Proven OVI Defense Lawyer in Columbia, Ohio

Limited Clients. Proven Results.

By limiting the number of clients we represent, our OVI Law Firm has been able to focus on results.  OVI Attorney Robert Stiefvater has been successfully representing individuals since 2003.  If you were charged with OVI in Columbia, Ohio, call Stiefvater Law, LLC to find out if we are accepting new clients and to discuss your defense.  Our OVI Attorneys will explain every step of the process.  Put our experience to work for you in Columbia, OH.

The Columbia OVI Attorneys at Stiefvater Law, LLC owe their ongoing courtroom success to the following:

Being courtroom prepared by staying current with changes in OVI laws;

Limiting the number of clients we represent; and

Striving to achieve each client's goals.

Get in touch with Stiefvater Law, LLC and discuss your case with an OVI Lawyer with local experience. A Columbia OVI is serious. You will have questions. We have the answers so let's talk. Every free OVI consultation includes explaining the penalties you face if convicted. We will provide an honest assessment of your case. We never just try to sell our services. The Columbia OVI Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law, LLC believe that anyone who faces a charge of OVI needs to be confident and comfortable with their OVI Attorney - even if they do not hire our Columbia OVI Defense Law Firm. Stiefvater Law limits the number of OVI clients we represent because our OVI Defense Lawyers should be as comfortable and confident with our clients as the clients are of us.

OVI Penalties in Columbia, Ohio

OVI in Columbia, Ohio has serious consequences. At a minimum, OVI is the most serious misdemeanor charge you can have in Ohio (first degree misdemeanor). Depending on your specific circumstance, OVI can even be a felony.

All OVI convictions result in mandatory jail time and license suspension.

Contact an OVI Lawyer in  Columbia today to discuss the facts of your case and to build your defense.

Administrative License Suspension

Even before you are convicted of OVI, you are penalized. If you have been charged with OVI in Columbia then you most likely have or will be put under an Administrative License Suspension, or ALS. An appeal of this suspension must be filed within 30 days of the arrest or you may lose the opportunity to challenge the ALS. Even if you beat your OVI this suspension will remain if you have not appealed it. The length of your pretrial Administrative License Suspension varies. For example, an Administrative License Suspension is as follows for a:

Failed Chemical Test with Two Priors in 10 years

Mandatory two year license suspension. No driving privileges for first 180 days.

Refused Chemical Test with Two Priors in 10 Years

Mandatory three year license suspension. No driving privileges for first year.

Effective Columbia OVI lawyer

Whether you are defending your first OVI or if this is not your first offense, you deserve a strong and effective defense. Like so many others before, trust the Columbia OVI Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to protect your rights, your license, and to keep you out of jail.

While challenging your OVI charge in Columbia, Ohio, we will:

1. Protect your Rights throughout the process;

2. Review all of the evidence in order to build your best defense; and

3. Explain the process so you understand what is happening.

Result Driven Columbia OVI Defense Lawyer

Our Columbia OVI Attorneys will work tirelessly to defend you. Stiefvater Law is a result driven firm. Many clients come to us feeling that there is no way to beat their Columbia OVI. Even when the evidence points to guilt, there are several avenues to challenge that evidence. Keeping that evidence out of trial often results in a finding of not guilty or a pre-trial offer to a reduced charge. Put our experience to work for you in Columbia, Ohio.

OVI Penalties

Even a first OVI is a first degree misdemeanor. A first degree misdemeanor is the most serious level of misdemeanor in Ohio. Sometimes an OVI is a felony. The degree of your charge is dependent on several factors. Call the OVI Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to discuss the degree of your OVI as well as the possible penalties.

Ohio OVI penalties are some of the most strict in the United States. If you are convicted of an OVI in Columbia, OH, you are subject to severe penalties. Below is an example of the range of penalties for conviction of a:

First OVI in 10 Years

If you are convicted of your first lifetime OVI or your first OVI in 10 years then you face these possible penalties:

Mandatory minimum three (3) day jail sentence up to six (6) months;

Mandatory fine of $375 up to $1,075;

Mandatory license suspension of one (1) to three (3) years; and

Possible yellow license plate (DUI plate or “party plates”) and interlock device.

First OVI in 10 Years and a High Test or Refusal

If you are convicted of your first lifetime OVI or your first OVI in 10 years and have a high test result or refusal of test then you face the following penalties:

Mandatory minimum six (6) day jail sentence up to six (6) months;

Mandatory fine of $375 up to $1,075;

Mandatory license suspension of one (1) to three (3) years; and

Mandatory yellow license plate (DUI Plate or “party plates”) and possible interlock device.

Let's talk. The OVI Lawyers at Stiefvater Law will provide a free consultation, regardless of whether or not they are currently accepting new clients. We are the OVI Defense Lawyers in Columbia, Ohio, 44028.

The State of Ohio has promulgated laws governing OVI. Below is an excerpt from Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19, which is Ohio’s OVI law:

OVI (with a prior)

(2) No person who, within twenty years of the conduct described in division (A)(2)(a) of this section, previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this division, a violation of division (A)(1) or (B) of this section, or any other equivalent offense shall do both of the following:

(a) Operate any vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley within this state while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them;

(b) Subsequent to being arrested for operating the vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley as described in division (A)(2)(a) of this section, being asked by a law enforcement officer to submit to a chemical test or tests under section 4511.191 of the Revised Code, and being advised by the officer in accordance with section 4511.192 of the Revised Code of the consequences of the person's refusal or submission to the test or tests, refuse to submit to the test or tests.

Cities in Lorain County: Wellington, South Amherst, Vermilion, Sheffield (Township), Wellington (Township)

Zip Codes in Columbia, Ohio: 44028