Cincinnati, OH- In 2014, the Ohio State Patrol issued over 18,000 OVI citations according to their website. That is a lot of people facing serious penalties and the long-term consequences of an OVI conviction. That is also a lot of people who have misconceptions about their OVI charge and how best to handle their situation. Here the team of OVI/DUI attorneys at USAttorneys would like to discuss five of the more common misconceptions about OVI charges.

I will only get stopped for erratic driving

It is true police can’t pull a motorist over of the sole purpose of seeing if they are intoxicated, but there are dozens and dozens of other reasons they can pull you over. Even something as minor as forgetting to use your turn signal or failing to dim your bright lights is enough for police to pull you over but the true purpose of their stop is to take drunken drivers off the road.

I have to submit to field sobriety tests

Ohio, like many states have an implied consent law which states that when you get your driver’s license you are already agreeing to participate in field sobriety tests. Some field sobriety tests can be hard for sober people to perform. Even if you perform well on field sobriety tests, you still must submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. You can refuse field sobriety tests, breathalyzers and blood tests, but there are consequences which in Ohio can include an automatic suspension of your driver’s license for at least a year.

Breathalyzers are accurate

This is not always the case. Even though breathalyzers are commonly used and considered scientifically accurate, there is room for mistake. Breathalyzers fickle pieces of equipment and must be calibrated on a regular basis to give an accurate reading.  If a breathalyzer is not calibrated properly or they aren’t being used by someone with the proper training they can give an inaccurate reading and a person can be wrongfully charged with impaired driving. Also there are medical conditions and other situations that can give false reading on a breathalyzer.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to contact an OVI/DUI lawyer near your Ohio location immediately. They will look at the details of your arrest so they can determine if your OVI arrest was justifiable.

I have to be in a car to be charged with OVI/DUI

This is something many people don’t realize: You do not have to be in a car to be charged with an OVI. You can be charged with an OVI charge if you are on a bike, a scooter, driving a boat or riding a horse. You can even be charged with an OVI if you decide to take your riding lawnmower to the store instead of your car. (It happens, trust us). You should also note that it doesn’t matter your mode of transportation, the penalties for an OVI conviction are the same.

Finally, the most common misconception among many OVI offenders is: I don’t need an attorney. This is so wrong. The impact of your OVI arrest will be greater than you realize and you absolutely need an OVI/DUI attorney working in your defense. The consequences for a conviction include jail time, costly fines and suspension of your driver’s license. Our team of OVI/DUI lawyers in Ohio know how to build an effective defense and will work hard to help you avoid conviction.