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Thursday, February 14, 2019

I've Been Charged with a DUI in Ohio. Now What?

When you’ve been charged with a DUI, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Fear, anger, anxiety, and stress are but a few of the many emotions people deal with when facing the prospects of a permanent criminal record, hefty fines, and possible jail time. Luckily, there are steps you can take following a DUI arrest that will greatly improve your chances of a successful outcome. Below are some tips on what to do when you’ve been charged with a DUI in Ohio. 

Hire a DUI lawyer 

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney to handle your case. A lawyer who specializes in DUI charges will guide you through the legal process and ensure that you receive the most effective representation possible. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys have years of experience fighting DUI charges, and we’ll utilize that experience to fight your charges. 

Attend your arraignment 

 The arraignment in your case is an official hearing where you enter a plea. With the assistance and guidance of your attorney, you will determine what the proper plea in your case should by assessing the pros and cons of each option. In addition, at your arraignment your attorney may be able to request that certain driving privileges be reinstated.  

Plan for possible insurance issues

 One of the negative consequences of a DUI conviction is that you could either be dropped from your insurance policy or be forced into a high-risk insurance plan. Of course, a solid legal defense will increase your odds of avoiding conviction and any changes to your insurance.  

Take cost into account   

 It's important to remember that there are costs involved with DUI charges, even if they are eventually dropped. Potential costs include:

  • Court fines
  • Court costs
  • Attorney fees
  • Rehabilitation program costs
  • Driver license reinstatement costs

Remain aware of the possible consequences of a DUI conviction

If you are convicted of a DUI, the possible consequences include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • The loss of driving privileges
  • A criminal record 

Due to these potential consequences, it's imperative that you hire a law firm that will aggressively fight your charges. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys will work with you to devise the best possible defense strategy for your case. Our Ohio attorneys regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio who have been charged with DUI, utilizing our extensive criminal defense experience to ensure that all of our clients receive the strongest defense possible. In addition, we understand the terrible anxiety engendered by a DUI arrest and its possible consequences. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to treat you with respect and compassion as we fight for your rights. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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