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DUI Defense

Drinking and driving–we all know we shouldn’t do it, but that doesn’t mean we always abstain. When we drink and drive, even if it is just one beer, one glass of wine, or one cocktail, we put ourselves at risk. A DUI/OVI charge does not discriminate–it can happen to anyone at anytime, and if you do not have the right legal representation helping you through it, the charge can take quite a toll on your financial security and your general well being.

Anyone can make a mistake, but you don’t want that mistake to affect you and your family for a lifetime. DUI/OVI charges can have a severe impact on your life. The possible penalties include fines, increased insurance rates, mandatory incarceration in jail, or a driver’s intervention program, your freedom, and the suspension of your driver’s license. An experienced DUI attorney can help defend your driving privileges and hopefully keep you out of jail, but you need to call them ASAP.

Make The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. Your First Call

We are aggressive, successful, communicative DUI defense attorneys and we are here to help you. We know how fast this type of charge can change your life. That is why we are available to you and your family 24/7. If you have been pulled over in the Cincinnati area, from Butler County to Northern Kentucky, and the officer suspects you have been drinking and driving, make Kelly Farrish your first call. Our defense attorneys at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. bring aggressive DUI/OVI representation and decades of combined experience together to provide our clients with the exceptional defense that they deserve.

At The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., our DUI defense lawyers offer preeminent DUI/OVI defense for the residents of the following counties: Butler County, Warren County, Clermont County, Hamilton County, and more. Attorney Kelly Farrish is recognized as one of the top DUI/OVI defense attorneys in the Cincinnati area.

Don’t know if you should drive? Calculate your BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL here.

DUI Penalties

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Additional Penalties

In addition to the above-mentioned penalties, the state may:

  • Force you to undergo alcohol or drug addiction treatment
  • Require restricted yellow license plates
  • Immobilize your vehicle
  • Require the forfeiture of your vehicle
  • Install ignition interlock device

Refuse Field Sobriety Tests

As DUI defense lawyers, one of the most common questions we are asked is, “Should I take the field sobriety tests?” We will almost always answer with a resounding, “No.” If you have been pulled over and the police officer suspects you have been drinking and driving, you are not required by law to blow into the breath testing machine at the station. Be polite with the officers, though.

Many people call us right after they have been pulled over, unsure of whether or not they should cooperate with the field sobriety tests. We ask them a few questions:

  1. How many drinks have you had tonight? Do you know what one drink is? One drink equals 12 ounces of domestic beer, 1 ounce of 100 proof liquor, or 4 ounces of table wine. When you’ve had one craft beer, how many drinks is that actually? Most “drinks” actually add up to be more than one. Local bars and restaurants typically over pour.
  1. How long has it been since your first drink? You can calculate what your BAC may be based off of your weight, your amount of drinks, and the time span of those drinks. You can subtract .01 percent for each hour of drinking after the first hour.

In Ohio, you are considered to be legally under the influence of alcohol if your BAC is .08 percent or higher, but if you take the field sobriety tests on the scene, even if your BAC is lower, you could still be in trouble.

During your call to us, we can help you figure out what your next step should be. If you are not showing any obvious signs of intoxication, many police officers will let you go your way and not proceed with the process. You are allowed to contact an attorney–in fact it is your right, so call us as soon as you need us.

Check out our “Know Your Limits” chart for more information about how to calculate your BAC.

Refusal to Submit for a Blood Alcohol Content Test

In Ohio we can challenge the calibration of breath testing machines, but we cannot challenge the science behind the breath-testing machine.  Therefore, if you are at or below the legal limit, you should blow into the machine. If you don’t know whether or not you are at the legal limit or not, you should refuse to take the test.  Officers may indicate that they are trying to assist individuals by giving them the breath test or exaggerate about license suspensions.

It is critical for people to contact our office so we can speak to them regarding whether or not to take the test and clarify what actual suspensions do exist.  A first OVI in Ohio carries with it only a 15-day hard suspension and a 90-day Administrative License Suspension. For more information about penalties and suspensions, read the chart above.

If you are a commercial driver’s license carrier, this refusal can affect more than your ability to drive; it can affect your livelihood. CDL drivers cannot refuse the test and if convicted of an OVI/DUI will lose their license.

When facing DUI/OVI charges and other criminal charges, the Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. should be your first call. Speak directly to attorneys with decades of experience 24 hours a day because your life cannot wait.

For DUI/OVI defense representation that brings skill, experience and a reputation for success into the courtroom, call 513-403-9699, or simply contact us online to set up your free initial consultation.

It’s your life, it’s your future, and it cannot wait–contact The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. now.

Additional Resources

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Arrested for a DUI in Blue Ash, Ohio

What do I do if I’ve been charged with a DUI in West Chester, Ohio?

10 DUI Tips

What to do When Your Car is Towed After a DUI

What is Sleep Driving? Ambien-Related DUIs

Felony DUI/OVI Defense

DUI Defense in Mason, OH

Fighting Your DUI Charge