Proven OVI Lawyer in University Heights, Ohio

Limited Clients. Proven Results.

If you are facing an OVI charge in University Heights, call Stiefvater Law, LLC to speak with a successful OVI Defense Attorney to fight your charge.  OVI Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has been defending individuals since 2003.  Put his experience to work for you in University Heights, Ohio.

The University Heights OVI Defense Lawyers at Stiefvater Law, LLC owe their ongoing courtroom success to the following:

1.       Taking the time to understand each client’s desired outcome;

2.       Being courtroom prepared by staying current with evolving OVI law; and

3.       Limiting the number of clients so enough time can be devoted to building the best OVI defense for every case we accept.

Contact Stiefvater Law, LLC and discuss your case with an OVI Lawyer experienced in the court that is going to hear your case. An OVI charge in University Heights or anywhere in Ohio is serious. You have questions. We have the answers. Our OVI consultation includes discussing the facts of your case and providing an honest assessment of your legal exposure. We pledge that we will not hard sell our services. The University Heights OVI Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law, LLC want everyone who faces an OVI to be confident and comfortable with their legal representation - even if they do not hire our University Heights OVI Law Firm. We limit the number of OVI clients we represent because our OVI Defense Attorneys should be just as confident and comfortable with our clients as our clients are of us.

OVI Penalties in University Heights, Ohio

OVI in University Heights, 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.

Every conviction for OVI has mandatory jail time and license suspension.

Contact an OVI Defense Lawyer in  University Heights 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 University Heights 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 University Heights 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 University Heights OVI Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to protect your rights, your license, and to keep you out of jail.

While challenging your OVI charge in University Heights, 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 University Heights OVI Defense Attorney

Our University Heights OVI Defense Lawyers 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 University Heights 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 University Heights, Ohio.

OVI Penalties

OVI penalties are very serious. Conviction of even the least severe OVI can result in a jail sentence of up to six months. OVI can also be a felony. The degree of your charge is dependent on several factors. Call the OVI Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to determine the degree of your OVI and to understand the range of penalties you are facing.

Ohio OVI penalties are some of the highest in the country. Conviction of an OVI in University Heights, OH, will subject you to these penalties. Below is an example of the range of penalties for conviction of a:

Third OVI in 10 Years

If you are convicted of your third OVI in 10 years then you are facing the following penalties:

Mandatory 30 day jail sentence up to one year;

Mandatory fine of $850 up to $2,750;

Mandatory license suspension of two (2) to twelve years;

Mandatory yellow license plate (DUI plate or “party plate”) and interlock device;

Mandatory alcohol and or drug addiction program; and

Forfeiture of your vehicle.

Third OVI in 10 Years and High Test or Refusal

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

Mandatory 60 day jail sentence up to one year;

Mandatory fine of $850 up to $2,750;

Mandatory license suspension of two (2) to twelve years;

Mandatory yellow license plate (DUI plate or “party plate”) and interlock device;

Mandatory alcohol and or drug addiction program; and

Forfeiture of your vehicle.

Contact the OVI Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently accepting new clients.  We are the OVI Defense Attorneys in University Heights, Ohio, 44118.

Below is part of the State of Ohio’s OVI law. This is found in the Ohio Revised Code, Section 4511.19:

OVI (Admissibility of Field Sobriety Tests)

(a) As used in divisions (D)(4)(b) and (c) of this section, "national highway traffic safety administration" means the national highway traffic safety administration established as an administration of the United States department of transportation under 96 Stat. 2415 (1983), 49 U.S.C.A. 105.

(b) In any criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceeding for a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section, of a municipal ordinance relating to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse, or of a municipal ordinance relating to operating a vehicle with a prohibited concentration of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a metabolite of a controlled substance in the whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine, if a law enforcement officer has administered a field sobriety test to the operator of the vehicle involved in the violation and if it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the officer administered the test in substantial compliance with the testing standards for any reliable, credible, and generally accepted field sobriety tests that were in effect at the time the tests were administered, including, but not limited to, any testing standards then in effect that were set by the national highway traffic safety administration, all of the following apply:

(i) The officer may testify concerning the results of the field sobriety test so administered.

(ii) The prosecution may introduce the results of the field sobriety test so administered as evidence in any proceedings in the criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceeding.

(iii) If testimony is presented or evidence is introduced under division (D)(4)(b)(i) or (ii) of this section and if the testimony or evidence is admissible under the Rules of Evidence, the court shall admit the testimony or evidence and the trier of fact shall give it whatever weight the trier of fact considers to be appropriate

(c) Division (D)(4)(b) of this section does not limit or preclude a court, in its determination of whether the arrest of a person was supported by probable cause or its determination of any other matter in a criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceeding of a type described in that division, from considering evidence or testimony that is not otherwise disallowed by division (D)(4)(b) of this section.

Cities in Cuyahoga County: Warrensville Heights, Walton Hills, Woodmere, Valley View, Westlake

Zip Codes in University Heights, Ohio: 44118, 44121