DUI Attorney in Dayton, OH
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If you have been accused of Operating a Vehicle under the Influence (OVI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI), it is likely that you are accused of violating Ohio's driving laws. In the state of Ohio, driving a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher could lead to a DUI or OVI conviction. For some individuals, that is just a few drinks in the matter of a few hours.
Many individuals believe that being accused of DUI isn’t that serious of a crime, which is why many attempts to defend themselves without legal representation. However, this nonchalance could easily lead to lamentable consequences. Prosecutors don’t have a reputation for being lenient.
If you are facing DUI or OVI charges, our team at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC is here to help protect your rights. These kinds of charges can lead to serious and harsh penalties for accused drivers. Our firm can tenaciously defend you from the charges you face, whether you live in Dayton or Cincinnati.
Contact our firm to discuss your charges. Our DUI attorneys proudly serve Hamilton, Brown, Allen, Clermont, Warren, Montgomery, and Butler counties.
Understanding the Driving Laws in Ohio
Here's what else you need to know about Ohio's driving laws:
- The permitted blood alcohol level to operate a motor vehicle for people under 21 is 0.02%.
- Repeat offenders of all ages are punished more severely.
- A fourth OVI conviction in six years is a felony.
- In Ohio, it is a felony to have five convictions for DUI or OVI in a 20-year period.
Ohio DUI Penalties
In Ohio, some of the penalties you may face if accused of driving under the influence include the following:
- Steep fines
- Time behind bars
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- License suspension
- Community service
First Offense DUI in Ohio
Penalties for a DUI conviction can be steep, which is why it is important you work with a skilled Dayton DUI defense attorney who keeps your best interest in mind.
The penalties for first-time DUI offenders in Ohio include:
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Up to a 90-day license suspension (one-year suspension for refusing to take chemical test)
- Up to three days in jail
Listed Among the Top 100 DUI Lawyers
Our DUI & OVI defense team is led by Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan, who is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This additional certification allows him to refer to himself as a criminal law expert. We are also honored to have been listed among the Top 100 DUI Lawyers, which demonstrates our high-level of knowledge and command regarding the area of DUI or OVI. We are ready and willing to put our extensive legal insight to work for you.
We can help you in the following ways:
- Reasonable suspicion – Whether officers had enough reasonable suspicion to pull a driver over is a top concern. Law enforcement must have reasonable suspicion that a motorist is involved in some sort of criminal activity, including driving under the influence, in order to detain them (stop their vehicles). If officers do not observe lane drifting, speeding, near collisions, traffic infractions, or other signs of suspicious activity or crime, a lack of reasonable suspicion may result in an unlawful stop.
- Probable cause – The U.S. Constitution protects us from unlawful searches and seizures. These include unlawful searches of property and arrests without justifiable reasons, such as physical signs of impairment, suspicious activity, evidence of alcohol or drug use, or other objective indicators. Without probable cause, any evidence officers obtain – including chemical test results – could be declared inadmissible in a case. Police must have a lawful basis to make an arrest.
- Chemical test results – Evidence obtained through breath and blood tests are not always 100% accurate, and they can be challenged. This is especially important during periods of high enforcement, where increased use of testing devices, including breathalyzers, may cause them to be improperly maintained and calibrated or used improperly by an officer who has little to no training in using them – which can result in erroneous results.
Focused on Criminal Law Since 1994
For more than 50 combined years, our firm has been addressing state and federal crimes of varying complexities. Our Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys strive to deliver legal services that are aggressive and personalized, from beginning to end. Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His expert knowledge has benefited many individuals accused of violating our state's driving laws.
If you have been charged with DUI or OVI in Ohio, it is essential that you retain the services of a skilled defense team as soon as possible. Stalling to do so could endanger your driving privileges and lead to other serious penalties. Don't let a DUI or OVI conviction damage your reputation and driving record.
Accused? Call (937) 685-7006 for a Free Consultation.
Our Dayton DUI lawyers proudly offer initial consultations to all of our prospective clients, free of charge. This step allows us to better understand a case and assist an accused individual. We can explain the various options that are available to you so that you are well-informed about your legal standing and how to proceed. This initial step is crucial when determining how to craft a defense strategy for a client.
For the tough DUI defense you need, please contact our firm without delay.