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If you’ve been arrested and charged for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) in Ohio, often called a DUI or DWI, you may think your situation is hopeless. When the prosecutor’s case includes incriminating chemical test results and the arresting officer’s testimony, it may seem like there is no way to refute the charges. But with a skilled Columbus DUI defense attorney by your side, you have a good chance of having the charges reduced or dismissed.

We’ve received the following awards because of our in-depth understanding of DUI laws and exceptional client service:

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What to Do If You’re Arrested for OVI / DUI in Ohio

If you’re pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be questioned, arrested, detained, and forced to appear in court. However, even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit in Ohio, you have rights.

You should immediately:

  • Remain silent – Do not give an oral or written statement or sign anything until your Columbus DUI attorney is present.
  • Ask for an Attorney – Make sure the police know that you want an attorney. They should not continue to question you until your Columbus DUI lawyer arrives.

You have other optional rights as well, including the right to:

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  • Refuse a chemical test – You may refuse a breathalyzer, urine, and/or blood test if the police do not have a warrant. However, if you refuse, you will face an administrative license suspension. A Columbus DUI attorney may be able to help you regain driving privileges for school and work if your license is suspended.
  • Refuse to answer incriminating questions – You do not have to answer questions from the officer such as “How much have you had to drink?” You must provide basic information, including your name, driver’s license, and car insurance to the officer.

DUI Charges in Ohio

Your Columbus DUI lawyer will review the prosecutor’s evidence and ask for your side of the story. It may be necessary to perform additional investigative work, seek witnesses, or even hire an expert to testify. Even if the evidence seems difficult to overcome, a skilled DUI attorney can help you defend your rights and minimize consequences in your specific situation.

Know your rights if you face any of the following:

  • First OVI / DUI
  • Second OVI / DUI
  • Third OVI / DUI
  • Fourth OVI / DUI
  • Multiple OVI / DUI Offenses
  • Underage OVI / DUI
  • Felony OVI / DUI

Your specific situation may mean that you face different consequences if convicted of an OVI / DUI.

The Ohio DUI laws and penalties may be different for you if any of the following apply:

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  • College Student OVI / DUI
  • DUI with a CDL
  • DUI with a BAC under .08
  • DUI with a Concealed Weapon
  • DUI with No Insurance
  • DUI on Probation
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Consequences of an OVI / DUI in Ohio

The DUI court process can be complex, and the prosecutor will likely try to give you the harshest penalties possible. Your Columbus criminal defense lawyer can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

If you’re convicted of an OVI / DUI, you may face:

  • Incarceration
  • Fines of up to $20,000
  • Vehicle forfeiture
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
  • Yellow OVI Plates
  • Driver intervention programs
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Alcohol treatment programs
  • Suspension or revocation of your professional license

It’s essential that you invest in good legal representation if you’re facing OVI / DUI charges because the consequences are so severe. In fact, a skilled attorney can actually save you money.

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They will fight to have your charges dropped and negotiate to reduce your penalties so that your attorney fees may actually be less than what you would owe in court costs, fines, ignition interlock device fees, alcohol treatment program costs, and work time lost.

Defending Against OVI / DUI Charges

If you’re charged with an OVI in Ohio, the prosecution must prove that you were operating the vehicle and that you were impaired. If they cannot, they do not have enough evidence to prove you’re guilty of a DUI. Our attorneys have the skills and knowledge to build a solid DUI / OVI defense and poke holes in the case against you.

Common issues to consider in a DUI case include:

  • You were not “operating” a vehicle – Even if the car was not running, the prosecution may try to show that you were operating the vehicle. We may be able to prove that you did not have the keys in the ignition or there was no actual motion of the vehicle.
  • You were not “impaired” – Impairment may be shown through drug and alcohol chemical tests, field sobriety tests, or officer witness testimony. We can work to show that the methods used were faulty and you were not actually intoxicated.
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  • Arresting officer lacked reasonable suspicion – The police need a valid reason – more than a hunch – to pull you over. If the arresting officer cannot articulate what they observed in your driving that gave rise to reasonable suspicion, certain evidence may be suppressed.
  • Roadblocks must be legal – Roadblocks are often used to catch drunk drivers in Ohio; however, they must follow guidelines and be set up according to state and federal regulations. If not, evidence may be inadmissible in court.
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) must be conducted precisely – Our attorneys are familiar with the evidence the prosecution uses against alleged offenders. Attorneys Benjamin Luftman and Daniel Sabol have received training in the administration of field sobriety tests.
  • Breathalyzer and chemical tests are prone to error – Attorney Daniel Sabol was one of the first attorneys in Ohio to successfully have an Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test result suppressed by a judge in a contested motion hearing. He has the knowledge to build a strong defense against inaccurate and faulty tests that may be used to incriminate you.
  • DUI Expungements – Although a DUI cannot be expunged from your criminal record, you can take actions that minimize the collateral effects of a DUI on your life.
  • Defenses to Fight an Ohio DUI – Our Columbus DUI defense attorneys have extensive experience fighting Ohio DUI charges. We may focus on probable cause, coerced statements, improper testing, and factual challenges to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
  • Hiring DUI Defense Lawyers – One of the biggest challenges after you receive an OVI can be finding a Columbus DUI defense lawyer who will compassionately listen to your story. We will work with you to get the results you want.

Accessibility When You Need It

DUIs happen at all hours of the day and night. Attorney Benjamin Luftman knows that when you need legal advice, the situation may be urgent. His clients have his cell phone number and can reach him directly with questions and concerns. If you’re arrested for a DUI, you need an attorney who can be available right away. Our team of Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates will be there when you need us.

You can call or text any time, day or night, seven days a week. Contact us for a free consultation today at .

Experience and Knowledge Count

Luftman, Heck & Associates have helped thousands of people in Columbus and the surrounding area overcome their OVI and other drunk driving charges. Our Columbus criminal defense attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced.

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Top 10 Consumer Rated DUI Attorney Dan Sabol
The National Trial Lawyers top 100 trial lawyers
Nationally ranked superior DUI Attorney
National College for DUI Defense general member
Ohio Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Bar Association
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Columbus Bar Association
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Our attorneys are accomplished in the area of DUI law. Not only are we knowledgeable about current DUI law and processes, but we teach others about it as well. Founding partner Benjamin Luftman regularly speaks at Certified Driver Intervention programs in central Ohio. Senior associate Daniel Sabol speaks at OVI / DUI seminars and advises other attorneys throughout Ohio.

Attorney Luftman has written several pieces focused on criminal law and DUIs in Ohio. He even co-authored jury instructions that were adopted by the Ohio State Bar Association and are now used by courts throughout the state. He also contributed to the book Trends in DUI Discovery (2015 ed.) with a chapter entitled “Using the SFST Results to Develop Successful Defenses in a DUI Case.”

DUI Lawyers with Experience Throughout Central Ohio

Our skilled Ohio DUI lawyers have worked with clients throughout central Ohio. We know that local courts can have specific court procedures and rules. We are prepared to help you defend a DUI charge in any of the cities surrounding Columbus, including suburbs.

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Are you in trouble? Contact us.

With the help of an experienced, competent Columbus DUI defense attorney, you can be sure to understand all of your options during an OVI case. We will protect your rights and make sure law enforcement and the courts respect them throughout the criminal justice process.

The criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates protect people charged with an OVI / DUI on a daily basis, and we can do so for you.

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Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP
580 E Rich St Fl 2
Columbus, OH 43215-5335


FAX: (614) 413-2886