There are several kinds of DUI and OVI charges in Ohio, and a Super DUI occurs when someone blows above a .170 on a breathalyzer. This is considered a Tier 2 DUI, and can be a pretty intimidating charge for someone to have hanging above their head.
That said, with proper consultation (we’d prefer if you’d let us do the work) there are some ways to get the charge lessened. While we would love to tell you that there is a 100 percent chance of getting a Super DUI knocked down to a regular DUI, it is not always possible. The chances are helped by having good representation and through certain particulars of your situation (IE do you have a previous DUI record, how you acted toward the police, etc.).
Simply put, knocking out a Super DUI charge is tough and requires a solid strategy between you and your attorney. Contact Taubman Law if you have further questions about this matter and we’ll be happy to fight for your rights.
We recently helped make sure a client got the best result possible in Garfield Heights Municipal Court. Our client was facing a Tier Three DUI, which is two total OVIs within six years along with a refusal to blow. Needless to say, this was a grave concern for our client, and we worked hard to make sure we presented the best case possible. In the end, the charges were reduced to a first time defense, ensuring our client’s criminal record wasn’t heavily damaged. Moreover, this result will keep insurance rates from skyrocketing.
If you need attorneys who will fight for your rights, contact Taubman Law today. If you would like to start by asking a few questions, email Brian Taubman.
If you found this blog, you’re either interested in OVI in Ohio, have recently been charged, know someone who has been charged or are just curious.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI or OVI, your head is probably spinning as you ask yourself the normal questions: What are the next steps? How much trouble could I be in if convicted? How much will I spend trying to prove my innocence?
It’s OK. First, let’s take a deep breath. The legal process from here can be a bit tricky, so the next thing you need to is consult a lawyer who can help you navigate. Of course that, too, can be tough. If you type DUI lawyer into Google you’ll be overwhelmed with the results. How do you select one when so many come up? You take careful steps to pick an attorney who will act as a guide through the legal steps necessary to properly defend yourself. And to do that you need to create some standards before you hire anybody. To help with that I’ve created a troubleshooting guide.
Here are four questions you should be asking yourself as you look for a DUI or OVI attorney.
1. Are they concerned with aggressively fighting for you and your rights?
Many attorneys handle DUI cases like clockwork, looking to have you plea out at the first offer, meaning you’ll have a non-expungeable DUI on your record. While no outcome is guaranteed, your attorney should be helping you define a strategy that ensures someone is looking out for your long-term welfare. That means they should help you with a game plan that considers all of the options and explains the possibility of each.
2. Can this person explain the potential consequences and solutions in a way you understand?
Let me be honest with you: The legal world is the worst offender when it comes to jargon and technical speak. That can be tough when you are scared and have questions about what will happen to you. If an attorney can’t simply explain the process and your options to you, you’ll have a hard time being sure you were represented fairly. Find someone you can talk to through this difficult process.
3. Are you talking with your attorney?
It’s not a crime to be busy, but it’s certainly an insult when a lawyer is too busy to talk with you personally. If you’re in a tough spot, you should be able to get face to face interaction with your attorney when you want it. If you’ve tried to meet with your attorney and you ended up talking with someone else at the firm, or told to just send an e-mail, you’re at the wrong place.
4. Does this attorney have experience with DUI or OVI cases?
There are attorneys out there who are great at practicing everything from tax law to dispute resolution, but that doesn’t mean they know how to handle every case. Oftentimes people turn to an attorney they know or have used before in any situation, but that’s not always a good idea. You should always know the person representing you has experience in the practice area in which you have a need. I often use this example: Josh Cribbs is tremendous in the field of professional athletics, but I doubt I’d hire him to pitch a decisive game for the Indians. Different situations call for different expertise, so make sure you’re talking with someone who knows everything about DUI laws in the state of Ohio and understands the local legal system.
That’s all for this time. Feel free to ask a question in the comments field or contact me at briantaubman[at]taubmanlaw.net for more information. If you’re interested in my firm, Taubman Law, visit us at TaubmanLaw.net.