Frequently Asked Questions About OVI Arrests
At Ernst & Associates, LLC, we have been representing people in OVI cases for more than 20 years. We have the knowledge and experience to help you get charges reduced and possibly dropped. Listed below are some of the questions we hear most often from our clients. To speak with us directly, call 513-548-5544 or fill out our online contact form.
How Long Does A DUI / OVI Case Take?
The length of your case will depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. A simple OVI arrest where the registered BAC was not excessively high may be resolved at arraignment, but more complex cases may require a motion hearing and a trial, extending the process up to one year.
Can I Refuse To Take A Field Sobriety Test?
Yes. We recommend that you never agree to take a field sobriety test. Many of the tests are difficult to understand and require balancing tests that many people cannot pass while sober. Law enforcement may pressure you to comply, but it is legal for you to say no.
Can I Refuse To Take A Breath, Urine Or Blood Test?
No. Ohio has an Implied Consent law which essentially says that by using public and private roads, you are agreeing to comply with a request for a breath, blood or urine test from law enforcement. If you refuse, you will receive a court-ordered suspension of your license of at least one year.
Can A Failed Breath, Blood, Or Urine Test Be Contested?
Yes. There is a very specific protocol which must be followed in order to admit your test results as evidence against you. We can challenge the validity of the test results based on the evidence presented and whether protocol was followed properly.
If My DUI / OVI Case Is Pending, Can I Get Limited Driving Privileges Until The Court Date?
Yes, but you must apply for limited driving privileges within 30 days of your arrest. Depending on your record and the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may have to wait for a period of time before you become eligible.
Do I Need A Lawyer If I Have Been Arrested For DUI / OVI?
No, but you typically stand a much better chance of getting your charges reduced or dropped if you hire an attorney. The court will treat you the same as they treat a lawyer and expect you understand the details of the proceeding. Most judges have little patience for anyone who is not prepared or does not understand the law.
Contact The Experienced OVI Attorneys At Ernst & Associates, LLC
If you have been arrested for an OVI, call the Ohio firm that has been helping people fight OVI charges for more than 20 years. Call us at 513-548-5544 or fill out our online contact form to set up an initial consultation now.