Criminal & DUI Defense
Northeast Ohio Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ.
Alcohol-related traffic charges, such as driving under the influence (DUI) and operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI) can result in serious and lifelong consequences. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney like Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. in order to learn your legal options and to protect your legal rights.
Ohio DUI Laws
In Ohio, there are two legal limits for blood alcohol level (BAC) — 0.08 and 0.17. If a driver has a BAC of 0.08, he or she is deemed to be “per se intoxicated,” which means that no additional proof of driving impairment is required. Additionally, if a person is found to have a BAC of 0.17 or higher, he or she will be subject to enhanced penalties. Drivers under the age of 21 must not have a BAC of 0.02 or higher.
Ohio DUI Penalties
Ohio has some of the strictest penalties for DUI/OVI in the country. Penalties for DUI/OVI can be severe, even for a first offense. If convicted, you could face license suspension, hefty fines, vehicle disablement, required OVI offender license plates, ignition interlock, and mandatory jail time. If you test over the legal limit or fail to submit to a breath alcohol test you face a mandatory minimum Administrative License Suspension (ALS) unless you correctly appeal the suspension.
Aside from court-mandated penalties, your insurance premiums will likely increase and drunk driving charges can do significant harm to your reputation. Court-imposed driving limitations may also impact your ability to get to and from work as well.
Get the Legal Help You Need from an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney
The most common method for testing BAC is the Breathalyzer test, which can sometimes be unreliable. DUI defense attorney Matthew Bangerter handles all matters related to the defense of your drunk driving charge, including challenging the reliability of the Breathalyzer equipment used, appearing in criminal court as your advocate, and negotiating with the prosecution to obtain a reduced sentence. As a skilled DUI defense attorney, Matthew Bangerter understands drunk driving laws, and he will strive to obtain a dismissal or reduction of the charges against you. He understands that maintaining your driving privileges is of the utmost importance, so he will also seek to minimize or avoid any suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
As a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney, Matthew Bangerter understands the importance of a close examination of the evidence and circumstances surrounding your DUI charge, including the traffic stop, any BAC testing equipment used, and contact with law enforcement officers. He will closely examine the circumstances surrounding your DUI charges to determine whether the police had probable cause to pull you over and whether the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests were properly administered.
If you have been charged with a DUI/OVI or any other alcohol-related crime, DUI defense attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. can help. Click here for a free initial consultation or call (440) 241-4237 to start planning your defense.
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