OVI / DUI Lawyer for Crawford County, Ohio
The Dominy Law Firm represents clients charged with DUI (called ‘OVI’ in Ohio) in Crawford County, Ohio. Whether you are a resident of Crawford County (e.g., Bucyrus or Galion) or you have a DUI/OVI case in Crawford County, you probably have questions about your situation. Before you can decide how you will handle your OVI case, you first need information.
You came to the right place for information about OVI cases. This website contains dozens of pages of information about OVI topics. For an index of categories, please see the links at the bottom of this page (or the side of the page, if you are using a computer). When you click on a category link, you will see lists of individual website pages explaining specific OVI topics. For a resource which addresses the topics in one document, you can read the Ohio DUI/OVI Guide. That guide explains what you need to know before going to court for an OVI case. The guide is sold online, but you can download the guide for free here.
Next Steps for an OVI in Crawford County, Ohio
If you were charged with OVI in Crawford County, the first step is to learn about OVI cases. The next step is to answer three questions. First, will you plead guilty or contest the OVI? Second, will you hire a lawyer? Third, which lawyer will you hire? The Ohio DUI/OVI Guide has a framework for making these decisions.
Penalties for OVI in Crawford County, Ohio
To make the decision about whether to plead Guilty or contest the OVI, you should know the possible penalties for OVI. This offense has mandatory sentencing with minimum penalties and maximum penalties. For example, a first OVI conviction within ten years has a mandatory jail term of three days to six months, a mandatory license suspension of one year to three years, and a mandatory fine of $375 to $1,075. In addition to the mandatory penalties, a judge may also order the use of yellow license plates and an ignition interlock device, and a judge may order a term of probation (also called ‘community control’) which includes various requirements.
If a defendant has one or more prior OVI convictions within the past ten years, the mandatory penalties are enhanced. The mandatory penalties are also enhanced for all OVI offenses if a defendant’s blood/breath alcohol concentration is .170 or higher (or urine alcohol concentration is .238 or higher), or if a defendant refused a blood/breath/urine test and has a prior conviction within 20 years.
Hiring a Lawyer for a Crawford County OVI
If you decide to contest the OVI, your next decision is whether to hire a lawyer. Most people do not have the necessary knowledge and skill to represent themselves in contested litigation. Unless you are one of the few people who can effectively represent yourself to contest and OVI, you should probably hire a lawyer.
If you choose to hire a lawyer, you want to select a lawyer with expertise and experience. Lawyers with expertise in OVI defense understand the issues which arise in these cases. Lawyers with experience in OVI defense have dealt with those issues in court.
Lawyers For OVI/DUI Cases in Crawford County, Ohio
The lawyers at the Dominy Law Firm have expertise and experience in OVI defense. Our lawyers wrote and edited the Ohio DUI/OVI Guide. They have handled hundreds of OVI cases and have litigated OVI-specific issues in those cases. They have probably handled a case like yours and can effectively represent you. If you would like to discuss representation for your OVI case in Crawford County, Ohio, you can schedule a phone consultation at no cost. To schedule the phone consultation, please call our office at 614-717-117 or submit a CONTACT FORM on this website.