OVI / DUI Lawyer For Westerville, Ohio

OVI / DUI In Westerville, Ohio

Were you charged with DUI/OVI in Westerville, Ohio? Or are you from Westerville and charged with DUI/OVI in another central Ohio court? If so, you may have questions. Why was my license immediately suspended? How will I get to work? Is there any way to resolve my case without an OVI conviction? What should be my first step?

Whether you are from Westerville or you have a DUI/OVI case in Westerville, your first step should be to educate yourself. Learn as much as you can about the charges, the potential consequences, the evidence, the defenses, and lawyers. This website will help you do that. Another way to learn about these topics is the book ‘I Was Charged With DUI/OVI – Now What?!' By downloading the e-book, you’ll have access to valuable information applicable to DUI/OVI cases in central Ohio, including Westerville.

Law Enforcement In Westerville, Ohio

The Westerville area is patrolled by at least four law enforcement agencies: Westerville Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. When one of those agencies makes a DUI/OVI arrest, the case may be filed in one of three places: (1) the Westerville Mayor’s Court; (2) the Franklin County Municipal Court; or (3) the Delaware County Municipal Court. Which court is chosen depends on the law enforcement agency and the location of the alleged offense.

Evidence In Westerville DUI / OVI Cases

The evidence in OVI cases comes primarily from the officer’s observations and chemical tests for blood/breath/urine. Officers are trained to look for evidence of intoxication when a vehicle is being driven and during personal contact with the driver. When officers observe evidence of intoxication, they typically administer field sobriety tests. If the observed evidence convinces the officer the driver is probably under the influence, the officer arrests the driver and requests a blood test, breath test or urine test. The result of the chemical test may be used to show the driver was over the prohibited level of alcohol or drugs.

Challenging OVI / DUI Charges In Westerville

Before going to court, you should decide if you are going to plead guilty or challenge the OVI charge. Some folks seem to think if they were charged, there is nothing that can be done about it, so they just plead guilty quickly. If you plead guilty at the first court appearance, you will never know the strength of the case against you. If you plead not guilty, you will have the opportunity to see the prosecution’s evidence, determine what evidence will be admissible, and evaluate any available defenses. Contesting charges can often lead to a better case result than a quick guilty plea.

Attorney For DUI / OVI Cases In Westerville, Ohio

If you decide to contest the DUI/OVI charge, it’s beneficial to hire a good lawyer. There are many lawyers who handle DUI/OVI cases in Westerville, but there is a small category of those lawyers who have developed expertise in DUI/OVI defense. Attorney Shawn Dominy is in that small category. Shawn Dominy’s practice is focused primarily on DUI/OVI defense, and he has helped many clients in and from the Westerville area.

You can learn more about Shawn Dominy in this website’s attorney profile. You can also learn about Shawn Dominy’s case results and client reviews on this site. If you have a case in Westerville or you are from Westerville and you would like to speak with Shawn Dominy about your DUI/OVI case, please email Shawn Dominy or call 614-717-1177.

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