OVI / DUI Lawyer For Circleville, Ohio
If you were charged with OVI / DUI in Circleville, Ohio, or if you are from Circleville and you were charged with DUI / OVI in another central Ohio court, you may have questions. What will happen in court? What is the potential sentence? When can I drive again? Should I plead guilty or should I fight the DUI/OVI?
If you have questions like these, you have come to the right place. The Dominy Law Firm website contains many pages with information about DUI / OVI, and that information applies to cases in Circleville. Additional information can be found in the guide ‘I Was Charged With DUI/OVI – Now What?!’ Online bookstores sell the paperback version of the guide, and you can download the e-book for free here.
Circleville DUI/OVI Enforcement And The Intoxilyzer 8000
There are many DUI/OVI cases in the Circleville area, as the area is patrolled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Circleville Police Department, and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. Most of those cases are filed in the Circleville Municipal Court.
Some of those law enforcement agencies are using the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath-testing machine. Although the reliability of that machine has been repeatedly challenged, they continue to prosecute OVI / DUI cases in Circleville and Pickaway County involving the Intoxilyzer 8000. The Dominy Law Firm has experience with the Intoxilyzer 8000. Founding attorney Shawn Dominy was involved in litigation which resulted in the judge concluding the Intoxilyzer 8000 is too unreliable to be used as evidence in court. Both Shawn Dominy and Bryan Hawkins are currently involved in new litigation involving this breath-testing machine.
If you are charged with DUI/OVI in the Circleville area, you will appear in court within five business days of when the ticket was issued. The first court appearance is the arraignment. At the arraignment, there is ordinarily no plea bargaining, so your choices are to plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. If you plead guilty or no contest, your case will be finished quickly. If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for a second court appearance.
The second court appearance is the pretrial hearing. The purpose of the pretrial hearing is for you or your lawyer to discuss the case with the prosecuting attorney and negotiate a possible resolution. Before attending the pretrial hearing, you should engage in discovery: the exchange of evidence between the parties.
If your case is not resolved at the pretrial stage, you may have a motion hearing for the judge to make decisions regarding legal issues like the admissibility of evidence. If an agreement still is not reached, there is a trial. At the trial, a jury or judge decides if your guilt has been proven. If guilt is proven, or if you plead guilty to something, the final stage is a sentence hearing.Lawyer For Circleville, Ohio DUI / OVI Cases
Before you go to the first court appearance, you will need to decide whether to plead guilty or not guilty, whether to hire an attorney, and which attorney to hire. To make those decisions, it may be helpful to speak with a lawyer. If you decide to hire a lawyer, you’ll want to find a lawyer with expertise and experience in DUI/OVI defense.
The Dominy Law Firm is focused on DUI/OVI defense. Approximately 80% of the firm’s cases involve DUI/OVI. The firm's expertise in this area was developed by completing training in field sobriety testing, blood/urine testing, and breath testing. That expertise is put to work for the firm's clients, including clients from Pickaway Count and clients with cases in Circleville.
For more information about us, please see the attorney profile page. If you are interested in the outcomes of past cases and the satisfaction level of past clients, please see our case results page and the client reviews page. To schedule a free phone consultation with us, please call 614-717-1177 or by email the Dominy Law Firm.