Criminal Defense Blog

Can An Immigrant Participate in Diversion?

This is a very tricky situation and an immigrant should proceed with caution and speak with an attorney before entering into any type of diversion program. There are very specific rules and requirements for diversion and the immigrant needs to be fully aware of the law surrounding their specific situation Does entering diversion require a… read more

What is an IID? What is an Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a machine that is installed into your car and requires a breath sample in order for the car to start. How does interlock work? Interlock is wired into the car’s starting device. In order for the vehicle to start, the driver is required to provide a breath sample. The… read more

Columbus, Ohio First Offense Misdemeanor OVI (Alcohol)

In Columbus, Ohio, a first time misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of or Alcohol (OVI) charge will commonly fall in one of the following categories: (a)(1)(a) Operating while appreciably (noticeably) impaired – this offense will be charged as Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. Also known as a “simple OVI” (a)(1)(d) Operating with a… read more

What is Diversion? Should I participate in Diversion? Is Diversion worth my time?

What is Diversion? Diversion is the “get out of jail free” card for first offenders on minor charges. It is a program that allows a defendant to participate in classes, offer restitution, or do community service in exchange for their criminal charges to be dismissed. How does Diversion Work? Procedures Explanation of each step in… read more

Who’s the Best OVI Lawyer in Cincinnati

It’s not uncommon for our attorneys to be asked if we’re the best DUI lawyers in Cincinnati. While we certainly don’t lay claim to that title – we do strive to do our very best for each client. There are many factors to consider when looking for an attorney who will represent you in an… read more

Know Your Constitutional Rights

If you have been stopped by the police, you will need to know what your Constitutional Rights are: “You have the right to remain silent.” “You have the right to an attorney.” “You have the 4th Amendment right against any illegal search or seizure.” You have the right to remain silent When you are pulled… read more

Annie’s Law (HB 388) – First Offense DUI in Ohio

What are the penalties for a first offense OVI in Ohio? On April 6, 2017 Ohio’s DUI Law will undergo yet another major change. At that time, House Bill 388 will take effect. The Ohio Legislature passed it on December 6, 2016. It is commonly referred to as Annie’s Law. Annie’s Law is named after… read more

Ohio First Offense for Misdemeanor OVI

Until April 6, 2017 in Ohio, a first misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs – OVI charge will fall into one of the following categories: Operating Under the Influence (OVI) – this offense will be charged as a First Degree Misdemeanor with penalties ranging from 3-180 days in jail and… read more

Kentucky First Offense for Misdemeanor DUI

In Kentucky, a person convicted of a first misdemeanor driving under the influence – DUI charge can expect the following: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – this offense will be charged as a misdemeanor with penalties ranging from 48 hours to 30 days in jail and /or a fine of $200-$500 Driving Under the Influence… read more

When can I drive after an OVI arrest?

It depends. When you are arrested for suspicion of OVI in Ohio you will most likely be asked to take a chemical test by providing the police with a blood, breath, or urine sample. If the test result takes time to analyze like with blood and urine you will not be suspended immediately. The officer… read more