OVI / DUI Lawyer For Marysville, Ohio
We are lawyers for OVI / DUI in Marysville, Ohio, and this web page is designed for those seeking information about Marysville DUI / OVI cases. The information here will also be helpful for Marysville residents charged with DUI/OVI elsewhere in central Ohio.
Although Marysville is loosely considered part of the Columbus metropolitan area, Marysville is definitely an independent city. Marysville has its own city government, fire department and court. It also has its own police force: the Marysville Police Department. Other law enforcement agencies with a presence in the Marysville area include the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway patrol. Those law agencies enforce Ohio DUI/OVI laws, and most of the DUI/OVI cases in this area are filed in the Marysville Municipal Court.
Nobody expects to be charged with DUI/OVI, so when it happens, many questions arise. What evidence will be used against me? What is the possible sentence? Will hiring an attorney make a difference in the outcome of the case? Those questions are answered throughout this website. Those issues are also addressed in the book ‘I Was Charged With DUI/OVI – Now What?!’ That book is a quick read and contains in one document the answers to the most frequently asked questions. The book is available for purchase through internet bookstores, and you can download the free e-book version from this website.
Sentencing For DUI/OVI In Marysville, Ohio
There is a wide range of possible punishments for Ohio DUI/OVI. Ohio law provides for mandatory minimum sentences and maximum possible sentences. On a first offense DUI/OVI, for example, there is a minimum jail sentence of three days and a maximum jail sentence of 180 days. Likewise, a first offense includes a minimum driver’s license suspension of six months and a maximum suspension of three years. Judges have the authority to impose a sentence anywhere from the minimum to the maximum. The mandatory minimum sentence for an OVI conviction increases with multiple convictions within the “lookback periods” of ten years and 20 years. A table summarizing Ohio sentencing can be found on the ‘DUI/OVI Penalties’ page of this website.
Evidence In DUI/OVI Cases
The evidence in these cases comes mostly from polices officers’ observations and chemical tests for blood/breath/urine. Officers are trained to look for evidence of intoxication when a vehicle is in motion and during the officer’s personal contact with the driver. If the officers observe evidence suggesting a driver is under the influence, they will administer field sobriety tests. If the officer concludes the driver is probably under the influence, the officer arrests the driver and requests that the driver submit to a blood test, urine test, or breath test. The result of the test, if competed, may be used as evidence in court.
For breath tests, some of the police departments in Marysville use the Intoxilyzer 8000. Although the reliability of that machine has been successfully challenged in other counties, Union County resumed using the Intoxilyzer 8000. Founding attorney Shawn Dominy was involved in a case successfully challenging the Intoxilyzer 8000. Both Shawn Dominy and Bryan Hawkins are now mounting new challenges of this breath-testing machine.
First Steps In A DUI/OVI Case
After being charged with DUI/OVI, there are steps you should take. The first step is to educate yourself about DUI/OVI issues. This website and the downloadable e-book are good ways to do that. After learning more about DUI/OVI, the next step is to make decisions about your case. You should decide whether you intend to plead guilty or fight the charges, whether you will hire an attorney, and which attorney you will hire. These decisions are time sensitive, as the first court appearance is generally held a few days after the ticket is issued.
Law Firm For Marysville, Ohio DUI / OVI Cases
The attorney you hire can make a difference to the outcome of the case, so you’ll want an attorney with expertise and experience in DUI/OVI defense. The attorneys at the Dominy Law Firm have that expertise and experience.
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