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The Evolution of OVI / DUI Law in Ohio

it's changed over the years

What has Changed in DUI / OVI Law in Ohio?

Twenty to thirty years ago these matters were far different than today. Penalties are now more severe, the prohibited limits are drastically lower, and lobbying groups have put Courts and Prosecutors under greater pressure to generate convictions. The days of being driven home by the kind-hearted officer after you acknowledged some poor judgment are long gone.

The tough reality is that there are active efforts to increase OVI DUI arrests and the questions that you are being asked are those taught to the Officer with the purpose of securing evidence for a conviction. This starts, in accordance with police training, before your car even comes to a stop.

Convictions, even for a first offense, can result in:

  • Suspension of your license for up to three years
  • Jail time (up to 180 days) Fines (up to $1075.00)
  • Increased rates of (or cancellation of) auto insurance
  • Increased rates for life insurance
  • Extensive periods with absolutely no ability to legally drive
  • Restricted (yellow) plates, Ignition interlock (blow to drive) and consequently, Loss of employment or difficulty getting a job.
  • Public record of the conviction for 50+ years

There is no “set sentence” for first time OVI DUI offenders, only mandatory minimum sentences and penalties, more severe sentences and penalties can be and are imposed upon first offenders.

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“Through his extensive training in OVI/DUI cases, Mr. Bucher is clearly the best. When I went to see him I thought there was no way he could help me with my case. After my first consultation with him, I hired him right on the spot. He talks to you as a regular person, makes you feel comfortable while he goes through your case. He goes over your case with a fine tooth comb finding any mistakes with the way officer handled your situation. He has earned my respect and gratitude!”


“Mr. Bucher is very trustworthy lawyer. He handled my case brilliantly and was very informative. he helped me in saving my job. I will totally recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DUI case lawyer.”


“Charged with misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia, Mr. Bucher was able to get the marijuana charge completely dropped and the paraph. charge lessened to disorderly conduct. I don’t have any license issues/suspensions or drug charges on my record, these were large factors to take into account with my case and the type of profession I am in, especially the license suspension.”


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