SERIOUS OVI DUI DEFENSE
The days of “Mr. General Criminal Defense Attorney” consistently getting the best possible resolution in OVI DUI matters have ended.
OVI DUI Defense Attorney Andrew R. Bucher is an experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive attorney who focuses on these particular cases (not on general criminal defense) and understands the science involved, in addition to the many legal issues. A knowledgeable, aggressive attorney is essential if you are serious about defeating or reducing your charges.
OVI – DUI – DWI – OVMI – OVUAC
Whatever collection of letters is thrown at you, the allegation is the same, violation of the law for driving while impaired or with a prohibited amount of a specified substance (alcohol, prescription drugs, OTC medication, or street drugs) present in your breath, blood or urine at the time of operation of the motor vehicle. From 2004 to the present, the term adopted by the State of Ovhio is OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) and OVUAC for underage persons.
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THE EVOLUTION OF OVI – DUI LAW
Twenty to thirty years ago these matters were far different than today. Penalties are now more severe, the prohibited limits are drastically lower, and lobbying groups have put Courts and Prosecutors under greater pressure to generate convictions. The days of being driven home by the kind-hearted officer after you acknowledged some poor judgment are long gone.
The tough reality is that there are active efforts to increase OVI DUI arrests and the questions that you are being asked are those taught to the Officer with the purpose of securing evidence for a conviction. This starts, in accordance with police training, before your car even comes to a stop.
Convictions, even for a first offense, can result in:
~ Suspension of your license for up to three years
~ Jail time (up to 180 days) Fines (up to $1075.00)
~ Increased rates of (or cancellation of) auto insurance
~ Increased rates for life insurance
~ Extensive periods with absolutely no ability to legally drive
~ Restricted (yellow) plates, Ignition interlock (blow to drive) and consequently, Loss of employment or difficulty getting a job.
~ Public record of the conviction for 50+ years
There is no “set sentence” for first time OVI DUI offenders, only mandatory minimum sentences and penalties, more severe sentences and penalties can be and are imposed upon first offenders.
MYTH: Any criminal defense attorney can handle OVI DUI offense.
In reality, OVI DUI defense is a highly technical area of the law that is further complicated by:
- The legislature’s constant tinkering through amendments (they have changed it 7 times in 6 years)
- The ongoing changes in the case law (decisions of courts on unsettled nuances in OVI matters that then apply to future cases).
- The various types of scientific analytical testing introduced into the equation (Blood, Breath, and Urine)
- Your attorney’s training in and ability to analyze Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (One Leg Stand, Walk and Turn, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – “the eye test”), and non-standardized testing (counting, ABCs, balancing tests, etcetera)
OVI – DUI is an area of law that demands the attorney who keeps up with the constant changes, is able to apply multiple areas of the law (traffic, constitutional, criminal, civil) and is able to apply the scientific principals, theory, and applicable testing standards behind the analytical testing method utilized (if one was used) and to the Standardized and Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
MYTH: I blew or gave a sample (blood or urine), so I am guilty and we cannot win.
This is absolutely false.
Breath testing machines are not perfect machines and their results can be inaccurate or false. Recent decisions with the State of Ohio’s new breath machine have indicated both total unreliability of the machine and error of 25% or more.
The number the breathalization machine spits out is not to be accepted as true and every client should receive extensive questioning regarding the test. Failure to question about a multitude of medical and circumstantial conditions is a common error made by defense attorneys.
This is also true regarding Blood and Urine testing. Samples are mishandled, labs do not process them correctly, and the instrumentation can even be utilized incorrectly causing ERROR TO ALL SAMPLES TESTED.
The numbers are relevant, but they are not the end of the inquiry, you must have a lawyer who knows how to attack and is willing to question these “results” supplied by the state.
CONTACT ATTORNEY BUCHER 24/7 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION REGARDING YOUR OVI DUI. SHOULD HE NOT BE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, THE CALL WILL BE ANSWERED, AND HE WILL PERSONALLY CONTACT YOU AS SOON AS PRACTICAL.
ATTORNEY BUCHER IS A COMMITTED, EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND TRAINED OVI DUI LAWYER WHO PROUDLY AND VIGOROUSLY DEFENDS CLIENTS IN OVI DUI MATTERS ACROSS NORTHWEST OHIO.