Columbus Ohio DUI Lawyer Jay Schwart
Your best defense when charged with DUI / OVI
Being charged with DUI/OVI can have a substantial impact on your life, family and employment. You face potential confinement (including the 3 day driver intervention programs), mandatory driver’s license suspensions, high fines, driver’s license reinstatement fees, court costs, driver’s license points, and increased insurance costs. Ohio is continually passing new laws and Rules to make it appear that there are no defenses to DUI/OVIs. However, as a result of my experience, I understand the ways to challenge the validity of blood/breath alcohol testing (BAC testing), to challenge the validity of a refusal to undergo BAC testing, and to challenge the validity of immediate administrative driver’s license suspensions (ALS). Often these defenses are not considered by attorneys and raised in court. I have the knowledge, experience and creativity to raise the proper defenses and fight for your rights, including the willingness to go to trial.
Columbus Ohio DUI Law and Penalties FAQs
Do you really need to hire a DUI lawyer?
Yes, its recommended. DUI/OVIs have a dramatic effect on a client's life, employment, and family. My knowledge and understanding of the technical, scientific and legal complexity of DUI/OVIs, allows me to discover potential questions in many DUI/OVI cases, which when properly brought before a court, may benefit the person charged...more
Should I take the field sobriety tests?
There is no "one" correct answer to this question. There can be risks and benefits associated with either the decision to perform field sobriety tests or the decision to refuse to perform the tests. Good performance may prevent arrest or be useful in defending a case. Poor performance may provide evidence of intoxication and alcohol/drug impairment...more
What Can Be Used Against Me As Evidence Of DUI?
Everything from the manner of driving, to BAC test results, to what is or is not said or done by the person accused until he/she is released to go home, is potential evidence. Evidence can be witness' testimony, documents, photographs and other tangible things obtained by either the prosecution or the accused...more
Should I take the breathalyzer?
As with field sobriety tests, there is no "one" correct answer. Under Ohio law, every person who operates a motor vehicle is presumed to consent to taking Breath, Urine and/or Blood Tests (BAC tests). This is known as the "implied consent law.". However, a person accused of DUI/OVI may refuse a BAC test, except under circumstances when an officer "may employ any reasonable means necessary" to make an individual submit to a BAC test....more