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Protect Your Future With Cincinnati OVI Defense Lawyers – We Can Be Your Shield

If you or someone you care about has been arrested for underage OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) in Cincinnati, the confusion and fear you’re feeling is completely natural. You might be worried about the immediate consequences and the long-term impact on your life. Your entire future may be at stake.

We can be your shield in the legal system. At Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, we understand the high stakes you’re facing. We are a team of proven criminal defense attorneys in Hamilton County with more than 200 years of collective experience. You can benefit from that experience as well as our hands-on service and unshakeable dedication to helping you overcome this challenge.

You deserve the hope and peace of mind that comes with having a tenacious legal team on your side. We can be the allies you need during this critical time.

What Is An Underage OVI Charge?

An OVUAC (Operating a Vehicle after Underage Consumption) charge in Ohio means that a young driver has been caught operating a vehicle with almost any trace of alcohol in their system. For those under the age of 21, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is significantly lower than for those of legal drinking age – .02% rather than .08%.

Underage OVIs can also involve substances, such as cannabis (marijuana), heroin, cocaine or even prescription drugs, that impair your driving. If you’re facing a drug possession charge in addition to an OVI, we can defend you against both.

What Are The Penalties For An OVUAC In Cincinnati?

Underage OVI penalties in Ohio can be significant. Here’s what you could be facing:

  • Possible jail time
  • Steep fines and court fees
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol education programs
  • Community service

What’s more, an underage OVI conviction can cast a long shadow over your future. OVI expungement isn’t possible in Ohio. A conviction on your record will be permanent. It could tarnish your education prospects, academic records and involvement in extracurricular activities. It can limit your opportunities for higher education, as many colleges and universities take your criminal records into account during the admissions process. Your scholarships and financial aid may be in jeopardy. Additionally, you may face hurdles in pursuing career paths such as those that involve driving, professional licensure or law enforcement.

Given these harsh potential consequences, it’s well worth the investment to work with a skilled defense team from the outset.

How Can A Cincinnati Underage OVI Lawyer Help You?

When you’re up against an underage OVI charge, you can count on us to help with all aspects of your case:

  • We will analyze the details of your arrest for any possible violations of your rights, such as a groundless traffic stop.
  • We will work diligently to challenge the evidence presented against you.
  • We can negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss the charges, leveraging weaknesses in their case and making a compelling case for why a reduction or dismissal would be appropriate.
  • We can present a compelling case for you at trial if your case progresses that far.
  • We can make strong arguments for more lenient sentencing in the event of a conviction.

We are very familiar with the intricacies of juvenile defense and the many nuances that go into charting the most strategic path forward.

A Message To Concerned Parents

As parents, learning that your child is facing an underage OVI charge can be incredibly stressful. You may be shouldering a whirlwind of emotions. You may be disappointed and fearful about their future. You’re concerned about their reputation, their education and their career prospects.

We get it. We’re not just lawyers; many of us are also parents. We’re committed to defending your child’s case with the same care and determination we would if they were our own.

Your Future Matters, And We Will Fight For It

If you’re facing an underage OVI charge, the right attorney can make all the difference. Now is the time to seek help. Reach out to our team today at 513-496-0134 and let us put our experience, our proven track record and our personalized approach to work for you.

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