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If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you are likely overwhelmed with emotions and unsure of what to do next. By involving an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates in your case as soon as possible, you may be able to avoid a conviction. Our law firm has over a decade of experience aggressively defending the rights of DUI offenders in Upper Arlington and other nearby cities.

Situated on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area, Upper Arlington is an affluent city that provides residents with easy access to downtown Columbus and all major highways in the area. With U.S. Route 33 and I-270 nearby, DUIs in Upper Arlington do arise.

In Ohio, a DUI and OVI have the same meaning. When a driver is arrested for a DUI, it is often because they were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and had a blood alcohol concentration that was over the legal limit of .08 percent. However, sometimes a mistake is made and charges aren’t valid. That’s where an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer can help.

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What to Expect from an Upper Arlington DUI Lawyer

When you make the decision to hire a DUI attorney from our firm, you can expect them to negotiate with judges and prosecutors in order to lower your fines, reduce the amount of time you’ll spend in jail, and remove the charges from your criminal record sooner. In some cases, an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer may even be able to get your case entirely dismissed. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we have the knowledge of how the other side thinks to help obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

What Should You Ask an Attorney During Your DUI Case?

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Upper Arlington, don’t forget to ask your attorney the important following questions:

Do I have to appear at my arraignment?
OVI cases in Upper Arlington are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five business days of your arrest. This gives you the time and opportunity to appeal the administrative license suspension. You may not have to attend your initial court date if you hire an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we frequently attend the arraignment on our clients’ behalf so they do not have to take time off work or make special arrangements. If we represent you at the arraignment, we will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, address the issue of your driving privileges, and request any police reports and DVDs.

Can I get my license back?
There are a few different ways that you might be able to get your license back or obtain some driving privileges. If you hire us to represent you, we will first look at BMV Form 2255 to see if there are any errors on the document. If there are, this could possibly lead to the termination of your driver’s license suspension altogether.

Unfortunately, unlike many other mayor’s courts in the Central Ohio region, Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court does not permit stays of the administrative license suspension. Instead, we will have to negotiate for you to get limited driving privileges that would allow you to drive to and for school, work, and medical purposes. When represented by an attorney, this is not a very difficult process. To apply for limited driving privileges, you will first be forwarded a blank copy of the Upper Arlington limited driving privilege entry to fill out and return to us. We file it on your behalf and if it is granted, you will receive two certified copies. The first form you will be required to keep in your car at all times while driving, and the second form is a copy just in case you lose the first one.

Do I get to see the police reports?
Yes. Once we receive the police reports, we will always make copies to give to you for review. We ask that you take these reports home so you can review them. Once you have had a chance to look them over thoroughly, send us an email with your thoughts. Be sure to take note of any inconsistencies in the report as well as your summary of what happened.

Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?
All Upper Arlington police cruisers are equipped with a cruiser vehicle system. So long as there aren’t any malfunctioning parts to the system, there will be a DVD of your traffic stop that we can request. This footage is useful since it will show if there are any parts of the report that are exaggerated or if the roadside field sobriety tests were issued to you correctly. Every one of our Columbus DUI attorneys is certified in the administration of field sobriety tests, which means we know what mistakes to look out for and take note of. We will also provide you with a copy of the DVD.

What outcome can I expect with my Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court DUI case?
If there are issues with the physical evidence in your DUI case, the prosecution may offer a reduction of your charge to a lesser offense. However, this is not guaranteed, and if the prosecution is unwilling to offer a reduction, it may be advantageous to transfer your case. If transferred, your case will go back through the court process at Franklin County Municipal Court.

After the case is transferred to the municipal court, we typically conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial as necessary. If the case calls for it, we will handle it. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, our Columbus OVI lawyers are experienced litigators who are ready to defend your rights. That being said, prior to the suppression hearing or jury trial, we aim to negotiate a reduced charge offer so that you have all your options available to you.

Your First Upper Arlington DUI/OVI Offense

The effects of a DUI conviction, even if it’s your first one, can be serious and life-changing. You’ll likely face harsh consequences such as fines of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, a driver’s license suspension, and the requirement to attend a Driver Intervention Program.

These consequences may hurt your career and professional license, make it impossible for you to own or live in a rental property, prevent you from being inducted in the military, and impact your child custody rights if you are divorced or separated.

Once you’ve been charged with an OVI, you will need to appear in Upper Arlington Mayor’s court for the pre-trial and arraignment. By hiring an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer, you will have somebody there to fight for your rights and increase your chances of obtaining positive results during the Ohio DUI court process.

How an Upper Arlington DUI Lawyer Can Help

A skilled Upper Arlington DUI lawyer will build the right criminal defense strategy for your specific situation. Your charges and circumstances will be carefully reviewed to find flaws in your case that can help minimize your consequences or prevent conviction. When designing an effective criminal defense strategy, an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer may:

  • Challenge the results from a field sobriety and/or breathalyzer test – There are a wide variety of factors such as fatigue, medical history, and nervousness that can lead to unfair test results. In addition, the results from a breathalyzer test may be inaccurate because it was administered incorrectly or outdated.
  • Question the stop – Police do not have the right to stop drivers without “reasonable suspicion.” Therefore, if you were obeying traffic laws and driving at an acceptable speed limit, police may not have had reasonable suspicion to pull you over.

Contact an Upper Arlington DUI Lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates

Getting in touch with an Upper Arlington DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates may change your life forever. With our extensive experience and resources, we can help you achieve the case results you need to improve your future and move past this roadblock. Contact us today at (614) 500-3836.

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