OVI / DUI Lawyer For Columbus, Ohio

OVI / DUI In Columbus, Ohio

If you were charged with DUI / OVI in Columbus, Ohio, you probably have many questions. When will I be able to drive again? What is going to happen in court? What are the possible consequences? Should I plead guilty to DUI / OVI, or should I plead not guilty?

If you are asking these questions, you have come to the right place. The Dominy Law Firm emphasizes the value of educating yourself about your situation. This website has dozens of pages of information applicable to DUI/OVI cases in Columbus, Ohio. This website also has a free guide which you can instantly download to get many of your questions answered in one place. The paperback version of the guide is for sale in online bookstores, but you can download the guide for free here.

The Columbus, Ohio area sees a high number of DUI / OVI cases. There are several different law enforcement agencies which patrol the Columbus area, including the Columbus Division of Police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and police departments of various municipalities around Columbus. Many of the DUI / OVI cases in the Columbus area are filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court, while others are filed in surrounding courts of central Ohio.

The Court Process For OVI / DUI Cases In The Columbus, Ohio Area

Wherever you go to court, the process is essentially the same. At the first court appearance, the arraignment, you will be asked to enter a plea: guilty, no contest, or not guilty. At the arraignment, you can also challenge the Administrative License Suspension. After the arraignment, there will be a pretrial hearing: an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecuting attorney and negotiate and agreed resolution. If the case is not finished at the pretrial hearing, there may be a motion hearing for the Court to decide what evidence is admissible. If an agreement ultimately is not reached, there is a trial for a jury or judge to decide whether your guilt is proven. If you are found guilty, or if you plead guilty, there will be a sentence hearing for the judge to determine the sentence.

Before you go to that first court appearance, you will need to make some decisions. Are you going to plead guilty, or are you going to fight the OVI? Are you going to hire an attorney? Which attorney should you hire? To make those decisions, you need information. The pages of this website, and the downloadable e-book will provide that information.

Lawyer For Columbus, Ohio DUI / OVI Cases

It may be helpful to speak with an attorney to talk through the issues and make decisions. Not all attorneys, however, have the same level of expertise and experience with DUI / OVI matters. Some attorneys practice several areas of law, while others focus primarily on DUI / OVI defense.

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.

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