Cleveland DUI Attorney

Legal Defense for Your OVI Charges in Ohio

Driving under the influence (DUI), also known as operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), is a serious criminal offense. In the state of Ohio, DUI offenses can be penalized by some of the most serious consequences under the law, including mandatory jail time and excessive legal fines.

If you were accused of driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol, it is imperative that you retain representation from a reputable and experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, our Cleveland DUI lawyers are ready to defend your rights. Backed by over 70 years of experience, we have what it takes to pursue a positive outcome for you.

Get your free initial case evaluation today. We have been selected as some of the finest OVI lawyers in all of Cleveland by the NAFDD.

Ohio First Time DUI/OVI Penalties

Anyone who has been arrested for a first or multiple OVI offense will need to speak with a skilled Cleveland DUI/OVI lawyer who can improve the chances of securing a favorable outcome.

Without the right legal representation, you could be risking the following penalties for a first-offense DUI:

  • 3 days to 6 months in jail
  • $375-$1075 in fines
  • Driver's license suspension – (class 5) (6 months to 3 years suspension)
  • Restricted plates based upon the judge (at your own expense)
  • Ignition interlock device based upon the judge (at your own expense)
  • Drug and alcohol treatment ( optional based upon judge)

If this is not your first offense, potential penalties could include immobilization or forfeiture of your vehicle. With our Cleveland DUI attorneys on your side, you may be able to receive restricted driving privileges that will allow you to travel to and from important places such as work.

View some of our firm's previous OVI case results.

How will a DUI/OVI Affect my Car Insurance?

The immediate impact of a DUI conviction—fines, court costs, licenses suspicion—are made even worse when you take into account the negative impact your DUI will likely have on your car insurance rates. There is a good chance you will be dropped by your current insurer since you now constitute a higher risk as a driver.

The convicted may be ordered to file an SR-22 form from their insurer which shows the DMV that they now carry liability insurance. Only then will a person’s license suspension be lifted by the DMV. You may also need to offer proof that you have insurance for up to five years to maintain a valid license.

DUI convictions are unique and insurance companies regard them on a case-by-case basis. If you have been convicted, you could see only a small rate increase if you have an otherwise stellar driving record. Having multiple DUI offenses on your record, on the other hand, can result in much higher increases with the possibility your insurer will drop your coverage.

Get the Representation You Need for Your OVI Case

Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly understands that you may be faced with the reality of an incredibly life-changing criminal accusation. With our legal team on your side, you will receive the high-quality legal representation needed to get through this time. From license hearings to trial litigation, our Cleveland DUI attorneys can help you successfully navigate the complexities of the justice system. An arrest is one of the most overwhelming times in your life, but we stand ready to provide you with the answers that you need for your peace of mind.

Call us today to receive close, compassionate legal assistance that you deserve from our Cleveland DUI lawyers. We will provide you with a risk-free consultation.