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DUI Arrests and Convictions in the State of Ohio

Dale: My name is Dale Naticchia, I’m an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been an attorney for 26 years and I specialize in the practice of DUI law.

Interviewer: In Ohio, a DUI arrest and conviction is called something different. It’s called OVI. Is that correct?

Dale: That is correct. But everybody still acknowledges and knows it as DUI. The OVI just made a broader scope because the charge is operating a vehicle impaired instead of driving under the influence.

Interviewer: Let’s start with that definition. You said OVI vs. DUI broadened the law. So prior to this broadening, the activity was classified as driving. How is operating considered a different definition?

Dale: To begin with, operating needs to be defined. If you’re in a vehicle, with the keys in the ignition, with the car running, that action it could arguably be called operating. Operating could also pertain to physical control. However, to the arresting officers, if you’re sitting in a parking lot with the car running they will charge you with an operating a vehicle impaired. There is a legal basis to support that claim.

Client Reviews
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I cannot thank Dale enough for the support and expertise he provided to me for my case. I was looking for a lawyer with a lot of experience and also knew how to use it to his advantage. Amanda B.
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I have always used an attorney for legal matters but this was my 3rd DUI in 6 years and I was in dire need of the best legal representation. I needed someone willing to fight for the best possible outcome for me and my family. Shannon
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Dale Naticchia handled my case from beginning to finish. He is highly skilled in the area of DUI’s. He has had so many cases that he is highly knowledgeable about how to deal with the situation as a whole. R Beyer
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The services I got from Lawyersdui Law Firm were very impressive. I got a lot of support from Natucchia and I was surprised and very happy! The support that you gave me was truly sincere and your way of dealing was very professional and honest. Kenneth C
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Anytime I’ve called about my case, Mr. Naticchia answered the phone. Lawyersdui law has been there when I’ve needed them most. John