OVI / DUI Lawyer For London, Ohio

DUI / OVI In London, Ohio

This web page is designed for people charged with DUI/OVI in London, Ohio, It may also be helpful for residents of London charged with DUI/OVI elsewhere in central Ohio. London is a relatively small city about 25 miles southwest of Columbus, Ohio. As London is a city, it has its own law enforcement agency: the London Police Department. The London area is also patrolled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, there are a fair number of DUI/OVI cases originating in the London area. Most of those cases are filed in the Madison County Municipal Court.

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI in London, Ohio, you likely have questions. What is the potential sentence? What is the court process? What are the possible defenses? Should I plead guilty to DUI/OVI or contest the charges? Those questions are answered in the DUI/OVI pages of this website. Answers to those questions, and additional information, can also be found in the book ‘I Was Charged With DUI/OVI – Now What?!’ That book is sold in online bookstores, and you can also download the free e-book version from this website.

Sentencing For DUI / OVI In London, Ohio

DUI/OVI offenses in Ohio have minimum mandatory sentences and maximum possible sentences. For example, the minimum mandatory sentence for a first offense within six years includes three days in jail, a license suspension of six months, and a fine of $375. The maximum sentence for a first offense within six years includes 180 days in jail, a license suspension of three years, and a fine of $1,075. A court can also require yellow license plates, an ignition interlock system, and a period of probation. Additional DUI/OVI convictions within the statutory “lookback periods” of six years and 20 years carry increasingly severe penalties. The table on the DUI/OVI Penalties page summarizes the potential sentences.

The DUI / OVI Court Process

The arraignment, the first court appearance, is ordinarily held within five business days from the day the ticket is issued. At the arraignment, the prosecutor usually does not engage in much plea bargaining. Instead, you are given the choices of pleading guilty or no contest to the DUI/OVI or pleading not guilty. If you plead guilty or no contest, the case will be finished quickly, and you will not be able to thoroughly review the prosecution’s evidence and present your own evidence.

As the arraignment is only a few days after the ticket is issued, you will need to make some decisions relatively quickly. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to plead guilty at the arraignment or contest the charges. Second, you’ll need to determine whether you will hire a lawyer to represent you. Third, if you are going to hire a lawyer, you’ll need to choose the specific lawyer. To make these decisions, it may be helpful to research attorneys and speak with a few before selecting one. Attorneys have varying levels of expertise and experience, and the attorney you choose may make a difference to the outcome of your case.

Lawyer For London, Ohio DUI / OVI Cases

Shawn Dominy has experience and expertise in DUI/OVI defense. He has undergone extensive training to improve his effectiveness as a DUI/OVI lawyer. That training includes programs in breath testing, blood/urine testing, and field sobriety testing. Shawn Dominy is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.

For more information about Shawn Dominy, please see this site’s attorney profile. For information about the Dominy Law Firm’s case outcomes and client satisfaction, please see the case results page and the client reviews page. If you would like to speak with Shawn Dominy about your London DUI/OVI, you can arrange for a free phone consultation by emailing the Dominy Law Firm or by calling 614-717-1177.

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