Summer in Cincinnati is a time of fun in the sun with longer days and warmer weather, but if you are adding drinking and driving to the mix as well, your summer fun may be in short supply.
This summer law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio are on the lookout for drunk drivers and they are changing their tactics to ensure that they are even more effective.
Previously, police used mostly DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers, but in recent months they have moved to saturation patrols instead. The benefit of these patrols is that police can cover a much wider area, including locations that have a history of higher than average drunk driving arrests.
In contrast to DUI checkpoints, the locations targeted for saturation patrols do not have to be publicized. If you have been arrested as a result of this increased vigilance, you should contact a knowledgeable DUI/OVI attorney as soon as possible.
Drunk driving in Ohio is actually referred to as OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) and is a very serious offense. The penalties for a drunk driving offense are serious as well, with fines ranging from $250 to $10,000, depending on the circumstances of your case and your prior driving record.
Additionally, the driver may be subject to mandatory alcohol treatment programs, the loss of their vehicle, and possibly even jail time. All drivers arrested for OVI will have their license suspended automatically. This suspension may last anywhere from 90 days to 5 years.
OVI cases are governed by a tangled web of laws and procedures and their consequences can have serious long-term effects. You must ensure that all of the unique factors in your case are taken into consideration and you are able to retain the maximum number of your privileges with regard to driving. In order to do this you must retain the services of a qualified DUI/OVI lawyer who can walk you through this complicated process.