Ohio OVI Defense Attorneys
A conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) carries with it criminal punishment and many collateral consequences. If you have been charged with OVI, take immediate steps to begin protecting your rights.
At the law firm of Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, our Ohio OVI defense lawyers are ready to put their more than 200 years of combined experience to work for you. With a strong history of success in OVI cases, and a founding member of the National DUI College who is trained in field sobriety testing, our team has what it takes to create a thorough defense in your case.
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Breathalyzer Tests, Blood Tests and Urine Samples
Most people understand that they will be charged with OVI if they blow a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. However, you can also be charged with OVI if you are found to have exceeded the following through tests other than the Breathalyzer:
- .11 of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine
- .17 of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in the person’s blood
- .17 of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per 210 liters of the person’s breath
- .238 of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per 100 milliliters of the person’s urine
It is important to note that you can be charged with OVI while drunk or while under the influence of drugs.
Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentences and Other Penalties
Formerly known as DUI, or driving under the influence, a conviction for OVI brings with it:
- Mandatory minimum jail sentences
- Expensive fines
- Driver’s license suspension
- Treatment classes
These penalties increase if you are being charged with a second or subsequent OVI offense, if you have a BAC of .17 or higher, or if you refused a breath alcohol test. We will put forth an aggressive defense aimed at challenging the Breathalyzer, any field sobriety tests and any other evidence the prosecution may have against you. In almost every case, we request a suppression hearing in an attempt to have illegally or erroneously obtained evidence thrown out. Even if the suppression hearing is unsuccessful, it helps us prepare the case for trial and often helps us minimize the consequences you are facing. We will do everything we can to minimize the consequences you are facing.
Contact Our Cincinnati OVI Defense Attorneys Today
The best chance we have at representing you comes when you are first arrested or charged with OVI. Contact our criminal defense law firm online or call us at 513-496-0134 to schedule your confidential consultation today.