If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, it would be wise to contact a dedicated and experienced Dayton DUI attorney immediately. The State of Ohio has declared war on drunk drivers and has adopted harsh laws to deter the offense. A DUI conviction may trigger multiple unpleasant and unintended consequences: driver’s license suspension, criminal penalties, stress, financial and time obligations, and perhaps even the loss of your job.
Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to representing the accused drunk driver. He can help you during this difficult time. The skilled lawyers and staff at the Dayton DUI defense firm are devoted to helping clients accused of driving under the influence. They pledge to properly investigate the unique circumstances of your arrest and present facts and evidence that benefits your case.
The penalties for DUI in Ohio include jail time, probation, expensive fines, and mandatory drug and alcohol classes, even for first-time offenders. Multiple offenders or people who test over a .17% face more mandatory time in jail, as well as even larger fines.
Ohio has set mandatory driver's license suspensions and automatically suspends your license if you test over a .08 or refuse to take a chemical test. In some jurisdictions, you may face mandatory forced blood draws if you refuse to blow into the machine. The mandatory license suspension is accompanied by "hard time" wherein you cannot drive at all, allowing for privileges only after an uncomfortably long period of time has passed.
In addition to these criminal penalties, you will also face consequences in your day-to-day life. Your automobile insurance rates may skyrocket as the result of a DUI conviction. It’s possible that your automobile insurance company may even decide to drop your coverage altogether. You will also need SR-22 insurance coverage in order to have your driver’s license reinstated. If your current job requires a clean driving or criminal record, you may be terminated. Finding future employment may even be difficult, due to the background checks that many employers run on prospective employees.
DUI law is complex, due to the fact that drinking and driving laws change so frequently and involves a depth of knowledge in fields as diverse as forensic chemistry, gas chromatography and accident reconstruction. It is crucial that you hire an experienced DUI lawyer who stays on top of changes in Ohio’s tough DUI laws. Charles Rowland attends cutting edge continuing education classes in order to become skilled in the latest technology and defense strategies.
To begin discussing your case with a skilled Dayton DUI defense lawyer, contact Charles M. Rowland for a free initial consultation at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384). He will contact you and thoroughly explain the charges you are facing as well as the next steps you should take to protect your rights.