If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Bexley or the surrounding areas, you are likely overwhelmed and worried about your freedom and future. Fortunately, a Bexley DUI lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates can help you make the best out of your situation by investigating your case and ensuring your rights remain protected. Our DUI attorneys have years of experience representing DUI cases in the Columbus area.
Bexley is an affluent suburb of Columbus that’s situated east of the Franklin Park Conservatory on the banks of Alum Creek near Wolfe Park and Driving Park. It was founded as a village over a hundred years ago and is now home to excellent schools, luxurious homes, and a wide variety of entertainment options. Although Bexley is one of the most desired areas to live in Franklin County, it is no stranger to DUIs, often called operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) in Ohio.
OVIs are not taken lightly in Ohio. If you are charged with this offense, you can expect significant fines, time in prison, a ruined reputation, and other penalties that may affect your personal and professional life. Consequences for OVIs increase in severity with each repeat of the offense. If you’ve been charged with a DUI / OVI, contact a skilled Bexley DUI lawyer right away to start building your defense. Call Luftman, Heck & Associates today at (614) 500-3836.
What to Expect from a Bexley DUI Lawyer
A highly skilled, compassionate Bexley DUI lawyer can greatly impact your future. For nearly 10 years, our attorneys have fought OVI charges in Franklin County. Due to the knowledge, experience, and resources of our attorneys, countless clients were able to get their penalties reduced or cases dismissed. When you count on Luftman, Heck & Associates, you will receive the time, personal attention, and effort it takes to properly contest your OVI charge.
Questions to Ask Your Attorney
When you’re stopped and arrested for DUI, there are likely a number of concerns running through your mind. Some important questions to ask your attorney include:
Do I have to appear at my arraignment?
Bexley DUI cases will be filed and scheduled for arraignment within five business days from the date of your arrest. This is done so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension. One of the first things you will be thinking about is how to regain your right to drive.
If you retain the Columbus criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you on your Bexley OVI case, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend at your initial court date. At that time, we will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, request the police reports and DVD of your traffic stop, and address your license suspension.
Can I retain my license or driving privileges?
If you hire our Columbus criminal defense team to represent you, we will be looking at the BMV Form 2255 to see if there are any errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension outright. If there are no errors on the 2255, we may be able to request a stay of your license suspension. A stay would give you your full license back while your case is pending. You would be able to go to the BMV and get your plastic license back. Lastly, if none of those options were available we would look to get you limited driving privileges, so that as soon as you are eligible, you would be permitted to drive for work, school and medical purposes.
Who is the prosecutor?
Lou Chodosh is the prosecuting attorney for Bexley DUI cases in Franklin County Municipal Court. He will be prosecuting the case from its initiation in arraignment court. Usually, Mr. Chodosh has the discovery available for attorneys at the initial arraignment date.
Do I get to see the police reports?
We will always make copies of all reports received to give to our clients at that time to review. We prefer you to take these documents home, review them thoroughly and then send an email to us with your thoughts, any inconsistencies, as well as your summary of exactly what happened.
Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?
Some of the Bexley police cars come equipped with a cruiser video system, so there may be a DVD of your traffic stop. This is often very helpful to us. If the police reports are exaggerated, it will show on the DVD. It will also show whether the roadside field sobriety tests were performed properly on you. Every one of our Columbus DUI attorneys is certified in the administration of field sobriety tests. We know the mistakes to look for. If available, you will also receive a copy of the DVD for review.
What outcome can I expect with my Bexley Mayor’s Court OVI case?
The prosecutor has been around for a long time. He is not afraid of conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. However, if there are evidentiary issues, the prosecutor will potentially offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser offense such as reckless operation or physical control. Before conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf, it is always the goal of our Bexley DUI lawyers to negotiate an offer to a reduced charge to give you an option before litigating the case.
Your First Bexley DUI/OVI Offense
Regardless of whether it’s your first OVI offense or you’ve been charged before, you will face life-altering consequences. For a first time OVI, you may face a $1,000 fine, time in jail, a driver’s license suspension, community service requirements, and other penalties.
Your case will likely go to Bexley Mayor’s Court for the pre-trial and arraignment. If you are going through the Ohio DUI court process, your goal is likely to avoid time in jail. Luftman, Heck & Associates has been working with the Bexley Mayor’s Court for more than a decade, giving us the thorough understanding of the court’s judges and prosecution.
How a Bexley DUI Lawyer Can Help
The penalties for an OVI in Ohio are tough, making quality legal representation vital. A Bexley DUI lawyer understands how courts and prosecutors think, giving us an advantage when preparing an OVI defense strategy that is appropriate for your case.
Some of our defense strategies include:
- Investigating the evidence against you including the training of the officers that required field sobriety tests and how testing was administered
- Determining whether a health challenge or medication has affected your blood alcohol content (BAC) level
- Consulting witnesses who may strengthen your case because they saw something different than what was reported
- Reviewing your driving record
- Informing you on how to respond to the police and requests to take field sobriety tests
These defense strategies are designed to identify flaws and come up with arguments that may help your case. By seeking legal support immediately, you can turn a frightening situation into one that is more manageable and better for your future.
Need a Bexley DUI Lawyer? Contact Us
Don’t face your DUI charge alone. With the help of an experienced, competent Bexley DUI attorney, you can be assured of understanding all of your legal rights and options and know that your rights will be protected. The criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates protects the rights of people charged with an OVI / DUI on a daily basis and would be honored to do so for you. Contact us today at (614) 500-3836.