OVI / DUI Lawyer For Groveport, Ohio
The Dominy Law Firm represents clients for Groveport, Ohio DUI / OVI. Groveport is a small suburb of Columbus. Although there are not many DUI/OVI cases originating in the village of Groveport, there are some, as the area is patrolled by three law enforcement agencies: the Groveport Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Some of those cases are filed in the Groveport Mayor’s Court, and many are filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court. The court in which a case is filed is dependent on the record of the driver and which law enforcement agency files the charges.
If you are a Groveport resident charged with DUI/OVI, or if you have to go to court for DUI/OVI in Groveport, you may have questions about your circumstances. People charged with DUI/OVI frequently ask questions about the court process, the evidence, and the available defenses. Those questions are answered throughout this website. Those questions and more are also addressed in the book ‘Ohio DUI / OVI Guide’. The paperback version of that book can be purchased from bookstores online, and the e-book version can be downloaded for free here.
The Court Process In Groveport DUI/OVI Cases
At the first court appearance, the arraignment, you will be asked to enter one of three pleas: guilty, no contest, or not guilty. If you plead guilty or no contest, the case is typically finished at the arraignment. If you plead not guilty, there will be a pretrial hearing: an opportunity to negotiate and agreed resolution with the prosecutor. 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.
Evidence In Groveport DUI/OVI Cases
Law enforcement officers undergo training in DUI detection. That training teaches them what clues of intoxication to look for at various stages of the investigation. Officers begin an investigation when a vehicle is in motion and continue the investigation during personal contact with the driver. If the officer suspects a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the officer continues the investigation with field sobriety tests. Based on the totality of the circumstances, if the officer concludes there is probable cause to believe the driver is under the influence, the officer requests that the driver consent to a breath test, blood test, or urine test. In court, the evidence consists mainly of the results of the chemical test, the results of the field sobriety tests, and the officer’s observations.
Challenging OVI Charges In Groveport
The evidence in DUI/OVI cases can be challenged. Some people seem to believe there is no point in contesting DUI/OVI charges because the officer concluded they were under the influence or the chemical test concluded they were over the limit. This is not necessarily true. Often, challenging the charges leads to a more favorable outcome.
Determining whether to challenge a DUI/OVI case is an important decision. You must first evaluate how important it is to you to try to avoid a DUI/OVI conviction. For some people, a DUI/OVI conviction may not be a big deal. For others, however, a DUI/OVI conviction can be devastating. After deciding whether to challenge the case or plead guilty, you’ll also need to decide whether you will hire a lawyer and which attorney you will hire.
DUI/OVI Attorneys Serving Groveport, Ohio
The Dominy Law Firm represents clients who are challenging the DUI/OVI charges. To develop expertise in DUI/OVI defense, the firm’s lawyers have studied not only the law involved in these cases but also the investigative techniques used in these cases. Those techniques include DUI detection, field sobriety testing, blood/urine testing, and breath testing. For breath testing, the firm owns the breath-testing machine used by most Ohio law enforcement agencies.
If you would like to learn more about the Dominy Law Firm, additional information is available on the About Us page. You may also be interested in learning about the Dominy Law Firm’s case results and client reviews. If you are a Groveport resident charged with DUI/OVI, or if you have a DUI/OVI case in Groveport, you can arrange a free phone consultation with the Dominy Law firm by emailing the Dominy Law Firm or by calling 614-717-1177.