If you were arrested for a DUI, don’t plead guilty before you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney in Ohio. Let an attorney gather all the information about the case against you, and help you find a way to keep your driver’s license and potentially avoid a criminal record, and an aggressive attorney will know the strengths of your case, the mistakes law enforcement may have made during the arrest and how it can best be used to your advantage in court.

Failed the breathalyzer test in Ohio? You are still not automatically guilty. These machines are notoriously not perfect,  law enforcement often operates them incorrectly and they aren’t always maintained as required in Ohio. The truth is, the breathalyzer test can be inaccurate by up to plus or minus 12.5%, which leaves a large margin for error. A good criminal defense attorney will get the details and find if any mistakes or errors were made, the results of the test will be suppressed from being used against you as evidence.

Remember the very second you are pulled over law enforcement is building a case against you. Remain in your car with both hands visibly on the wheel. This will put the officer at ease by showing them that you are not fishing around in your vehicle for a potential weapon. If you end up being arrested, don’t say anything to the cops that will be used against you at a later time. Simply state that you would like to call an attorney.  A skilled criminal defense attorney will learn if the officer had probable cause for even pulling you over in the first place. You are protected under the fourth amendment. You and all citizens are protected from unwarranted, intrusive interrogations. The driver must exhibit signs of intoxication or reckless behavior due to drugs or alcohol. You cannot be stopped without reasonable cause. If the arresting officer cannot prove suspicions, your case may be dropped. If there is reasonable doubt that you were not intoxicated or impaired while driving, the court will dismiss your case.

If your Miranda Rights are not read to you during the arrest, the case is closed.  Every single American citizen is afforded these rights.

The Bottom Line:  Mistakes happen to everyone. Just because you have been charged with a DUI doesn’t mean you are guilty, nor does it mean you can’t possibly beat the DUI charges you’re facing. Many of us drink socially and all of us can find ourselves facing a DUI charge. Unfortunately, Ohio has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. If you are pulled over, be polite, but It’s your right to remain silent and ask to call a criminal defense attorney. Put my number in your phone and call me any day or night. 513-260-2099