Summer is in full swing in the Glass City of Toledo. Residents are enjoying the warmer weather and long days throughout the city. But if your summer fun mixes drinking and driving, it may come to a quick end.
This summer law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio are changing their tactics to rid the streets of drunk drivers. Previously, police have used DUI checkpoints to catch those who are guilty of operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). The drawback for this method is that the locations of DUI checkpoints are legally required to be published before the checkpoints go into effect. Police will now be using saturation patrols instead. These patrols will allow them to monitor a much larger area that has been identified as having a higher portion of OVI arrests.
If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense as a result of this increased vigilance, it is very important that you contact a qualified OVI attorney as soon as possible. An OVI case in Ohio has several time sensitive aspects and if you do not meet the deadlines set forth, you can risk enduring some very severe consequences.
For example, at the time of your arrest your Ohio driver’s license is automatically suspended. If you do not file a response with the court within 30 days, you will risk losing your driving privileges permanently.
Other penalties for OVI include fines ranging from $250 to $10,000, mandatory participation in an alcohol treatment program, vehicle seizure, and even jail time. Intoxication will be determined based on one of several chemical tests, such as breathe, blood or saliva, but even if you do not submit to a chemical test, your license may still be suspended. The legal limit for intoxication in Ohio, as well as most other states, is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08.
Drunk driving is a serious crime in Ohio. Make sure you give your case the time and attention it deserves by securing the services of an experienced OVI lawyer.