The criminal and traffic defense attorneys from our law firm will defend your rights in court. We will work with you so that you understand all aspects of your Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) case, such as:
- Any potential fines you may be facing
- Penalties to your driver license (points) and how that impacts your driving privileges
- Driving suspensions that might arise from a traffic stop
If you receive a traffic ticket, you should sign it. Failure to do so could result in your arrest. However, your signature is not an agreement with the traffic ticket or an admission of guilt. Your signature only indicates that you received notice of the alleged infraction. The traffic ticket can be objected to later by your defense attorney.
Remember that a prosecutor can use anything you say or do against you. Our law office understands that traffic stops are often stressful times. When we get pulled over for speeding tickets, we are usually running late or in a hurry. In addition, events can suddenly arise that can cause us to lose focus and miss stop signs, such as an argument with a loved one or spilling a drink in your lap. Having a bad day at work can make us agitated and angry behind the wheel during our drive home and cause us to act aggressively towards other drivers on the road. Our criminal defense attorneys have seen all of this and more. Once a police officer initiates a traffic stop, it is time to remain calm, polite, and focused.
Steps to take during a traffic stop:
- Exercise your right to remain silent, and politely inform the officer that you will be exercising this right. Our law firm recommends that you provide your name, address, and date of birth when asked. After that, you should not engage in conversations until you have a chance to speak to your traffic defense lawyer. Remember, a friendly and professional police officer is not your friend or confidant.
- Don’t argue with, or lie to, law enforcement officers. Please don’t complain about the traffic stop, tell the officer that they are wrong, or threaten to file a lawsuit. You want to remain calm and not escalate a simple traffic ticket into something much more severe. Too many criminal cases start with a traffic stop that went badly.
- Please keep your hands where the police can see them. Only reach for your license and registration once the officer has directed you to do so. You must show your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration if the officer requests it. If you cannot do so, your traffic ticket lawyer can help correct any infractions cited at a later date. You can let the officer know you do not have your driver’s license, proof of insurance, or registration with you. Inform them that you will correct the issue as soon as you are able. If you fix these issues, please communicate this and provide proof to your attorney before your court date in municipal court.
If you are detained as the result of a traffic stop:
- Should an officer detain or arrest you as the result of a traffic stop, ask for a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
- Never consent to a search without a search warrant. If an officer has a search warrant, politely ask to see it and comply if they can produce proper documentation. There are times when an officer may search you even without your consent. It is crucial that you remain calm and comply but maintain that the officer does not have your permission. Should this be a violation of your rights, you can be sure that an attorney will use this to your benefit during any criminal defense proceedings that follow.
- Do not touch or attempt to obstruct any law enforcement officers on the scene. By not interfering, you can ensure that things go as well as they can for you until an attorney can step in to assist. Do not resist arrest or attempt to flee regardless of your innocence or guilt. These actions can be used against you and may add additional charges to any future legal case against you.
- Write down everything you can remember about the incident so that you can share this with your attorney. If there are witnesses, try to get names, statements, and contact information.
- Police may frisk or search anyone that they believe to be armed, including passengers. Remember, it is vital that you comply with the police officer’s request. Take notes on the situation and get any witness statements that you can to support your account.
- If you are injured, ensure that photographs are taken as quickly as possible, but seek medical attention first before collecting any evidence that your lawyer needs.
Should your traffic stop occur due to a suspected OVI, the police may require you to take a physical or chemical test to determine your sobriety.
- After a suspected OVI, refusal to take a field sobriety test could result in the immediate suspension of your license. We do want you to remember that you have the right to refuse a breath or urine test, despite the officer’s insistence. If a judge grants a warrant for a blood sample, we recommend that you comply.
- If you get your license suspended for lack of cooperation, your attorney can appeal the suspension in court.
- Should a test determine that you have a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit, immediate suspension of your license will occur. To learn more about the kinds of driver license suspensions related to alcohol and drug use, you can visit the Ohio BMV Website.
- Your attorney can appeal this license suspension for you in court and may even be able to appeal even if you have failed breath testing or a urine test
- If you have previous OVI offenses, you will experience increased penalties and consequences if convicted. An experienced attorney may not be able to save you from all of these consequences. Still, they can work to minimize the impact on your life and liberty.
We proudly serve the following communities throughout Central and Southeastern Ohio:
- Fairfield County
- Franklin County
- Hocking County
- Licking County
- Pickaway County
- Baltimore, Ohio
- Buckeye Lake
- Canal Winchester
- Greater Columbus Ohio Area
- Lancaster, Ohio
- Newark, Ohio
- other locations nearby
Check out the nearest location to you by clicking on Our Locations Page.
Will an OVI and traffic ticket attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
While some meetings will need to occur in our offices, we try to minimize your travel time. We offer two convenient office locations in Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. Our goal is to reduce the disruption to your life caused by legal issues and conduct most communications or meetings through emails or phone calls. However, we realize that clients can’t reach us in certain circumstances, and we may be required to visit your location. For example, suppose you retain a Dagger Law attorney to represent you. In that case, they will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures to represent you anywhere in Ohio! Please note that in some instances, the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances if we are able.
If you don’t see your particular issue listed above, that is no problem! We enjoy a challenge and are happy to assist you with the legal issue that you are facing. Use our convenient Contact Page to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal matter with an attorney.
Q: What is the difference between a DUI, DWI, OMVI, and OVI?
A: These are all commonly used terms to describe operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A DUI is Driving Under the Influence. DWI stands for Driving While Impaired. OMVI is Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired. Ohio adopted OVI or Operating a Vehicle Impaired because it is a crime in Ohio to operate almost any vehicle while impaired. This includes a bicycle or a horse-drawn carriage. So a motor isn’t needed for this to be a crime.