First off, your DUI is not a simple matter. It is complex, but not complicated.
A DUI is a misdemeanor of the first degree. It is also the most serious of all misdemeanors’ of the first degree.
It is even more serious than some felonies! Especially, a felony that is eligible for diversion and ultimately expungement.
Even on a first DUI, you are exposed to the following consequences: mandatory jail, mandatory fine, mandatory license suspension, time where you can’t get driving privileges, up to 5 years probation, random drug/urine screens, fee for and attendance of a 72-hour driver intervention program, additional costs for probation, drug and alcohol treatment, ignition interlock, special red license plates, it can cause you to lose your job, limit your employment options in the future, it is not eligible for expungement, 6 points on license toward a 12-point suspension in any 24 month period, and 3 years for insurance premiums.
It requires diligent examination of police reports, statements, Miranda rights, validity of the stop, detention, and arrest, 911 records, police videos, checks of the calibration of the testing equipment, substantial compliance with standardized field sobriety tests, etc.
This evidence is rarely prepared fully and hand delivered to the defense attorney in court. Most times it requires careful evaluation for missing information leaving the diligent lawyer to seek it on his own.
It also requires evaluation of the State’s compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Administrative Code, Ohio Department of Health Code, Field Sobriety Testing Standards, etc.
DUI defense is not something any lawyer can just show up and do. It takes time and dedication to become familiar with the process. It is always in your best interest to find out how many other areas your lawyer practices in.
Ask your attorney how many Motions to Suppress he has done on DUI cases. Ask him how many cases he has tried.
All Ohio Lawyers have to maintain 24 hours of continuing education every two years. You can ask your prospective lawyer how many of those hours were spent reviewing the area of DUI defense.
And remember, if you or a family member has been arrested for DUI in the Cincinnati Area – including: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, and Greene Counties – give our office a call at 513.333.0014….24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Because now is the perfect time to put a team that includes a former police officer and two former prosecutors to work….for you!