your car without your consent
- Absence of reasonable suspicion to make the stop
- Standard field sobriety tests improperly administered
- Failure to advise you of your right to refuse a chemical test
- Destruction of evidence
Some cases will allow us to review your toxicology report and the details surrounding the machine that measured your blood alcohol level. We may be able to point out any faulty readings and render them inadmissible to the court.
In addition, our team can conduct negotiations on your behalf to see if the prosecutor may agree to reduce your DUI charge to a less serious one. Charges like reckless operation or physical control of a vehicle while impaired carry less serious penalties than an OVI and may even be expugnable while an OVI is not.
Want to know more about OVI defense? See our frequently asked questions about drunk driving cases.
Step One: A Free Consultation
Your first step to fighting drunk driving charges is a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will provide your case with the care and attention it deserves, and put in the hard work necessary to get results. We know this may be your first brush with the law, so you can expect us to be by your side through all phases, ready to answer your questions and keep you updated. We encourage you to contact us today via email or calling 419-946-7876.