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

Car drivingBeing pulled over and arrested for a DUI/OVI in West Chester, Ohio is a scary experience. We know that anyone can make a mistake, but whether it is the first time that you’re being pulled over or not, it is important that you understand what steps to take next.

Why would I be pulled over under suspicion of a DUI?

Police officers look for speeders and other drivers showing obvious dangerous signs, but there are a few specific things that they look for when watching out for drunk drivers:

  • Weaving across the lines
  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Forgetting to use turn signals
  • Varying speeds (i.e. speeding up and slowing down sporadically and not maintaining a consistent speed)

Some signs of impaired driving are more obvious, though:

  • Failing to stop at stop signs
  • Driving without headlights
  • Driving in the opposite lanes, the wrong way, or on a one way
  • Hitting objects or other cars

Do I need a DUI lawyer for my first offense?

Yes, you need an experienced DUI attorney, even if this is the first time you’ve been charged with a drinking and driving charge. These cases are complicated and a DUI lawyer who is very familiar with the court in West Chester, Ohio can help you come up with a plan of action.

What are the penalties for a DUI in West Chester, Ohio?

Below are some of the possible penalties if you get a DUI in West Chester, Ohio:

  • Fines
  • License suspension
  • Jail time
  • Alcohol or drug addiction treatment
  • Restricted yellow license plates required
  • Inability to drive your vehicle or have it forfeited
  • Installation of ignition interlock device

There are other consequences of a DUI as well. Depending on your employer’s policy, you may lose your ability to work in your current position. Some employers do not penalize for DUIs, but it will be something to consider. If you are in a divorce or other family court proceeding, your DUI could be something that works against you. If you are a student, your education could also be affected. Some colleges, like Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, impose other consequences if you’re charged with a DUI.

For more information about the consequences and penalties of a DUI in West Chester, Ohio, please contact The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A.

About our Firm

The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. is a team of lawyers fighting for the rights of people throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. To learn more about how The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. in West Chester, Ohio, fights for people throughout the greater Cincinnati area, please contact our firm.