For many people, a drunk driving arrest is the first time they have been arrested. Driving drunk was a mistake, one they would like to learn from and move on. Prosecutors are not always interested in this perspective, however, and it is important if you have been arrested for a DUI/OVI to contact an attorney who will make sure your rights are protected.
Cleveland DUI Defense
The Martinez Firm represents everyday, hardworking people who are looking to avoid the consequences of a criminal conviction. When hired as your DUI lawyers, Leslie Johns and Hector Martinez will examine all evidence including breathalyzer/breath tests results, police video of the stop, field sobriety administration, and verification of blood alcohol content levels to make sure your interests are defended. Our attorneys are aware of the serious consequences of a drunk driving conviction and do all they can to get you the DUI help you need.
There are different areas of OVI/DUI/DWI defense representation that our firm provides, including:
For many people, a misdemeanor DUI/OVI arrest is the only time they have been arrested. They are confused and overwhelmed by the legal system and the situation they are facing. We can help guide you through these difficult times so that you can move on with your life.
The biggest concern of the majority of people after they have been arrested for drunk driving is, “When will I be able to drive again?”. Under Ohio law, there is a mandatory administrative suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of 90 days if you are arrested for DUI or OVI, and test above the legal limit. If you refused the breath test, your driver’s license will be administratively suspended for a minimum of one year.
Ohio DUI Defense
Martinez Law Firm has over a decade of experience handling DUI/OVI cases and can provide you with effective, aggressive representation. To address your concern of losing your license our firm will file motions for limited driving privileges which, if successful, will allow for you to drive to and from work and to seek medical treatment. If your case should go to trial our firm will conduct a thorough investigation of your case and file all possible pleadings to make sure we receive all evidence. After receiving all evidence our DUI defense attorneys will personally inspect everything, including the videotape of the stop and the Breathalyzer/breath test. With a N.H.T.S.A. certification Attorney Hector Martinez can administer field sobriety tests, enabling him to understand what to look for to find mistakes that law enforcement has made.
Are you facing jail time because you’ve been charged with a felony DUI/OVI? If you find yourself in this difficult position, it is important you contact a criminal defense attorney that can fight for you.
In Ohio, a person is charged with felony DUI/OVI if they have been arrested for a fourth OVI within a six-year period, or a sixth DUI within a 20-year period. The State of Ohio does not treat these cases lightly. There is a mandatory minimum of 60 days in jail. Moreover, due to recent changes to the felony drunk driving laws in Ohio, some offenders face a mandatory prison term for a felony drunk driving offense.
Cleveland DUI Felony Lawyer
Our Cleveland DUI Felony Lawyers have a history of lodging successful legal challenges that can help reduce or even prevent jail time for a felony DUI/OVI conviction. When you retain our firm, go over a strategy that will meet your goals, provide alternatives and discuss realistic expectations so you can understand what will happen and what to do next.
There are numerous ways we assist clients who have been arrested for a DUI/DWI/OVI. These include:
- Thorough examination of all possible defenses
- Intensive discovery of evidence including field sobriety tests and Breathalyzer/breath tests
- Discussion and negotiation of potential plea agreements with the prosecution
- Assistance with license suspension issues and reinstatement of driving privileges
- Handling of bond issues
- Assistance with reducing charges
- Minimization of the impact of penalties including jail time
- Assistance with other criminal charges that result from the arrest
- Help with assessments and treatment plans for substance abuse issues.
If you are charged with a Drug DUI/OVI charge you can face severe penalties, such as extensive prison time, so it is important to trust your defense to someone who is familiar with all the charges and circumstances leading to this arrest.
In 2006, the state legislature of Ohio passed a law making it illegal and unlawful to drive with drugs in your system. You can be charged with drugged driving if you have illegal drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine, in your system, even if there is no actual physical impairment. The charges for a drugs OVI offense are approximately the same as those for drunk driving.
Ohio Drug DUI Defense
Our firm is able to lodge successful challenges to blood, urine and Breathalyzer/breath tests that can help keep you on the road. We provide confidential representation and have a team of treatment professionals we can call on if you need help getting through a substance abuse issue. Attorney Hector Martinez even spoke at the Ohio Judicial College on the changes in the law concerning drug OVI charges and is very familiar with the legal requirements.
Additionally, our experienced drug charge defense attorneys can also help you with any other drug crimes you have been charged with that resulted from being pulled over for drugged driving. This may include drug trafficking, distribution, possession, or if the police believe you are part of a larger narcotics ring, they may use this evidence to help form a federal conspiracy case.
Commercial Drivers License DUI/OVI
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), chances are you drive for a living and rely upon the ability to get behind the wheel of a vehicle to pay your bills. Driving is your life and your livelihood. We know this and we are going to do everything we can to help you keep your license and your job.
In 2004, Ohio changed a law so that if you are arrested for a DUI/OVI in a regular vehicle, you will face sanctions for your commercial drivers’ license–up to a one-year disqualification of your CDL. For a second drunk driving offense, the penalty is a lifetime disqualification of your CDL.
CDL DUI Defense
Our firm understands the sensitive nature of a CDL licensed driver who has been arrested for DUI/OVI. We will investigate everything regarding your case, from the time of the stop to the point the final testing has been completed to help you avoid the disqualification of your commercial driver’s license and minimize the impact to your CDL.
We conduct intensive examination of all field sobriety tests and Breathalyzer/breath tests. Our firm is experienced in negotiating potential plea agreements and reduction of charges with the prosecution.
For more information about DUI/DWI/OVI law and how it affects you, please visit our DUI/DWI/OVI Information Center.
If your child has been arrested for underage drunk driving, you likely have many concerns as a parent. What are the potential penalties? How will this affect his or her future? How can you avoid future problems with teenage drinking and driving offenses? Our law office addresses your questions honestly and go to work immediately to protect your child’s interests.
Ohio laws involving underage consumption and underage drunk driving are very harsh. Minors caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 percent or higher (but less than .08 percent) will be charged with Operating a Vehicle After Underage Consumption (OVAUC). Underage drunk driving with a BAC over .08 could lead to a conviction for Operating a Vehicle under the Influence.
Underage Drinking Consequences
Underage drinking and driving offenses carry penalties of up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine and a license suspension of 90 days or up to two years (for a first offense). Although the prosecution may make you a plea offer, you should strongly consider the implications of the plea. Most initial plea bargains offered to juveniles not represented by a lawyer will still involve a conviction on their criminal record and up to four traffic violation points on their driving record.
Ohio Underage Drinking & Driving Defense
At The Martinez Firm, we are concerned about each client. We address your questions immediately and honestly. More importantly, we go to work hard to protect your child’s interests. Whenever possible, we pursue alternative sentencing that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment. This allows juveniles to turn their life around and move past their mistakes without a conviction following them into the future.
Ohio Drunk Driving Accidents
If you were involved in a drunk driving car accident where someone else was injured or even killed, there is no doubt that you feel remorse. You may even feel compelled to plead guilty. However, a discussion with an experienced defense lawyer may reveal options that do not involve a long prison sentence. Regardless of the facts, regardless of your guilt, you deserve an experienced defense attorney after a drunk driving car accident.
Motor vehicle accidents that result in serious bodily injury or death will cause the police to administer a breathalyzer to every party involved. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08, you may be facing serious criminal charges that can significantly impact your future.
Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Our Cleveland law firm has over a decade of experience protecting the rights of clients facing OVI/DUI accident related charges and has obtained many favorable outcomes including reduced charges and penalties and even dismissed cases. We have experience in the following cases:
- Aggravated vehicular assault with alcohol
- Aggravated vehicular homicide with alcohol
- Involuntary vehicular manslaughter with alcohol