Any arrest is frightening and stressful. After spending the night in jail, you must come to terms with and face the potential of harsh penalties and consequences of an OVI arrest.

If a police officer stopped you  for suspicion of driving under the influence and it led to an arrest or charges, contacting a skilled DUI attorney to plan the best defense strategy will help you reach the best outcome in your case. Call Groth & Associates Attorneys at Law today to schedule a good time to meet and learn more about Toledo DUI arrests.

The Potential Penalties of a DUI Arrest

A conviction for driving under the influence will have a negative impact on many areas of your life. While each has minor differences, they are all severe in nature. Some of the potential penalties include the following:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Monetary penalties
  • Lengthy probation periods and installing an ignition interlock device
  • Jail or prison sentences
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment programs
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Permanent traffic record

There are two primary groups of severity for a DUI conviction: drivers with a blood alcohol content or BAC of 0.08 percent to 0.16 percent and drivers with a BAC of over 0.17 percent. The second group includes aggravated charges and will face harsher penalties. A qualified attorney experienced with Toledo DUI arrests can investigate and help determine the best action plan.

Potential Defense Strategies

There must be a legal and valid reason for  a traffic stop. A seasoned attorney can review the case and help determine if there was a good reason for the individual to have been pulled over. They can also check the sobriety test protocol and examine why the officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle.

Challenging the test results is also a sound defense. The tests are sometimes unreliable and certain circumstances could cause an invalid reading. Speaking with a skilled legal professional is the best way for the individual to plan their defense and for the future.

The Zero Tolerance Policy for Underage Drivers

There is a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under 21 years old. According to the Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19, any driver under the legal drinking age with a blood alcohol content over 0.02 percent will face severe penalties. These include four negative points on their driving record, license suspension for up to two years, jail for up to 30 days, fines, and other penalties. They  may also be subject to additional consequences, including:

  • Retaking the written and driving tests for a driver’s license
  • Use a yellow license plate to alert police officers to previous DUI arrest
  • Take an 8-hour driving class
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Attend alcohol treatment classes
  • Long-term driving probation

Underage motorists cannot purchase, possess, or consume alcohol at any time. Even an alcohol arrest that does not involve driving could lead to license suspension. An attorney who is knowledgeable about DUI arrests in Toledo can answer specific questions during a consultation.

Speak to a Qualified Attorney About Toledo DUI Arrests

Many believe that a DUI arrest will always mean conviction and penalties. While an arrest is always a serious matter, it is a misconception that beating the charges is impossible.

Reaching out to an attorney who is seasoned in Toledo DUI arrests is the best way to build a solid defense strategy and reach a positive outcome. Call our team now to get started reviewing the details of your case.