Zukerman, Lear, & Murray’s attorneys are experienced and prepared to handle any and all criminal traffic cases, including OVIs and DUIs, no matter how seemingly minor.
In Ohio, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs is known as operating a motor vehicle impaired (OVI). The judicial process is a complicated one, and the penalties for a conviction are severe – worse for those with commercial driver’s licenses. A DUI/OVI conviction remains on your record forever, and can result in jail time, loss of license, major insurance problems and having your record exposed to anyone searching your background.
The good news is there are many things that can be done to help prevent a conviction. In certain cases, a prosecutor may be willing to reduce a DUI / OVI charge to lesser offenses. Some of the most common, but by no means all, mitigating factors that diligent and thorough case research can reveal include:
- No reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop
- No signs of intoxication
- Improper administration of field sobriety tests
- Standard field sobriety tests misinterpreted
- Unlawful arrest
- Failure to advise your right to refuse
- Breath test inadmissible
Attorneys at Zukerman go to unparalleled lengths to ensure all the evidence regarding your DUI/OVI charge is on the table. With us fighting for your rights, you will know exactly what evidence a prosecutor will have at their disposal when your case comes to trial and where the weaknesses in the case lie.
If you feel avoiding conviction is impossible, in all likelihood, that is an assumption you are not qualified to make. Considering the ramifications this charge can have on your life, you owe it to yourself to have an experienced Zukerman attorney look into your case.
After receiving a traffic ticket, many people are most concerned about keeping points off of their driver’s licenses to avoid an increase in their insurance premiums. ZDL’s lawyers are well equipped to handle any such traffic cases, and regularly convince prosecutors to reduce traffic charges carrying points to non-point, non-moving violations.
Additionally, however, what many people fail to understand is just how complicated Ohio’s traffic laws truly are, and how quickly several minor traffic tickets can turn into enhanced, jail-able offenses and/or warrants for arrest.
For example, under Ohio law, a speeding ticket is considered a “moving violation”, is a minor misdemeanor, and generally is punishable by up to a $150.00 fine, court costs and two (2) points on your license. However, in some cities, such as the City of Cleveland, if someone receives more than one (1) moving violation in one (1) year, (such as two (2) speeding tickets within 12 months) the second violation is charged as a Fourth Degree Misdemeanor, punishable by up to thirty (30) days in jail.
It is the little-known nuances of Ohio’s complicated traffic laws that ZDL’s attorneys have seen completely blindside otherwise good, law-abiding citizens.
What someone initially believes is just another traffic ticket that they can pay through the mail, might actually be a Misdemeanor of the Fourth Degree, carrying a potential of jail time.
Call ZDL today if you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal traffic offense.