Columbus DUI / OVI Lawyer
Ohio's Highest Ranked DUI / OVI Law Firm
For the 10th year in a row, The Koffel Law Firm achieved the highest ranking according to Best Law Firms in America, Best Lawyers in America and the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for DUI Defense. There are only five other law firms in Ohio listed in Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of DUI / OVI / DWI defense.
Our Municipal Court Team handles DUI/OVI cases in 12 counties in greater Central Ohio. Our deposits on legal fees start at just $500 and payment plans can be offered in most cases.
Our phones are answered live 12 hours per day and we have a new client confidential voice mail that is monitored 24/7/365.
The Koffel Law Firm is one of Ohio’s oldest, largest and most reputable DUI defense firms in Ohio.
Benefits of Working with The Koffel Law Firm
We focus on client service. Period. From same day / next day appointments, flat fee billing, interest free payment plans, and a client communication platform that is perhaps unrivaled by any other law firm in America. Our legal fees may be a little higher but our courthouse success and client reviews speak for themselves.
Which type of client are you?
"I Can't Have a DUI" or
"I Don't Want a DUI"
We will need to know this before getting started on a client's case. Not everyone needs to throw the kitchen sink at a DUI / OVI case. Others have to do everything possible to keep the DUI / OVI off their record. We accept both types of clients and have workable strategy models for each.
A Record of Success in OVI Cases
At Koffel Law Firm, the team works hard to have their clients exonerated or penalties reduced drastically in court.
Some of our most recent OVI successes include:
- Avoided Jail Time – Three clients of our firm were facing mandatory jail sentences. We were able to get their sentences reduced 100%. Clients did not receive a jail sentence.
- Charge Dropped – Client was facing an OVI charge but we were able to negotiate a fine-only disposition after the State agreed to drop DUI to a reckless operation charge.
- Charge Reduced – After accepting a plea deal, our client was able to receive the minimum possible penalties for their DUI charge.
View our other DUI / OVI case results to see how The Koffel Law Firm has been able to help clients facing drunk driving charges. Call the team today to learn more about how our attorneys can use their experience and knowledge to your advantage.
If you were charged with a DUI, one of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to understand as much about your current situation as possible. The more you know, the better you will be able to defend yourself in court. Our team here at the Koffel Law Firm will help make sure that you have all the knowledge you need to feel confident moving forward.
If you were arrested and charged with a DUI or OVI in Ohio, your license will be suspended for at least six months. However, you have the right to request a hearing with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) within 30 days of your suspension to contest it. It’s important to hire the right attorney to represent you during the hearing to give yourself the best chance to have your license reinstated.
This law made considerable changes to drinking and driving laws in Ohio since it went into effect on April 6, 2017. A key change was that the look back period – the amount of time between previous OVI convictions stay on someone’s record and count towards future arrests – was extended from six years to ten years. Annie’s Law also added the option to fit a vehicle with an ignition interlock device, which can allow drivers to continue using their vehicles and cut down the amount of time their license is suspended for.
Understanding whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony OVI is important – while misdemeanor OVIs can still come with substantive consequences, they pale in comparison to felony charges. Felony OVI charges come with a minimum of 60 days in prison, a $1,350 fine, a suspended license, criminal forfeiture of your vehicle, and more.
Ohio law allows the victims of drunk driving accidents to file civil injury lawsuits against the businesses or social hosts who provided alcohol to the drunk driver who caused the crash. There are limitations on when these additional parties can be included in a lawsuit, all of which are broken down in Ohio Revised Code 4399.18, as well as the damages injured victims can seek.
Being charged with driving under the influence can come with significant legal and financial consequences, all of which are broken down in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19. Understanding the charges against you and the consequences you may face is an important step you need to take if you were charged with an OVI in Ohio. If you choose to challenge the charges in court, the most important step is to hire an experienced DUI/OVI lawyer to represent you.
Being involved in an accident is a stressful situation to be in, no matter the circumstances surrounding it. If you were charged with an OVI on top of other potential charges, that stress will only skyrocket. Even if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit, having even the slightest trace of alcohol in your system will likely shift the blame over to you, even if you were not at fault in the accident.
If you have a prior DUI/OVI charge or charges on your record and are charged with another, the penalties you face will be even greater. It may also be increasingly difficult to argue your case in court, because even while the law states that you are innocent until proven guilty, your prior record will not do you any favors and can make judges less likely to believe your argument. It’s important to hire the right attorney to represent you and ensure that you receive a fair trial.
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adults in the United States is 0.08 percent, but the limit for anyone under the age of 21 is just 0.02 percent. Reaching this BAC is incredibly easy – a study conducted by Virginia Tech found that one 12-ounce beer is enough alcohol to raise a woman weighing 120 pounds’ BAC to 0.04. While underage drinking is not legal, a mistake like that shouldn’t affect your employment opportunities for the rest of your life.
Helpful DUI/OVI Resources
Ohio OVI Laws
Do you know the local laws against drinking and driving? Our OVI defense attorneys give you a comprehensive overview of not only Ohio state OVI laws, but municipal codes from the city of Columbus as well.
Ohio DUI / OVI Penalties
Even the first offense DUI holds serious penalties, including jail time, fines, suspension of the driver's license, community service and mandatory alcohol or drug treatment programs. If you are facing a DUI arrest, immediately talk to a law firm specializing in criminal and DUI defense.
Dublin DUI / OVI Lawyer
Have you been arrested for drinking and driving in Dublin, Ohio? Our DUI defense firm can help to protect your legal rights! Learn more about this area of our practice.