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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Columbus Ohio

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Ohio, the criminal defense attorneys practicing at Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. will aggressively fight to protect your legal rights and design a legal strategy to address the criminal charge. Criminal laws are different in Ohio compared to other states so it is a good idea to retain a criminal defense attorney well versed in Ohio law if you find yourself charged with a crime.

Ohio DUI Or OVI Laws

When you are arrested for drunk driving in Ohio it is called an OVI, which stands for operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired, or an OMVI, which means operating a motor vehicle while impaired or intoxicated. Unlike other states that require tangible proof to make a DUI arrest, Ohio OVI law is different because there is no proof of intoxication or blood-alcohol content readings necessary to substantiate an arrest. So, regardless of the amount of alcohol that is in your system you can be arrested for drunk driving if a police officer pulls you over and believes you are intoxicated. Another unique component to Ohio criminal law is that when you are arrested for OVI you have actually two lawsuits to contend with. The first is the actual court case and the other is an administrative case with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. During the latter case you face the possibility of having your driver’s license revoked and not being able to drive. You do have the option to appeal this; however, there is a timeframe in which you can file your appeal so contacting a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately upon arrest is very important.

Contact an Ohio Criminal Law Attorney

As you can see, parts of Ohio criminal law are very different than in other states. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense whether it is an OVI or any other type of offense, you should contact a talented Columbus criminal attorney like those at Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. To schedule your initial consultation call us today at 614-224-6142 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to discussing the specifics of your case and sharing the legal options that are in your best interest.

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