A DUI conviction, also known as an OVI in Ohio, can have potentially life-changing effects. If you have been charged with an OVI in Columbus or any surrounding cities like Grandview Heights, a Grandview Heights DUI Lawyer from LHA may best be able to represent your case.
Located in Franklin County is Grandview Heights. Bordering central downtown Columbus and the main campus of Ohio State University, Grandview Heights is an urban area in terms of student population. Unfortunately, OSU students and residents are pulled over and arrested for an OVI frequently.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we have helped many students facing a Grandview Heights OVI / DUI charge as seen in this Ohio DUI case success.
What to Expect from a Grandview Heights DUI Lawyer
Within five business days of your Columbus DUI arrest, you will be required to file and schedule for arraignment. Without the right defense team by your side, your driving privileges can be on the line. Your Ohio driver’s license could be suspended. However, the right criminal defense team can defend your rights and protect your future following a DUI conviction. You could be facing license suspension, community service hours, mandatory alcohol or drug treatment, jail time and fines.
AT LUFTMAN, HECK & ASSOCIATES, OUR GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS DUI DEFENSE LAWYERS CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING AFTER A DUI CHARGE:
- Staying out of jail
- Terminating or lessening your license suspension
- Restoring your driving privileges
- Avoid an OVI conviction
Typical reductions in OVI / DUI cases include lesser offenses such as reckless operation or physical control. For DUI offenses involving marijuana or drugs, our Grandview Heights DUI lawyers may also help get your drug conviction off your record.
What You Should Ask Your DUI Attorney
When you’ve been charged with a DUI, it’s important to ask your lawyer the following questions:
Do I have to appear at my arraignment?
Grandview Heights DUI cases are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five business days from the date of your arrest so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension. You’re likely worried about your driving privileges and how this will impact your day-to-day life. If you retain Luftman, Heck & Associates’ Columbus OVI defense team to represent you on your Grandview Heights’ DUI case, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend the initial court date. At that time, we typically enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, request any police reports and DVD footage of your traffic stop, and address the issue of your driver’s license suspension.
Can I keep my license or driving privileges?
The first thing we do when a client hires us on a Grandview Heights OVI case is look at BMV Form 2255. If there are errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension, we will fight to have your license reinstated. If there aren’t any errors on the form, we may be able to request a stay of your license. This would give you your full license back while your case is pending, and you would go to the BMV to get your license back.
Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court can be a tough court to work in, but we have experience handling cases here for over a decade. Generally, the court will permit stays of the administrative license suspension, provided that the OVI didn’t involve an accident or that you aren’t a repeat offender. If you hire us, we can appear on your behalf at the arraignment and request the stay for you. If it is granted, you will be forwarded two copies. One of these you would take to the BMV, while the other one is to be kept with you at all times that you are driving until your case is heard.
If these options aren’t available, our Columbus DUI attorneys can fight to get you limited driving privileges, which would permit you to drive for work, school, and medical reasons. When represented, this is not a difficult process. Typically, it involves filling out a copy of the limited driving privileges entry, which we would then file on your behalf. If granted, you will be forwarded two certified copies – one of which you will keep in your car at all times while driving and a spare in case you lose the first.
Who is the prosecutor?
David Beck is the prosecuting attorney for Grandview Mayor’s Court DUI cases. He has prosecuted OVI, criminal and traffic cases for the City of Columbus and Grandview Heights for over 40 years. He will be prosecuting your case from arraignment on, and usually will prosecute the case only if it stays in Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court.
Do I get to see the police reports?
When you become a Luftman Heck client, we ensure that you are up-to-date on the status of your case. This includes making copies of all reports we receive to give to you for your review. We ask that you take these reports home, review them thoroughly, and send us an email with your thoughts about the reports, including any inconsistencies and your summary of exactly what happened.
Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?
All of the Grandview Heights police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, and you will be provided with a copy for your review. The DVD is often very helpful to us. If the police reports are exaggerated or if the field sobriety tests are improperly given to you, it will show on the DVD. All of our Columbus DUI attorneys are certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests, and we know the mistakes to look for.
What outcome can I expect with my Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court OVI case?
If there are issues with the physical evidence, the Grandview Heights prosecutor may offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser offense, like reckless operation or physical control. However, sometimes it is necessary to apply more pressure if a reduction does not seem likely. We can fight to have your case transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court, where it will again go through the OVI court process.
In Franklin County Municipal Court, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf in Franklin County Municipal Court, we will continue to negotiate an offer to a reduced charge to give you an option before litigating the case.
Your First Grandview Heights DUI /OVI Offense
You could be facing charges with a Grandview Heights DUI if you blew a BAC above the legal limit after an officer noticed signs of impairment or other unusual behaviors while you were driving.
The Grandview Heights DUI attorneys with Luftman, Heck & Associates understands how an OVI or DUI can impact a person’s life. The first time you are arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Ohio, you will receive an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) of 90 days and up to $1000 in fines.
If your first DUI offense was committed in Fairfield County or the surrounding Columbus area, you will be charged under the Columbus City Code.
How a Grandview Heights DUI Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve been charged with an OVI / DUI in Grandview Heights, you may be wondering how your future and driving privileges could be at risk. Find your answers with Luftman, Heck & Associates. We’ve spent years working DUI / OVI cases in the Ohio courts – including the Grandview Height’s Mayor’s Court where OVI cases are prosecuted. Our team understands what is at stake for you and your future. We will use the right arguments and negotiation tactics that could get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If you are facing a DUI conviction, don’t delay in contacting one of our Grandview Heights DUI lawyers today.
Need a Grandview Heights DUI Lawyer? Contact Us Today
With the help from the right Grandview Heights DUI lawyer, 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 at (614) 500-3836, or reach out online.