There Are Often Valid Defenses In OVI Cases
After being arrested or charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, or OVI, too many people give up hope that their case is winnable. Even if you feel like the evidence is stacked against you, there may be defenses that apply to your case. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. We may be able to help.
At Soroka & Associates, LLC, in Columbus, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights in Ohio OVI cases. We are known for our ability to investigate OVI charges and find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. While we may resolve your case out of court, we are always ready to go to trial if that is the best way to protect your rights and freedom. You can rely on our litigation skills and our toughness as trial attorneys. Learn more in a free consultation today.
Reasons The Case Against You May Be Weaker Than You Think
Law enforcement officers must follow strict procedures during a traffic stop and an arrest. They must also adhere to procedures when giving a blood, breath or urine test at the police station. Failure to do so may result in having the evidence thrown out, which can mean the charges are reduced or dismissed.
Some of the most common defenses to OVI cases include:
- Lack of probable cause: Did the police have probable cause to stop you? We will investigate why the officer pulled you over.
- Violations of your constitutional rights: Did the officer read you your Miranda rights when they arrested you? Were you questioned after you requested a lawyer?
- Conditions of the field sobriety tests: Even if you fail the field sobriety tests, we may be able to get the results suppressed. The weather, the road conditions where you took the tests, the way the officer administered the tests and whether you have a medical condition that affected your ability to take the tests under any circumstances are all reasons these results may be thrown out.
- How they administered the breath test at the police station: There are many ways to discredit breath test results. Was the person who gave you the test qualified to do so? Was the machine properly and recently calibrated? Did they wait until the 20-minute observation period was over before giving the test? Do you have a medical condition that would make the results unreliable? These are just a few of the numerous ways to fight breath test results.
Tell Us About Your Case Today
These are only a few examples of defenses to OVI. We want to hear about your arrest and the tests you took so we can discuss how the law may apply to you. We offer free consultations and are available 24/7. Just call us at 614-358-6525 or fill out our online form.