When a person is charged with drunk driving in Cuyahoga County and the surrounding areas of Ohio, there are frequently other criminal charges associated with it. The penalties can accrue, which can cause significant problems in a person's life if they are not addressed as aggressively as possible with a strong legal defense. When there is an accident and a driver is not only accused of operating a vehicle after imbibing (OVI) but the driver is accused of fleeing as well, there can be major penalties.
Ohio motorists may have heard about the drunk driving laws and how the rule of implied consent applies to all licensed drivers. But what exactly does this mean? What have Ohio drivers impliedly consented to? What are the consequences of refusing to take breath test if a police officer asks a driver to take one? This blog post will discuss the concept of implied consent, including what it means.
It is a misdemeanor in Ohio to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. Police in the Buckeye State spend a lot of time and resources seeking intoxicated drivers, so it is not hard to get caught in their dragnet. Even though drunk driving defendants are often demonized in the media, these defendants have the same rights as everyone else to due process. This blog post will discuss the penalties for those convicted of OVI.
Drunk driving cases are common in the North Royalton area municipal and mayor courts. This does not mean, however, that drunk driving is not a big deal. The reality is that there can be very serious consequences to an OVI conviction. Drivers convicted of OVI face higher car insurance premiums, significant fines, potentially lengthy driver's license suspensions, and as we discussed in the past, they also may face serious jail time.
Since it happens to a lot of different people from all walks of life, Ohio residents may be tempted to think that getting an OVI charge, which is Ohio's terminology for a DUI, is not a big deal.