When you enter a guilty plea you are completely admitting that you are guilty of the offense, and the plea can be used against you in later proceedings. When you enter a no contest plea, you are admitting the facts alleged by the state but are NOT admitting guilt, and therefore the plea cannot be used against you in later proceedings.
However, guilty and no contest pleas both result in convictions and are the same for sentencing purposes.
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You should always plead Not Guilty, and ask for time to hire a lawyer. You will not be penalized for pleading not guilty and later changing your plea.
If you plead guilty or no contest, you will automatically be convicted of the offense, and it can be difficult to withdraw a guilty or no contest plea once it is entered.
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In Ohio, the minimum mandatory penalties for a first DUI offense in six years are:
- Three days in jail or the Driver’s Intervention Program;
- $375 fine; and
- Six month license suspension.
The maximum possible penalties for a first offense in six years are:
- 180 days in jail;
- $1,075 fine, and;
- Three year license suspension plus probation and treatment.
The penalties are increased for each subsequent OVI-DUI in any given six-year period. If you are convicted of four offenses in a six-year period or six offenses in a twenty-year period, an OVI is elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony, and prison time is a possibility.
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An Administrative License Suspension, or ALS, is a driver’s license suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for either (1) one year for refusing a breathalyzer test, or (2) three months for testing over the prescribed limit of .08.
If an ALS is imposed, the officer will seize your driver’s license and send it to the BMV for shredding. An ALS is separate from any court-ordered suspension, and remains in effect even if you are not found guilty of any crime.
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In Ohio, if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test you will be placed under what is called an Administrative License Suspension “ALS” for a period of one year. In addition, you may be charged with OVI, and your refusal can be used as evidence against you in court.
However, even if you are ultimately acquitted of any criminal offense, the ALS remains in effect for the entire year period.
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Yes. You always have the right to refuse to consent to a search of your vehicle. However, if the police have probable cause that your vehicle contains contraband, they can search the vehicle without your consent and without a warrant.
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Yes, but under limited circumstances. The police are allowed to search your person without a warrant if they have placed you under arrest for a criminal offense – this is known as a search incident to an arrest.
They are also allowed to pat you down without a warrant – known as a “Terry” search – if they have reasonable suspicion that you are armed and involved in criminal activity.
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Yes. The police are allowed to order you out of your vehicle during a routine traffic stop for safety purposes and to ask you basic questions. However, the police must allow you to leave once the reason for the traffic stop has concluded, unless they have reasonable suspicion that you or someone in the car is involved in criminal activity.
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Only if you are placed in custody. The police are not required to read you Miranda rights if you are not in custody, but are merely having a consensual conversation with them. They are also not required to read you Miranda rights if they do not interrogate you.
However, if you are in an encounter with the police and you do not feel free to leave, you are arguably in “custody” and the police are required to read you Miranda rights before questioning you.
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Yes, if they have probable cause to believe that your vehicle contains contraband or evidence of a criminal offense, or if you voluntarily consent to a search of your vehicle.
They can also search your vehicle without a warrant if you are arrested after driving your car, or if they have reasonable suspicion that you are armed and have engaged in criminal activity.
In general, police are not required to obtain a warrant before searching your vehicle.
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