Myth #1: It’s Illegal to Drink and Drive

Guess what? If you are over the age of 21, it’s absolutely legal to have a shot, a beer, or a glass of wine and then drive a car, as long as you aren’t legally intoxicated or drinking while behind the wheel. For some, a couple of drinks won’t register on a breathalyzer. For others, however, two drinks will register as legally drunk.   How many drinks it will take to get to a specific BAC depends on gender (fewer drinks for women), height, weight and whether your liver’s working properly. The bigger you are, the more blood you have and the more drinks it will take. If you drink responsibly and allow enough time, then your blood alcohol content will be minimal.

Myth #2: A Plea of Guilty is the only solution to an OUI

Fighting an OUI charge is possible, but you need the best criminal defense attorney to help you. Mistakes happen to everyone. Just because you have been charged with an OUI doesn’t mean you are guilty, nor does it mean you can’t possibly beat the OUI charges you’re facing. Many of us drink socially and all of us can find ourselves facing a DUI charge. Let Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Rubenstein 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. Scott 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.

Myth #3: You are required to take field sobriety tests

You actually are not required to take any testing in Ohio. Law Enforcement will probably make you feel like you have to take them, but in reality, that’s not true. Be polite with law enforcement and always cooperate. But inform them that you will not do anything you are not legally required to do. Most police don’t let you know that these tests are voluntary. Because breathalyzers have so often proven untrustworthy, the courts no longer require you to consent to a breathalyzer.  Additionally, Ohio Law doesn’t account for peoples’ varying alcohol tolerances. At a level of intoxication where you might say you were just “buzzed”, Ohio law will likely dictate instead that you are “drunk.” 

The Bottom Line: People who have been arrested for drunk driving often feel as if they must plead guilty, they often also feel as if they have no need of a criminal defense attorney. As a result, many people choose to plead guilty to an OUI without any advocate or support on their side. Criminal Defense Attorney, Scott Rubenstein has handled many OUI cases in Ohio. He will study your situation thoroughly and provide you with the best results. Call him at 513.260.2099