Toledo, OH- In a recent decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the testimony of an experienced police officer is enough to secure an OVI conviction. USAttorneys will discuss the decision and explain some of the consequences associated with an OVI charge.
The Ohio Supreme Court decision
The Ohio Supreme Court decision reverses a prior ruling which overturned a man’s OVI conviction. Clinton Richardson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of hydrocodone and was convicted based on the testimony of an experienced police officer, the Associated Press reports.
The officer, a 14-year veteran of the police force, testified that he saw Richardson hit another vehicle in the rear and exhibited signs of impairment including slurred speech and poor performance during field sobriety tests.
The appellate court overturned Richardson’s conviction stating that prosecutors failed to provide expert testimony which linked the driver’s behavior to hydrocodone. The state high court disagreed, saying that the effects of the drug are well known and ruled that an officer’s testimony was sufficient evidence.
Drugged driving in Ohio
There are many prescription drugs that affect motor skills and a motorist’s ability to react appropriately when and an emergency arises. Drugs affect reaction times and increase a person’s risk of being in a traffic accident. Prescription drugs can impair a person’s vision and make it different for them to focus on the task of driving.
What are the penalties for drugged driving?
If you are convicted of an OVI-related to drugs in Toledo, you can be sentenced to three days in jail up to six months. Your driver’s license could be suspended for six months to three years depending on several circumstances associated with your charges. You will also be required to pay fines between $250 and $1,000.
What is the most important aspect of an OVI defense?
If you are facing an OVI charge related to drugs, the most important aspect of your defense is proving that you were not under the influence of a drug at the time of your arrest. The presence of a substance in your bloodstream isn’t enough for a conviction in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court decision makes it much easier for a prosecutor to secure a conviction because an officer’s word is considered sufficient evidence to prove intoxication.
Speak to a defense attorney
After being charged with an OVI in Ohio, USAttorneys recommends you get legal advice. You are facing serious charges that could leave you with a criminal record. Call one of our OVI lawyers in Toledo and set up a case evaluation. We have a talented and devoted team of lawyers to work on your defense, so you have a greater chance of avoiding a conviction and a criminal record. Set up a consultation as soon as you are able.