If you are arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) in Ohio, your life has already started changing. Your reputation has suffered, you have to find an attorney for your defense, and you may even lose your job. If you are a parent in the process of a divorce, custody and visitation of your children may become issues.
An OVI offense in Ohio is similar to what is referred to in most states as driving under the influence (DUI). Penalties vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, and whether or not it is your first OVI offense. You could be facing anywhere from three days to one year in jail and a large fine.
Even for a first offense, your driver’s license will be suspended and your car insurance rates will skyrocket. You may be ordered to attend an alcohol rehabilitation program. You may be ordered to have an interlock ignition device installed on your car where you have to blow into the device before you start your car. If any alcohol is detected, your car will not start.
With so much at stake, you need the assistance of Attorney Allison Hibbard, an OVI/DUI lawyer. She will evaluate the facts of your case, obtain the police and investigative reports, and advise you on how to proceed.
Call Allison F. Hibbard, Attorney at Law
Allison F. Hibbard is a criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to helping those accused of crimes assert their rights. Every person charged with an offense is entitled to this protection. She serves clients in Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, Lorain, Lake and Stark Counties.
There are defenses to an OVI charge. Law enforcement may not have had probable cause to stop your car. Field sobriety tests may not have been properly administered. Breathalyzer tests that calculate your blood alcohol content (BAC) may not have been administered correctly.
In addition, there are many things that can cause a breathalyzer to register a false positive BAC, such as hypoglycemia or recent swishing of mouthwash containing alcohol. Even a high protein, low carbohydrate diet may result in a false positive.
Attorney Allison Hibbard works only for your best interest. If that means negotiating for reduced charges and penalties, she is an experienced negotiator. If it seems a better choice to go to trial, she will vigorously defend you in the courtroom.