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Everything you wanted to know about drunk driving from a DUI attorney

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We’ve written a lot about drunk driving and DUI/OVI laws. In fact, since we started blogging six years ago, we’ve posted more than 52 stories on the subject.

It can be hard to sort through all that information, though. (It’s hard enough deciphering the difference between DUI and OVI. So. Much. Legalese.)

So we’ve created this shortcut/field guide of sorts. Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about DUI/OVI — all in one place.

For starters, don’t drink and drive

Yeah, yeah. We know: Too late for that. That’s why you’re here. Etc. But let’s go through this once more, for old time’s sake, because it’s really important.

There are a million and one reasons not to drink and drive (like losing your job), but hurting another person is pretty high up on that list. Here’s what’ll happen to you if your impaired driving injures someone else.

Other things to consider: A DUI conviction can affect your scholarship and financial aid. It can also affect child custody, future jobs, and insurance premiums. Things get even crazier for repeat violations.

Bookmark this page and read it before you go out drinking the next time. You’ll want to read all about monitoring your Blood Alcohol Levels before you get behind the wheel.

Oh, and if you’re drinking craft beer, then this post is essential reading too. And you miiight want to reconsider posting that selfie with a drink in your hand. Social media can hurt your case.

Don’t get caught drunk driving

As the old saying goes, you can’t get in trouble if you don’t get caught, and it’s worth mentioning again that the best way not to get caught is not to drink and drive.

But knowledge is power, so you should check out this list of five ways you can get yourself pulled over and then this one, too, that includes nine reasons an officer might think you’re drunk or otherwise impaired.

If you find yourself behind the wheel and see a DUI checkpoint up ahead — you know, like OSU Quarterback JT Barrett recently — here’s what you should know about DUI checkpoints.

What to do if you get pulled over

You might have heard this one before, but you should definitely not take a breath test and here are five solid reasons why. But you should also know what happens to you if you turn down a test. Oh, and here’s another rundown of field sobriety tests.

Of course, not everything you’ve heard about DUIs/OVIs before is true. Here we run down some of the common myths surrounding DUIs.

Once you’re actually pulled over, there’s a bunch of other clues cops look for to tell whether you’re impaired. You should know those too.

Don’t do these things either

There are many ways you can screw up your DUI/OVI case, starting with hiring the wrong attorney. Don’t make these five common mistakes when looking for a lawyer for your DUI/OVI case.

Oh, and it should go without saying, but don’t hire yourself. Hire someone instead who knows what they’re doing.

If you’re facing an OVI conviction, time is against you. Call Yavitch & Palmer at 614-224-6142 or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment to meet with our experienced team today.

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