If you have been charged with a DWI, DUI or OVI offense in the state of Ohio, you may face severe penalties. Because the stakes are so high, you need a qualified, experienced OVI attorney like John B. Shepherd in your corner.
About DUI, DWI and OVI Offenses in Ohio
DWI (Driving while intoxicated), DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) all refer to the same type of offense. In the state of Ohio, the term “OVI” is used most frequently.
The penalties for an OVI conviction vary considerably and depend on the severity of the offense and your criminal history. The standard punishments for OVI offenses are as follows:
- First offense – Up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Your license will also be suspended for six months to three years.
- Second offense – Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. Your license will also be suspended for one to five years.
- Third offense – Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. Your license will also be suspended for one to ten years.
- Fourth offense – Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Your license will also be suspended for three or more years.
Do I Need an OVI Lawyer?
If you have been charged with an OVI, you may decide to represent yourself or hire a lawyer. You may also elect to accept counsel from a public defender. However, because your freedom and ability to drive are both at stake in these cases, it is best to hire a trustworthy, experienced lawyer to represent you in court. A skilled OVI attorney can review the facts surrounding your case and help you build the best possible defense. Your lawyer will also be able to help you evaluate any plea bargains presented to you.
Here at the Law Offices of John B. Shepherd, we understand how overwhelming OVI charges can be. We are familiar with all of the applicable Ohio laws, and we can help you fight for your freedom in court. If you are facing OVI charges in Ohio, please contact the Law Offices of John B. Shepherd today to schedule a consultation.
Speeding & Traffic Tickets can present a serious problem for drivers at any age. At the Law Offices of John B. Shepherd, we have helped hundreds of people fight traffic offenses. These violations can go onto your permanent record and cause untold problems in your future if you do not defend yourself. We have over 37 year’s experience in this area of law practice, and have fought for our clients’ rights against DUI/DWI charges and other traffic offenses that could lead to high fines, jail time or license suspension.
Law Offices of John B. Shepherd
Our legal services are always customized for your unique needs. We are a client focused, results driven law firm that serves people statewide. Our primary client services are in the areas of law included under Criminal Defense, Business Law, Estate Planning and Family Law. We have handled well over 500 cases of Speeding & Traffic Tickets, helping those clients fight charges, make appeals and, in some cases, we have argued for having their records expunged.
Attorney John B. Shepherd
A compassionate and dedicated legal professional, Attorney John B. Shepherd has served people statewide with legal advice, counsel and representation for a variety of legal matters. John earned his Law Degree from Cleveland State’s Marshall College of Law, in 1978 and was licensed to practice law in Ohio that same year. For over 36 years, he has provided individualized legal services to thousands of people who needed his exceptional legal skills.
Attorney Shepherd provides experienced legal assistance and representation for clients dealing with legal issues in several areas of law practice, including:
- Speeding & Traffic Tickets, DUI & DWI
- Business Law
- Probate & Estate Planning
- Criminal Defense
- Divorce & Separation
Ohio Speeding & Traffic Tickets Attorney
Many elements can affect the validity of traffic tickets, so it is always worth your time to have our Ohio Speeding & Traffic Ticket Attorney review your case. We may be able to get a reduction of your offense, or even elimination of the charge, depending on the specific case circumstances. If you are convicted of a traffic offense, it will remain on your permanent record. Your freedom and ability to work and drive may also be affected if your license is suspended.