It should come as no surprise that consuming drugs or alcohol can affect individuals differently. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that by the time you may feel intoxicated, you are likely way beyond the blood alcohol content level that would legally allow you to operate a motor vehicle.
Under Ohio law, operating a motor vehicle with alcohol presently in your system can lead to being stopped, arrested, and charged with what is commonly referred to as an OVI or DUI. Being charged with an OVI or Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence can result when an individual is found to have been operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. Although Ohio recognizes this offense as an OVI, it is also commonly referred to as a DUI or DWI.
For those under the age of 21 at the time of the alleged offense, the charge is not designated as an OVI but instead as an OVAUC or Operating a Vehicle After Underage Consumption. For an individual under the age of 21, the necessary blood alcohol content to be charged is 0.02%.
Being arrested and charged with an OVI or OVAUC can be scary. Often it is a person’s first interaction with a police officer, and not knowing your rights can create a sense of uncertainty about how your life will be affected.
Penalties associated with an OVI or OVAUC can be significant. Additionally, a person charged with an alleged OVI or OVAUC will have to address penalties, separate from any criminal charges, given by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which are referred to as Administrative License Suspensions. It is important to keep in mind that you only have five (5) days from the date of the arrest to request an administrative hearing with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If an administrative hearing is not requested, your license will be suspended automatically.
Contact Moseman Law – DUI Attorney in Mentor
At Moseman Law, we can assist you through this trying time. We will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome based on your individual situation. There are numerous ways we can defend you against the charges alleged while at the same time making sure your rights are protected. In doing so, we will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome we can, based on your individual situation.
When you have been arrested and charged with an alleged OVI, DUI, or OVAUC, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. At Moseman Law, we can help. Contact our office and ask to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with Mentor, Ohio OVI / DUI Attorney John P. Rogers. We will go over your individual circumstances and discuss how our office can help you.
Please know that all calls or consultations will remain strictly confidential.