If you’ve received an OVI charge in Westerville or its surrounding areas, now is the time to get a Westerville DUI lawyer on your case. The Columbus criminal defense attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates have been defending people with DUI / OVI charges in the Columbus are for years, and they’re your best chance at a favorable outcome.
To the north of the humming city of Columbus sits the tranquil suburb of Westerville. The city of 36,000 is perched in both Delaware County and Franklin County, and Route 3, the highway connecting Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati runs right through its heart.
For almost 150 years, a town ordinance prevented the sale of alcohol in the city, earning it the nickname “The Dry Capital of the World.” That’s never stopped people from drinking in the city, even sparking the “Westerville Whiskey Wars.” In fact, Delaware County and Franklin County had a combined total of over 2,000 OVI enforcements in 2014, according to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
In Ohio, a DUI is known as an OVI. The charge could have ramifications that forever change your life. A lessor could see a DUI / OVI on your record and decide not to rent you that new home. If you’re applying to colleges, admissions officers might see the conviction and think twice about your acceptance. It could be a major factor in a custody battle for your child. You could be buried in debt, put in jail, and labeled a felon for the rest of your life.
What to Expect from a Westerville DUI Lawyer
The Columbus criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates has spent a decade working in the courts around Westerville. Our DUI attorneys have been working to defend the rights of those charged with an OVI every day for years on end. Some of their most recent clients have even seen their charges completely dismissed.
If you’ve been charged with an OVI in Westerville, you need to find a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. You might wonder, “where can I find a DUI defense lawyer near me?” Look no further than Luftman Heck & Associates. Our attorneys will stay by your side the whole time and explore every avenue to get the best possible results for your life.
What to Ask Your Attorney
During your Westerville DUI case, there are a number of important questions to ask your lawyer, including:
Do I have to appear at my arraignment?
Westerville OVI cases are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five business days of the arrest so that you can appeal the administrative license suspension. If you hire an experienced Columbus OVI lawyer to represent you, you may not need to attend. Usually, when clients hire us, it is possible for us to appear on their behalf so that they do not need to take time off work or school to attend the initial court date. At that time, we would enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, negotiate your driver’s license suspension, and request police reports and DVD footage of the stop.
How do I go about getting my driving privileges back?
There are a few different ways to get driving privileges back, though not all of them result in you getting your full license back right away. If you hire us to represent you, the first thing we will do is evaluate BMV Form 2255 to see if there are any errors. If there are errors, it’s possible that your license suspension could be terminated altogether. If there aren’t any errors, we may request a stay of your license suspension.
A stay would give you your full license back while your case is pending, and you would have to go to the BMV to get it back. The good news is that Westerville Mayor’s Court generally permits stays of the administrative license suspension provided that the OVI did not involve an accident and that there isn’t a negative fact pattern working against you. We are able to appear on your behalf at the arraignment and request the stay for you. If it is approved, you will receive two copies – one to take to the BMV and one to keep on you at all times while driving during the pendency of your case.
If none of these options are possible, we can work to negotiate limited driving privileges for you. If granted, these would permit you to drive for work, school, and medical reasons. When represented by an experienced Columbus DUI attorney, this is not a difficult process. It involves filling out a simple limited driving privilege entry that we would file on your behalf. If it is approved, you will be forwarded one certified copy to keep in your car at all time while driving and one as a spare in case you lose the first one.
Who is the prosecutor?
Mike Fultz is the prosecuting attorney for Westerville Mayor’s Court OVI cases. He has prosecuted DUI, criminal, and traffic cases for the City of Westerville during his 11 years in practice. He will be prosecuting your case from its initiation.
Do I get to see the police reports?
As your Columbus DUI defense lawyers, we will always make copies of all reports we receive and provide you with them. We ask that you take them home, review them thoroughly, and then send us an email with your thoughts. Make note of any inconsistencies as well as your summary of what occurred at the time of the alleged offense.
Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?
Most, but not all, Westerville police vehicles come equipped with a cruiser video system that will show the traffic stop. There will be a DVD of your stop so long as there is no malfunctioning component. Frequently these DVDs are helpful to us because they will show if police reports are exaggerated or if roadside field sobriety tests are improperly delivered. All of our lawyers are certified in the administration of field sobriety tests and know exactly what issues to look for. You will also receive a copy of the DVD for your review.
What outcome can I expect with my Westerville Mayor’s Court OVI case?
In some instances, if there are issues with the evidence, the prosecutor may offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a less severe offense like reckless operation or physical control. Other times it may be more advantageous to transfer your case. If transferred, your case will go through the DUI court process in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Once the case is transferred, we typically conduct a suppression hearing or move to a jury trial. Prior to litigation, however, we strive to negotiate an offer for a reduced charge ahead of time so that you have your options available to you.
Your First Westerville DUI / OVI Offense
The fines for your first OVI can be hefty, and the sentences can be harsh, even if you’re on your first offense. You could be fined over $1,000, face community service, be assigned special plates for everyone to see, have your license suspended for three years or spend six months in jail, according to Section 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Your case will likely land in the Westerville Mayor’s Court, where you’ll face a pre-trial. Our team of Columbus criminal defense attorneys has been handling cases there for nearly a decade, and they know the strategies to get the best results there. If we decide we can improve your case results, we may decide to transfer your case to either the Franklin County Municipal Court or the Delaware County Municipal Court. There, we can bring your case to trial.
How a Westerville DUI Lawyer Can Help
When you find yourself in the face of a police officer with a bright flashlight shining in your eyes, your mind might start to race. Will I face charges? Is my family going to find out? How about my neighbors? What kind of fines are headed my way? Could I end up in jail?
Let an experienced Westerville DUI lawyer ease your mind. Your best defense is an attorney who know the courts you’re about to enter and how to find a path to the best outcome in your case. The team at Luftman, Heck & Associates will stay by your side through the whole case.
Need a Westerville DUI Lawyer? Contact Us for Help
Now is the time to regain control of your situation. Don’t leave your future in the hands of the prosecution; get a veteran Westerville DUI lawyer fighting for your rights. Call us at (614) 500-3836, or reach out online to get a lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates on your team today.