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Ohio Defense Lawyers Help Commercial Drivers Facing OVI or OVMI Charges


Bigger payload, bigger consequences

Driving with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) means you have more responsibility on the road, whatever you may be driving or hauling. And according to Ohio laws, that responsibility includes stricter limits and harsher penalties for drunk driving whether you are behind the wheel of a commercial or private vehicle. At Yavitch & Palmer, our attorneys have more than 20 years of combined criminal defense experience protecting clients’ driving rights in Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI).

Different BACs, same results

If you have a CDL, the legal BAC limit the legal limit is reduced to from .08 to .04 percent BAC. when you are stopped under suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired,

Regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving, if you are brought to the station and asked to perform a breath test, your refusal results in an automatic one-year license suspension. If you are found to be over the legal limit, your CDL is suspended for 90 days – in addition to the year for refusal. If you refuse a breath test on a second, separate occasion, your CDL can be suspended for life.

In the case of a CDL suspension, you may be granted limited noncommercial driving privileges during your suspension, but you are not allowed to drive a commercial vehicle under any circumstances.

What happens after a conviction?

If you are convicted of OVI while driving a commercial or noncommercial vehicle, the punishment is a one-year CDL disqualification. A second conviction results in a lifetime CDL disqualification, so it is critical to any commercial driver’s career to take the case seriously and to partner with an attorney who understands drunk driving laws in Ohio.

Call us if you’re a commercial driver with an OVI case in Greater Columbus

Yavitch & Palmer concentrates on criminal defense law so we can tailor our approach to the circumstances of each case. Call us at 614-224-6142 or complete our form to set up a day, evening or weekend appointment as needed. We can examine your case and provide you with a solid course of action.

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