Things to Look For When Hiring an Ohio OVI Lawyer

Charged with an Ohio OVI? Trying to figure out which attorney to hire? There are a number of factors to consider when hiring an attorney to handle your OVI charge in Ohio.

First and foremost, does the OVI lawyer know the current Ohio OVI law? Don't be afraid to ask an attorney you are interviewing when Ohio's OVI laws were last changed, modified or revised. At the time of this Comment, the most recent change was 09/30/08. Has the attorney actually read the revised statute from beginning to end (Ohio Revised Code section 4511.19). Ask if they have attended any recent seminars that included a review of the current version of the law. And finally, ask what are the mandatory sentencing provisions that would apply to you, if convicted.

Next, ask the potential attorney how many OVI cases they handle a year( both overall and how many in the court you will be in). While a large volume is not necessarily indicative of their ability, it certainly lends itself to familiarity with the law, the Court and the prosecutor that you may be dealing with.

Another good fact to know is how many OVI trials has the attorney done. When was the last time they tried a OVI to a JURY??? It's easy for attorneys to say "I handle OVI's," but the fact is, the number of attorneys who actually fight them, especially all the way through trial, is VERY small. When was the last time the attorney you are considering "put on the armour and went to batlle"?

If your case involves a breath test, is the attorney you are considering telling you right away that he/she will work on getting you the minimum mandatory sentence? Or is the attorney asking questions about your drinking history on the night you were charged, your food consumption, do you have G.E.R.D., how many times did you have to blow into the breathalyzer? There are many approaches to actually fighting a breath test and the attorney you choose should be familiar with the breathalyzer you blew into, how it works and the various possible defenses you may raise.

If on the other hand, you drove up onto the sidewalk, puked on the officers shoes and asked him to hold your beer as you climbed out of the car, how will the attorney mitigate these facts?

There are many things to consider when interviewing or hiring an attorney to handle an Ohio OVI charge. The attorney who drafted your will or handles your business contracts is very likely NOT the person you need or want to handle your Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI charge. With the Ohio OVI laws / DUI laws constantly changing and increasing in complexity, it is critical to your best interest that you have a qualified and competent OVI lawyer to represent you!


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