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OVI Charges: Not Always As Strong As They Appear

After a night of celebration with friends, you may get behind the wheel to return home. Then, as you drive, you see the flashing lights.

A DUI/DWI in Ohio is charged as Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) and carries serious consequences. If convicted, you will face thousands of dollars in fines, lose your license for months and possibly go to jail.

Unfortunately, many drivers are under the impression that a drunk or drugged driving allegation virtually guarantees a conviction. I am here to tell you that there are numerous effective defenses to these charges. Talk to me at The Law Offices of Ajmeri Hoque before you give up hope.

Field Sobriety Tests And Breathalyzers Are Not Foolproof

The truth of the matter is that the police need valid evidence. Despite public perception, there are all kinds of legal and technical issues with sobriety testing, especially in the field. Below are just a few examples of the many problems with drunk driving tests:

  • Walking in a straight-line test does not take into account whether a road surface is level or other medical conditions that affect balance.
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus tests, which examine the eye movements of the driver, often take place in low light, with minimally-trained officers and again fail to consider other medical issues.
  • Breath tests often give false positives; factors like poor maintenance, improper calibration, poor training, acid reflux, mints, burping and a recent drink can all generate invalid readings.

In many cases, I can find these weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and leading to reduced or dismissed charges. Every case is different, which is why it is important to speak with an experienced OVI attorney as soon as you have been charged.

Make Your First Call To Me

You can reach me at my office at 646-949-8189 or email me about your case. I will begin a defense strategy personalized for you designed to protect your interests. Reach me at The Law Offices of Ajmeri Hoque as soon as possible.