If you’ve been charged with an OVI (commonly known as a DUI), you may not know what to do next. You may hear conflicting cases for partnering with an attorney. So what’s the truth? The truth is that even if you think you are guilty with no defense at all, you are doing yourself a serious injustice by not calling an attorney. Experienced OVI attorneys have a wealth of knowledge that can help you get a not guilty verdict, or help reduce the charges. There is no such thing as a “guaranteed loser” when it comes to an OVI.
First-time OVI / DUI offense
If this is your first offense, you want to contact a lawyer such as Bentoff & Duber before pleading guilty. We offer free consultations that will help steer you in the right direction. Many times, retaining an attorney on a first OVI offense can give you better odds of beating your case or convincing the prosecutor to go easy on you!
All cases are different, and ski
lled, experienced lawyers will be able to identify your best defense. We at Bentoff & Duber recommend at least consulting with a lawyer before moving forward on your own without an attorney. For a free legal consultation from our OVI / DUI experts, call 216-861-1234 to get started.
Repeat OVI / DUI offense
Things can get a bit more complicated if you’re charged with a second or subsequent OVI. If this is not your first offense, you should contact an attorney right away. A second, third or fourth offense can lead to substantial jail time, increased fines and increased restrictions on your driver’s license. Teaming up with an experienced OVI attorney to create your best defense is even more important on a repeat OVI / DUI because of these increased repercussions.
Choose a lawyer experienced OVI / DUI criminal defense law. Partnering with a proven and capable legal team is the best thing you can do to defend yourself.
Whether it’s your first OVI / DUI offense, or a repeat one, there are some circumstances that you’ll definitely want to work with a lawyer to tackle because they may be able to help you get the best outcome based on these factors. These include:
- Police officers improperly instructing or grading field sobriety tests
- Discrepancies with your breath test results (varying BACs)
- Police officers not having a proper foundation to reasonably believe you were under the influence
- Knowing how to beat your case at trial
If any of these circumstances resonate with you, if you have determined you want a good defense to your charges, if you are worried about losing your job due to an OVI / DUI conviction or if you’re just not sure what you should do, contact Bentoff & Duber.
About the author: Brandon Duber, a Partner with Bentoff & Duber Co., LPA, is a lawyer with proven experience in the courtroom and expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and his J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.