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If you are on probation and get charged with an OVI, there are a number of immediate issues to consider. Does getting charged with an OVI violate your current probation? If it does, are you going to get revoked? If your probation is revoked, how much jail time or other exposure are you looking at?
If you are on reporting probation, there may be a requirement to let your probation officer know of any new charges, or contact with law enforcement. You should immediately review all paperwork you have from the probation department to see if it explains your obligations.
You may be on paper based probation, typically called PNC, or provided no convictions. Generally, unless and until you are convicted of the OVI or some offense, would a probation violation or revocation potentially become an issue.
There are specific issues to consider if you are currently on probation for an OVI and pick up a new OVI charge. If your probation conditions included not refusing a chemical test and you refused, that could be a probation violation. If your probation conditions included no consumption of alcohol and the police report notes an odor of alcohol, or you took a breath test and blew over the legal limit and your license was suspended, that could be a probation violation.
If you are currently on probation and pick up a new OVI charge, you are looking at a very complicated situation with many different penalties that can affect your life in a very serious way. Therefore, it is critical that you give both your potential probation violation and OVI charge the level of importance they both deserve.
The Columbus DUI defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients who are on probation and pick up a DUI.
First and foremost, we will try to make sure that if a probation violation is filed against you, that it is filed as a summons and not a warrant for your arrest.
Next, we will look at the allegations and determine whether or not there was probable cause to file a statement of violations and whether an actual violation has occurred.
Depending on your specific circumstances, we will look to dismiss or minimize the probation violation itself, or alternatively to minimize the additional jail time or other penalties you are facing.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we can help you confront the Ohio criminal justice system from your arrest through to your trial. By advocating for your rights and thinking strategically about your case defense, we will maximize your chances of obtaining a positive case result. If you’ve been charged with OVI, call us today at for a free and confidential consultation of your case.
If you’ve been charged with a OVI / DUI, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced Columbus DUI attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at email@example.com.