DUI/OVI Tips

Aggravating Circumstances That Make DUIs Worse

Interviewer: You discussed the super DUIs assumed at a specific breath alcohol level. Are there any other aggravating factors that people should be aware of because of the severity of the penalties? Dale: An accident. I don’t care if it’s with a parked car. Even if it is, the judges are thinking that this driver was close...

Can I be Charged with DUI Even if I’m Not Driving the Car?

Interviewer: I’ve heard of cases where someone had a few drinks and they figure out that they shouldn’t drive so they sleep it off in the backseat. Can they still be charged with DUI? Dale: No, if you’re in the backseat and the keys are in the front seat, you’re safe. Interviewer: But if you’re in the front...

Can I Drive After an OVI Arrest?

Driver License Suspension? When Can I Drive Again? Why Is My License Suspended When I Have Not Been Convicted of Anything? This is a very good question since this goes against everything U.S. Citizens know about innocent until proven guilty. You have been deprived of you right to drive before you have even stepped into...

Choosing The Right Representation

Interviewer: Are there any warning signs of common tactics that indicate an unsuitable attorney is coercing a client into retaining them? Dale: Commonly, an attorney may propose a low figure to retain the case. But they refuse to proceed unless you have paid the balance in full. Interviewer: Does that mean that an attorney that’s not willing to...

Does Having DUI Plates On Your Car Ensure Increased Police Scrutiny?

Interviewer: So this yellow plate would be similar to the scarlet letter. You are now required to place special license plates on your car. These plates inform everyone that you have been convicted of drunk driving. Dale: It’s the most scarlet of letters. Interviewer: I’m sure that probably makes you more likely to be pulled over in the...

How Public Will Your DUI Charges Be?

Interviewer:: How public is your arrest and the charges going to be? Will your employer findout? How about friends or your family? Dale: More than likely, your employer will not find out unless you don’t show up to work. This would result in your having to explain the reason why you didn’t show up for work...

Ignition Interlocks, Alcohol Monitoring Devices, and Look-Back Periods

Interviewer: Are there any ignition interlock requirements if you’re convicted of a DUI in Ohio? Dale: There could be. In some courts, if your blood alcohol level was .170 and above, they will require the ignition interlock. More and more courts are beginning to require interlocks for high end reads. If you’ve had more than one conviction...

Misconceptions & Myths About DUI / OVI in Cleveland Ohio

Interviewer: What are some of the common misconceptions and myths that your potential clients have? What do you need to dispel when you’re first talking to them? Dale: Well, the first of all, they usually don’t have a misconception. They have no ideawhat has happened. They feel like a criminal. They’ve been treated like a criminal. They’ve...

Should You Document What Happened To You?

Interviewer: Probably one of the best things to do is to have the client document everything that happened to them. This includes before the arrest, during the stop, during the arrest and after the arrest so you can do your job better. Dale: Documentation is absolutely helpful. Unfortunately, I have yet to meet the client that properly...

What Common Mistakes Do People Make That Hurts Their Case?

Interviewer: It seems like you can handle everything. I’m sure that people tend to make mistakesbecause they’re unaware that could make their case more difficult. What are some of the common, yet unintentional errors? Dale: You asked about misconceptions earlier. Most people believe that they shouldinitially plead guilty. They feel that if they were indeed drinking and...

Why Not Just Plead Guilty & Throw Yourself On The Mercy Of The Court?

Interviewer: I’m sure some people just want plead guilty and put this behind them. So what are some of the penalties for either first or second time DUIs that people should consider before they decide on a plea? Dale Well first of all, you know, the court can incarcerate you for 180 days, even on thefirst offense....