When you plead guilty or are convicted of a DUI in Ohio, you could be admitted to one of many driver intervention programs in lieu of going to jail. There are several reputable driver intervention programs in the Columbus area, and they are a highly favorable outcome for someone facing otherwise harsh DUI penalties.
To learn more about how a driver intervention program may benefit you, Call Luftman, Heck & Associates at (614) 500-3836 for a 100% free and confidential consultation.
What is Driver Intervention?
Ohio’s Driver Intervention Program (DIP) is an alternative to the mandatory three-day jail term for first-time OWI offenders at the court’s discretion, allowing them to attend a 72-Hour residential program to educate individuals about the physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol and drug use. The program is designed to reduce the risk of future alcohol and drug abuse arrests and is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS).
While the elements of the program can vary according to the administering organization, generally, the intervention program offers you time and a place to examine the thinking and behavioral patterns that led to your OVI arrest. Through introspection, lectures, and group discussions, individuals gain the insight necessary to make healthy choices in the future concerning alcohol and drug abuse.
Below is a list of available programs and their contact information.
|Advanced Recovery Services Driver Intervention Program||Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Quality Inn & Suites|
|Phone: (614) 918-3330||7500 Vantage Dr|
|Toll Free: (866) 675-4817||Worthington Ohio 43235|
|Fax: (614) 918-3329||Driving Directions|
|Christian Accountability Network||Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Comfort Inns and Suites|
|Phone: (614) 439-5375||4870 Old Rathmell Court|
|Toll Free: (866) 690-1211||Columbus, OH 43207|
|Crossroads Recovery Services Driver Intervention Program||Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Days Inn|
|Phone: (614) 445-0352||1849 Stringtown Road|
|Fax: (614) 445-0121||Grove City, OH 43123|
|Maryhaven Exploring Sober Alternatives M.E.S.A. DIP||Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Holiday Inn|
|Phone: (614) 324-5478 (English & Español)||7007 N. High Street|
|Fax: (614) 324-5456||Worthington, OH 43214|
|Mount Carmel Driver Intervention Program||Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Fairfield Inn and Suites|
|Phone: (614) 337-7001||2826 Taylor Road SW|
|Fax: (614) 251-1542||Reynoldsburg, OH 43068|
|Wellness Driver Intervention Program||Columbus Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Clarion Hotel|
|Phone: (614) 791-8300||900 E Dublin-Granville Road|
|Fax: (614) 791-8726||Columbus, OH 43229|
|Wellness Driver Intervention Program||Dublin Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Marriot Courtyard|
|Phone: (614) 791-8300||5175 Post Rd.|
|Fax: (614) 791-8726||Dublin, OH 43017|
|Wellness Driver Intervention Program||Pickerington Location|
|Program Length: 72 Hours||Best Western Executive Suites|
|Phone: (614) 791-8300||1899 Winderly Lane|
|Fax: (614) 791-8726||Pickerington, OH 43147|
The Benefits of Driver Intervention Programs?
The advantages of completing a driver intervention program are undeniable if you or a loved one are convicted of an OVI. Enrolling in the driver intervention program spares the offender from many typical penalties attached to drunk driving, such as mandatory time in jail.
You might even avoid OVI charges altogether if the successful completion of DIP can be negotiated as part of a later dismissal.
Aside from the practical concerns relating to your criminal record and reputation, intervention programs also go a long way in helping you deal with any substance abuse issues you may be dealing with that contribute to the charges you are facing.
How Luftman Heck & Associates Can Help
Finding the best possible outcome and weighing your options after an OVI arrest is hard. There is a lot to consider, and no case is exactly like another. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we can help you confront the Columbus court system from your arrest to trial and facilitate admittance into whatever program benefits your unique situation the most.
We can even work to have DUI charges reduced or dismissed for insufficient evidence or other errors in many cases.
Some of the standard DUI defenses include:
- Inaccurate chemical test results
- Lack of probable cause
- Mistake of fact
- Police misconduct or abuse
- Incorrect administration of sobriety testing
- Inaccurate administration of chemical test results
The best way to find out which option fits your case is to contact LHA for a free and confidential consultation.
Charged with DUI in Columbus? Contact Us.
If you have an OVI or DUI charge in Columbus, you deserve an aggressive defense and guidance regarding all of your options.
For a free consultation with a competent, experienced Columbus DUI attorney, contact Luftman, Heck & Associates at (614) 500-3836. We will discuss what makes sense for your situation, your eligibility for Driver Intervention, and how we can help reduce a DUI’s negative impact on your life.