Proven OVI Defense Attorney in Wellington, 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 Defense Attorney Robert Stiefvater has been successfully representing individuals since 2003.  If you were charged with OVI in Wellington, Ohio, call Stiefvater Law, LLC to find out if we are accepting new clients and to discuss your defense.  Our OVI Lawyers will explain every step of the process.  Put our experience to work for you in Wellington, OH.

The Wellington OVI Lawyers 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.

Call Stiefvater Law, LLC and speak to an OVI Defense Attorney who is familiar with the court in which your case is pending.  If you have been charged with an OVI in Wellington or anywhere in Ohio, we know you have questions.  We will provide the answers. During our free OVI consultation, we will discuss the facts of your case as well as the possible penalties you are facing if convicted.  We pledge to you that we will not just give a hard sell on our services.  The Wellington OVI Lawyers at Stiefvater Law, LLC believe that a client should be confident and comfortable with their legal representation – even if they choose to hire outside of our Wellington OVI Law Firm.  We limit the number of OVI clients we accept because we want to be just as confident and comfortable with our clients as they are of us.

OVI Penalties in Wellington, Ohio

OVI in Wellington, 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 OVI conviction has a mandatory license suspension and a mandatory jail sentence.

Contact an OVI Attorney in  Wellington 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 Wellington 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 Three (or more) Priors in 10 Years

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

Refused Chemical Test with Three (or more) Priors in 10 Years

Mandatory five year license suspension. No driving privileges for three years.

Effective Wellington 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 Wellington OVI Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to protect your rights, your license, and to keep you out of jail.

While challenging your OVI charge in Wellington, 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 Wellington OVI Attorney

Our Wellington 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 Wellington 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 Wellington, 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 Defense 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 Wellington, OH, you are subject to severe penalties. Below is an example of the range of penalties for conviction of a:

First Underage OVI in a Year

If you are convicted of your first underage OVI  in one year then you are facing the following penalties:

Jail sentence of 0 – 30 days;

Fine of $0 up to $250;

Optional court ordered treatment;

Mandatory license suspension of 90 days up to 2 years; and

Optional yellow plates (DUI plates or “party plates”) and interlock device.

Second (or more) Underage OVI in a Year

If you are convicted of your second (or more) underage OVI in a year then you are facing the following penalties:

Jail sentence of 0 – 30 days;

Fine of $0 up to $500;

Optional court ordered treatment;

Mandatory license suspension of one year up to 5 years; and

Optional yellow plates (DUI plates or “party plates”) and interlock device

Call the OVI Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the OVI Attorneys in Wellington, Ohio, 44090.

The following is a section of Ohio Revised Code 4511.19, which is the State of Ohio’s law regarding OVI:

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

Zip Codes in Wellington, Ohio: 44090