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In Ohio, an OVI, otherwise known as a DUI, stands for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are actually two types of OVIs. OVI impaired and OVI Per se.
An officer charges a person with an OVI impaired when in the officer’s subjective opinion the way the person is driving, the way they pull over, how they look, how they smell, what they say to the officer and how they perform on the roadside standardized field sobriety tests indicate that they are too impaired to operate a vehicle.
An officer charges a person with an OVI Per se when they submit to a breath test and the result is higher than 0.08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration), or tests above certain thresholds for either alcohol or drugs on a blood or urine test.
If you’ve been charged with an OVI / DUI, it is critical to know all of your legal rights and options. It can mean the difference in potentially avoiding an OVI conviction, which can make a significant impact on your life. It can also mean the difference in avoiding significant jail time, a lengthy license suspension and many other costly penalties associated with an OVI conviction.
For instance, field sobriety tests and breath tests are not infallible, and should not be considered as such. To find out more about these and other issues that arise during an OVI trial, click on any of the links to the right.
Click Here to see the OVI penalties in chart form (PDF).
With the help of an experienced, competent Columbus DUI defense attorney, you can be assured of understanding all of your legal rights and options and know that your rights will be protected. The criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates protects rights of people charged with an OVI / DUI on a daily basis and would be honored to do so for you. To contact us, either call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.