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Defending Your Rights With Integrity And Experience

Operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) is a charge that you should not underestimate. If convicted – or if just arrested – your reputation, career, educational prospects and relationships could be at stake.

At Waite, Tomb & Eberly in Troy, we draw from a deep well of criminal law experience to defend your rights if you face OVI charges. Our attorneys practice the law with utmost integrity, abiding by a high standard of ethics and treating you with the respect you deserve. We are committed to protecting your future from the impact of a criminal conviction.

How Does Ohio Approach Drunk Driving Charges?

Most other states use the terms driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Ohio used to have an additional charge called operating a motor vehicle impaired (OMVI), but it became obsolete in 2005. Today, the charge that applies to drunk or drugged driving is called operating a motor vehicle impaired, or OVI. It forbids anyone from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher.

What Are The Penalties For OVI?

First offenders tend to receive lighter sentences than repeat offenders. Courts are often willing to offer alternative sentencing. However, some other common consequences include:

  • Installation of an interlock ignition device
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Jail time

We have numerous favorable outcomes in our criminal defense cases, including dropped charges, acquittals and diverted sentencing. Our team is not afraid to go to trial if necessary. Ultimately, we will do everything in our power to assist you in this difficult time.

Start Protecting Yourself From OVI Charges

When you need legal advice related to drunk driving, Waite, Tomb & Eberly can provide it. You can schedule an initial consultation with us by calling our law office at 937-753-5685 or by using our online contact form.