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Do I need an attorney for a DUI? | Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana DUI • OVI • Criminal Law

You always need an attorney when you go to court.

It’s not necessarily mandatory.

You’ve got a right to represent yourself, but most courts will not take a plea from a client that doesn’t have a lawyer or hasn’t consulted with one.

It’s very important, even from the courts perspective, to talk with a lawyer, because DUI is one of the most complex areas of loss that we deal with in the municipal court level and sometimes even in the felony court level.

Lawyers that are familiar with your court in your situation and the laws pertaining to your situation can help facilitate getting you driving privileges as soon as you’re eligible.

You have a one shot opportunity to hire the right lawyer or right group of lawyers like here at Suhre & Associates to help you with your case.

If we can help you avoid a conviction that’s going to be the best result for you.

Call Suhre & Associates.

Robert Healey, Attorney at Law
Suhre & Associates, LLC

What happens after my first DUI? | Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana DUI • OVI

When your charged with an OVI, if its your first time or your fifth time, there are so many things that an attorney can do to help make the process go more smoothly or to mitigate the situation that you have in front of you.

If you have an attorney who is connected in the area, who knows the judges in the area, who’s familiar with the prosecutors and familiar with treatment facilities and interlock programs, all of those things really can help make the process go smoother and really keep you informed, so your not wondering what’s going to happen every step of the way.

You hire us to do the work for you, so we are going to take on everything that we can do to make sure that we can do as much as we can for you and to make sure that the results are something that you’re comfortable with and that you understand everything every step of the way.

Jamie Galinka, Attorney at Law
Suhre & Associates, LLC

What is a felony DUI? | Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana DUI • OVI • Criminal Law

A Felony DUI is when a person is charged with DUI or OVI and they’ve got a certain number of priors.

In Ohio if you have four (4) DUIs within a six (6) year period or six (6) DUIs within a twenty (20) year period those are felonies.

Also if you’ve ever been convicted of a prior felony DUI, every subsequent DUI is then a felony.

It’s important to understand with respect to Felony DUIs that not only is there the likelihood if you’re convicted of going the prison, but there are
lifetime suspensions, there are extreme fines and there are serious consequences for your freedom.

One of the things we do at Suhre & Associates is Felony DUI cases.

We’ve done lots of them.

We love the opportunity to represent you if you’re facing that situation.

Joe Suhre, Attorney at Law
Suhre & Associates, LLC

What is the difference between DUI and DWI? | Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana DUI • OVI

DUI, DWI, OVI, or OMVI all mean the same thing. In Ohio, we call it an OVI. It has serious penalties. You’re looking at license suspensions, you’re looking at fines, you’re looking at court costs, potentially getting the yellow plates on your car, potentially having to have an interlock device installed on your car. All of these are things that can come out of even a first offense charge.

The attorneys at Suhre & Associates have so much experience, specifically in OVI defense. We have a unique approach on our defense practice because we all started on the other side.

You hire us to do the work for you. We’re going take on everything that we can do to make sure that you understand everything every step of the way.

Jamie Galinka, Attorney at Law
Suhre & Associates, LLC

What is DIP? | Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana DUI/OVI Attorneys | Suhre & Associates

Should you panic if you find yourself charged with a DUI in the state of Ohio? Not necessarily. For first offenders, you have one option to avoid jail time. Driver intervention programs, or DIPs, are intended to keep a first offender from having to serve a mandatory three days in jail. The law states that jail is the only option for someone who chooses not to attend one of these three-day programs, so it is best to consult with your attorney whether or not a DIP program is best for you and your situation. These programs can be prescribed by a judge after sentencing or suggested by your attorney prior to sentencing.

These courses include traffic safety education and screening, and, depending on the initial charge, the courses could include a drug and alcohol assessment requirement. Other areas of education include the physical, psychological, and social consequences of alcohol and drugs and how driving performance is affected while under the influence. Levels of license suspension and revocation, as well as fines and levels of incarceration are covered as part of the DIP curriculum. Most of these courses take place at hotels, but exact locations, dates, and hours of operations can be obtained at most local courthouses. For a complete list of what to expect during a DIP, visit Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.

After the successful completion of one of these courses, a certificate is issued. A judge will consider the successful completion of one of these courses when imposing possible penalties. If you find yourself under arrest for DUI as a first-time offender, it is important to consider a driver intervention program (DIP) as an alternative to jail time. Contact the attorneys of Suhre & Associates because we are familiar with whether or not one of these three-day programs will benefit you before your case or after.

What happens after my first DUI?

When I get a call from a prospective client who’s just received their first DUI, they’ve got literally a million questions. My goal is to take the time to answer those questions for them, give them an understanding of not only what they’re facing, but what can be done to help them.

One of the important things to remember is, it’s not the end of the world. The number one concern of our clients when they call with their first offense DUI is, “How can I get driving privileges? How can I get to work on Monday morning?”

That’s not the entirety of the case, there are fines. There are periods of probation that we have to report to a probation officer. There’s mandatory incarceration depending on it if it’s a high tier breath test or second offense.

These are all things that we take into account and focus on when developing the case plan to put forward the best offense that we can for our client.

Joe Suhre, Attorney at Law
Suhre & Associates, LLC