Cleveland DUI Defense Lawyers
Youngstown OVI Defense Lawyers
Our Ohio lawyers understand the serious consequences you may be facing due to a drunk driving offense. Drunk driving offenses affect your livelihood, financial security and freedom. You could suffer jail time, mandatory driver’s license suspension, and substantial fines.
At Anthony & Zomoida, we possess extensive criminal defense experience. We can evaluate your charges from every angle. Attorney Zomoida is a former Assistant Prosecutor, which provides him with unique perspectives into criminal and drunk driving cases. Anthony & Zomoida will provide you with aggressive and effective defense and minimize the consequences of your drunk driving offense.
In reviewing your case, our OVI attorneys first determine whether the arresting officer had probable cause to stop your motor vehicle and reasonable suspicion to believe that you were under the influence. Our Cleveland DUI defense attorneys then determine if the officer conducted the field sobriety test in compliance with National Highway Traffic Administration regulations.
We also evaluate whether the officer properly conducted the test of your breath, whole blood, blood serum or plasma and/or urine and whether the devices used to conduct the test were in compliance with Ohio regulations.
There is no Difference Between OVI, DUI and DWI
OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired), DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while impaired) are acronyms used to describe drunk driving offenses. The current acronym used in Ohio for drunk driving offenses is OVI.
A person is guilty of OVI if s/he operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or a drug of abuse. A person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence if s/he consumes alcohol and/or a drug of abuse in such a quantity, whether small or great, that it adversely affected and appreciably impaired the person’s actions, reaction or mental processes.
Additionally, a person is guilty of OVI if s/he operates a motor vehicle with a certain concentration of alcohol in his/her breath, whole blood, blood serum or plasma, and/or urine. For example, a person is guilty of OVI is s/he operates a motor vehicle with a concentration of .08 of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per 210 liters of the person’s breath.
Driver’s License Suspensions
If you are arrested for OVI, your driver’s license will be suspended at the moment of your arrest. This suspension is referred to as an Administrative License Suspension. The length of your Administrative License Suspension varies depending on several factors, but it will be at least 90 days. You have the right to appeal an Administrative License Suspension. However, there are time limitations within which to file your appeal, so do not wait to contact us about protecting your rights.
Limited Driving Privileges
Depending on your situation, we can help you pursue limited driving privileges. These special driver’s licenses allow you to drive to and from specific locations for:
- Court-related activities
- Child custody requirements