It looks like sunny summer days are here to stay, but this summer Mother Nature won’t be the only one bringing the heat.
Ohio police are stepping up their vigilance in the effort to get drunk drivers off the streets. In recent months they have changed their tactics from employing primarily DUI checkpoints and are instead utilizing saturation patrols. These patrols allow officers the opportunity to cover a wider area which will include locations that have historically been areas with a higher portion of drunk driving arrests.
Saturation patrols have proved to be more effective than sobriety checkpoints because the law requires that the planned location for a sobriety checkpoint be published in advance.
If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense in the Cleveland/Lorain/Elyria area as a result of this increased dragnet, it is vitally important that you contact a qualified DUI/OVI attorney as soon as possible.
Drunk driving offenses in Ohio are referred to as DUI (driving under the influence) or OVI (operating a vehicle impaired). Drunk driving is a serious offense in Ohio and the penalties assigned to it are just as serious. Any driver arrested for an OVI offense in the Cleveland metro area will receive an automatic license suspension.
Additional penalties may include up to a year in jail, up to $10,000 in fines, completion of a mandatory alcohol treatment program, and potential loss of their vehicle.
Handling a DUI/OVI case in Ohio is a complex process and one that can sap you of valuable time and energy. In order to ensure that all factors of your case are considered, you should seek the advice of a knowledgeable DUI/OVI lawyer.