Akron OVI Lawyer

Arrested for Drunk Driving in Akron?

In Ohio, drinking and driving offenses are charged as OVI, or Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. This serious offense can lead to drastic penalties, even for a first time offense. If charged again, repeat offenders can face escalating charges, harsher penalties, and tougher prosecution.

After being charged with OVI / DUI in Akron, you need an attorney who has a clear knowledge of the associated laws and possible defenses. As the founding lawyer at Christopher G. Thomarios, Esq. LLC, I encourage you to exercise your right to secure legal representation from my firm! I fight to protect my clients’ rights and can help you secure a favorable result to your situation.

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Why You Need Defense from My Firm

  • For the last decade, I have defended Ohio residents against OVI and other serious charges.
  • My services include a free consultation. Discuss your case before you commit to my firm!
  • I was included in 2015 list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for my legal skill and success.
  • Your case will not be treated like just another number at my firm. I develop defense strategies that are unique to your situation, always taking the time necessary for effective research.

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What Are Ohio's OVI / DUI Penalties?

Because of the harm driving drunk can bring to others, the Ohio government has set out strict guidlelines for those who are convicted of OVI / DUI. Adults who have a BAC of 0.08% or higher will be considered impaired and can be arrested. Conviction can have a substantial impact on their life for months or even years to come.

Penalties for drinking and driving include:

  • License suspension
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Driver's intervention program
  • Heavy fines and charges

Drivers under the age of 21 with a minimum BAC of 0.02% will be charged with operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVAUC). Underage drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated will be required to take a remedial driving class, and can face extensive penalties for even their first offense. Whatever the nature of your OVI, it is in your best interest to deal with your charges as soon as possible.

Aggravating Factors for OVI

Even a first drinking and driving offense may be punished far more aggressively than you expect. According to O.R.C 4511.19, the penalties you could face change according to the severity of an offense. Additionally, if you have already been convicted for OVI, you can face substantially tougher charges with each subsequent offense.

The following factors can aggravate your charges for a given case:

  • Causing an accident
  • Speeding while intoxicated
  • Causing death or another serious injury
  • Having B.A.C. over .17
  • DUI with a minor passenger
  • Refusing to submit to a breath test

If you are charged with OVI and have aggravating factors, then your potential penalties may be elevated. In addition to the risk of criminal conviction, you may also face civil litigation for monetary, physical, and emotional damages for an accident caused while driving under the influence. While a civil suit is independent of your criminal case, a conviction may make it easier for the plaintiff to win their case.

Protecting Your Right to Drive

The best choice you can make after getting arrested is to call a DUI attorney. A legal representative can help you protect your license at the mandatory BMV hearing (within 30 days of your arrest), and can continue to represent you throughout the duration of a case. Because I have more than a decade of experience in criminal defense law, I, Attorney Thomarios, am equipped to advocate on your behalf.

Depending on your individual circumstances, I can fight breathalyzer evidence, challenge the validity of your arrest, or take a host of other avenues to develop an airtight defense for your case. My goal in every case is to protect my clients’ rights and help them secure a positive outcome to their case. Whether this means seeing your charges minimized or fully dismissed, you can trust that if we work together I will do whatever I can to defend your freedom.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you've been arrested for OVI in Akron or Cleveland, then you need a lawyer that you can trust. Contact my firm by calling (888) 506-2167 or submitting an online case evaluation form to request my aggressive representation for your case. Let me be the voice that you need on your side!

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