Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can be one of the most overwhelming experiences of your life. If convicted, you may face the harsh effects of steep fines, jail times, a driver’s license suspension, and increased car insurance rates. Fortunately, a Grove City DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates can help improve your situation and ensure that you are treated fairly. We have over 10 years of experience building strong cases for clients in Grove City and surrounding areas who have been charged with a DUI.
Founded in 1852, Grove City is approximately 16.73 square miles and located in the southwestern part of Franklin County. It is admired for its small-town feel and short 10-minute drive to downtown Columbus. Although Grove City is booming with friendly faces and businesses, it is also a city where DUIs do arise.
DUIs in Ohio are known as operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Anyone charged with an OVI because they were caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) that exceeds .08 percent may have trouble landing a job and supporting themselves financially, earning trust from their loved ones, and maintaining a good reputation in their community.
What to Expect from a Grove City DUI Lawyer
When you are charged with a DUI, your future and freedom are at stake. Therefore, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to consult an experienced Grove City DUI lawyer immediately. Our attorneys have over a decade of experience defending DUI clients. Our understanding of how the other side thinks paired with our creative defense tactics can make it possible to get your penalties minimized or in some cases, get your case completely dismissed.
Questions You Should You Ask Your DUI Attorney
When you’re facing DUI charges in Grove City, there are a number of questions you should ask your attorney, including:
Do I have to appear at my arraignment?
Grove City DUI cases are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five business days from the date of your arrest. This is done so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension and regain your driving privileges.
If you retain the Columbus DUI defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend your initial court date. We enter a not guilty plea on your behalf at that time. We also request police reports and DVD footage of your stop as well as address your license suspension.
Can I get my license or driving privileges?
If you hire us to represent you for your Columbus DUI, we will be looking at BMV Form 2255 to see if there are errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension outright. If there are no errors on the 2255, we are able to request a stay of your license suspension, which would give you your license back while your case is pending.
Grove City Mayor’s Court generally permits stays of the administrative license suspension unless there is a fact pattern or an accident involved in the OVI case. We can appear on your behalf at the arraignment and request the stay for you if you become a Luftman, Heck & Associates client. You would then be forwarded two copies – one to take to the BMV and one to keep with you at all times while driving during the pendency of your case.
Lastly, if none of those options were available we would look to get you limited driving privileges, which would permit you to drive for work, school and medical-related purposes. Getting driving privileges in Grove City Mayor’s Court is not a difficult process when represented. You would be forwarded a blank copy of the limited driving privilege entry to fill out and return to us. We would then file it on your behalf; if granted, you would be forwarded two certified copies. You are required to keep the first copying your car at all times while driving and the other you should hold onto as a spare in case you lose the first.
Do I get to see the police reports?
In Grove City OVI cases, copies of all the police reports are generally received at the pre-trial date. We will always make copies of all reports received to give to our clients at that time to review. We prefer you to take the reports home, review them thoroughly, and then send an email to us with your thoughts about the reports, including any inconsistencies as well as your summary of exactly what happened.
Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?
All of the Grove City police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, so unless there is a malfunction there will be a DVD of your traffic stop. This DVD footage can be very helpful to us when evaluating the evidence against you. If the police reports are exaggerated, it will show on the DVD. It will also show whether the field sobriety tests were performed properly on you. Each of our Columbus DUI lawyers is certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests, and we are adept at looking for errors and mistakes that can help you. You will also receive a copy of the DVD for review.
What outcome can I expect with my Grove City Mayor’s Court DUI case?
If there are evidentiary issues, the prosecutor will potentially offer a reduction of your OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense such as a reckless operation or physical control while in Grove City Mayor’s Court.
It is possible that the prosecution will offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser charge if there are issues with the physical evidence in your case. However, sometimes it is necessary to apply more pressure if a reduction does not appear likely. It may be more advantageous to transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court.
In Franklin County Municipal Court, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. If that is what the case calls for, we will move in that direction. We have worked in both Grove City Mayor’s Court and Franklin County Municipal Court, and prosecutors know that we are ready and willing to fight on our clients’ behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for OVI cases.
Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf in Franklin County Municipal Court, we strive to negotiate an offer for a reduced charge to give you an option before the case moves to trial.
Your First Grove City DUI/OVI Offense
Even though a first-time OVI offense is a misdemeanor, it comes with serious consequences. You may pay a $1,000 fine, spend three days to six months in jail, be required to take a special DUI class, and lose your driving privileges.
You will likely begin the Ohio DUI court process at Grove City Mayor’s Court with a pre-trial and arraignment. During this time, a highly skilled Grove City DUI lawyer can advocate your rights and increase your chances of obtaining a positive case result.
How a Grove City DUI Lawyer Can Help
When you make the choice to hire a Grove City DUI lawyer, you can expect them to prepare an OVI defense strategy targeted towards reducing your charges or dismissing your case altogether. A Grove City DUI lawyer may challenge the way that the breathalyzer test was conducted. They may find that the test was improperly calibrated and resulted in an error.
They may also challenge BAC tests and point out a flaw in the way a police officer administered it. A field sobriety test may have been administered incorrectly or graded in a way that does not adhere to the guidelines by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Miranda rights are intended to remind police officers that individuals they arrest have the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present, and other constitutional rights. A Grove City DUI lawyer can challenge the arrest process if a police officer failed to recite these rights or denied you any of your constitutional rights.
Regardless of the defense strategies that an attorney uses, their main goal is to find mistakes that can help prevent a DUI conviction. The right defense strategy can make all the difference in your current life and future.
Seeking a Grove City DUI Lawyer? Call Luftman, Heck & Associates
To increase your chances of achieving a desirable outcome in your OVI case, be sure to consult a Grove City DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates as soon as possible. To contact us, either call at (614) 500-3836, or reach out online.