Law enforcement throughout the state of Ohio was amped up for the New Year’s Eve holiday in effort to remove drunk drivers from the roads.

A sergeant with the State Highway Patrol said DUI arrests typically spike during the holiday season and last year there were 648 DUI arrests in the state between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. That doesn’t count the arrests that were made after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1.

The total number of DUI arrests for this year’s holiday season has not yet been reported, but it is likely just as high.

If you were one of the many drivers who were arrested for drunk driving over the holidays, you may be confused and frightened about your charges. Because the stakes are so high in cases involving first time as well as repeat OVI offenses, you have every reason to be worried.

However, you should know that you do have rights and contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney can help to make sure those rights are protected. When we represent clients facing first time and repeat OVI offenses we carefully analyze the case looking for all possible defenses.

  • Was our client pulled over illegally?
  • Was there some other reason the client failed field sobriety tests?
  • Were blood alcohol tests such as a breathalyzer, blood test or urine test administered properly?
  • Does the prosecution lack evidence necessary to convict?
  • Was the police officer just out to fill a holiday arrest quota?

These are just a few of the questions we ask when beginning an investigation into a client’s case. To find out more about the work we do representing people who have been charged with DUI in West Virginia and Ohio, please visit our website.