If you have been charged with a crime in Clermont County, Ohio, you may be unsure of what to do. You may be tempted to take whatever deal the prosecutor offers you, particularly if you have been charged with a low-level misdemeanor crime. In most cases, doing so would be a mistake.
Having a conviction on your record can seriously affect your future. It can cost you job opportunities, make it harder to find somewhere to live, and may even prohibit you from owning a firearm. Whether you’re facing a relatively light penalty or a lengthy jail sentence, the best thing that you can do to protect yourself is to hire a top-notch Clermont criminal defense attorney.
At Engel & Martin, LLC, we aggressively defend clients who have been charged with a range of crimes. As former prosecutors, we know how the system works – and we put that knowledge to work for people just like you. While we can’t guarantee an outcome, we can promise you that we will do our best to help you get the best possible result for your charge.
Our law firm represents people throughout southwestern Ohio, including Clermont County, who have been charged with a criminal offense. For each case, we take a proactive approach, working hard to lower the likelihood of our clients being charged with a crime or to get the charges against them reduced or dismissed.
Our law firm handles all types of criminal charges, including:
We know that even lower-level misdemeanor offenses can have a lifelong impact on our clients’ lives. For example, a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence may affect your constitutional right to bear arms. A simple drug possession conviction could prevent you from qualifying for student loans. That is why we work diligently to help our clients achieve the best possible results.
To do so, we thoroughly investigate the facts of each case, interviewing witnesses and searching for evidence to support a defense. When necessary, we work with expert witnesses to help develop a factual or legal defense. If possible, we file motions asking that evidence gathered by the police be suppressed and/or the charges against our clients be dismissed.
Our team knows that anyone facing a criminal charge is stressed and overwhelmed by the thought of what might happen to them. We give our clients peace of mind by explaining the process, the likely outcomes, and options for moving forward with a strong defense. Our experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys allows us to help our clients get the most favorable outcome possible given the facts of their case.
In Ohio, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This charge is known as OVI, although it may also be referred to as DUI or DWI.
OVI may be charged in three situations:
While OVI is often charged as a misdemeanor offense, it can result in steep penalties. First, anyone convicted of an OVI will likely lose their license in an administrative proceeding with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Second, depending on the facts of your case, a judge may sentence you to jail time, fines and fees, and a license suspension. The length of the jail sentence and license suspension and the amount of the fine increase if you have had previous OVI/DUI convictions.
In addition to these consequences, being convicted of a DUI/OVI can cause your car insurance premium to skyrocket, and may even affect your job if you need to drive for work. That is why it is so important to hire an experienced Clermont criminal lawyer to defend you against an Ohio OVI charge.
There are many possible defenses to an OVI that your attorney may be able to use. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes, and even the type of diet that you follow can cause a false positive BAC reading. If the stop that led to an OVI arrest was illegal, your lawyer may be able to have any evidence the police gathered from that stop (like your BAC test results) suppressed.
While the facts of each OVI case are different, working with an experienced Clermont criminal attorney can often lead to a much better result than you would obtain by just taking the first deal that the prosecutor offers. An OVI isn’t like other traffic offenses – pleading guilty or being convicted of this charge will leave you with a criminal record and may even land you in jail. A skilled lawyer can often reduce the likelihood of a conviction, or work out a plea deal that helps you avoid some of the more serious consequences of an OVI charge.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Clermont County, know that you have options. A skilled criminal defense attorney can fight for your rights and your freedom, and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
The law firm of Engel & Martin represents clients throughout the region who have been charged with a range of crimes, from infractions to misdemeanors to felonies. We use our knowledge of Ohio criminal law and substantial trial experience on both sides of the courtroom to help our clients resolve their cases favorably. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call our law office at 513-445-9600, or email us at any time.