Attorney Scott A. Rubenstein
If you are arrested for a DUI in Ohio, you will have to appear before a judge for arraignment where you will be formally charged with a crime. You either need to respond to the charge by pleading guilty or not guilty. Most importantly, you have the right to a criminal defense attorney. Pleading guilty will go on your permanent record and not guilty will allow you the chance to plea bargain and go to trial. Your lawyer will go over all the evidence against you and defend you against the allegations. The best criminal defense attorney will file the motions, gather and examine the evidence, investigate and questions law enforcement who made the arrest and make sure all of your rights are protected.
A competent criminal defense attorney will tell you that pleading guilty is almost always the wrong decision. Once a guilty plea is entered, a record of conviction remains. The judge only has the discretion to decide what sentence will be imposed, they don’t have the power to change the charge or make it less serious. Pleading guilty means that a chance will never be given a chance to see if there was a legitimate defense to the charges.
Remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty in America. The prosecutor must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence they have could be weak or invalid and there is the chance to challenge it. An experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney will look for any and all issues with the evidence. There are cases everyday where law enforcement have improperly administered the tests, illegally made a traffic search, breath tests are subject to malfunctions and test problems, or rights were not given at the time of the stop. There are always weaknesses in the state’s case to work with and I know how to work for a favorable resolution.
The Bottom Line: If you are arrested for a DUI, the first thing you should do is call me. There are very few things as scary as having your freedom on the line. All criminal cases have different factors and the state’s attorney must prove them beyond a reasonable doubt. The criminal justice system is designed for everyone to plead not guilty. Let me examine the evidence and find any errors made by law enforcement. Let me negotiate with the prosecutor. Call me. 513-260-2099