Being human means that at some point in your life you will make a mistake or an error in judgment. If that mistake happens to include Springboro DUI charges, you could be looking at both short and long-term penalties and consequences without strong legal representation. Not only will you face emotional stress, but you will also face significant financial stress. A DUI conviction typically costs anywhere from $4,000 to $17,000, depending on the facts. Even those with solid employment can find it financially debilitating to deal with this level of unforeseen costs. Those living paycheck to paycheck can find a DUI conviction to be financially disastrous.
In addition to the financial costs of DUI, a conviction could result in a license suspension, which could keep you from working and making a living. What you need most right now is a Springboro DUI attorney who will give you knowledgeable, straightforward advice. You need an attorney who can carefully consider your options, then fight for your future. The Horwitz & Horwitz attorneys will do all this and more. We have been helping good people who find themselves facing DUI charges for more than two decades and are ready to do the same for you.
What Areas Related to DUI Can be Helped by a Horwitz & Horwitz Attorney?
A Springboro DUI attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz will help you from start to finish, so the quicker you have us on your case, the better your outcome is likely to be. It is important that you avoid giving evidence against yourself whenever possible. You may wonder whether you should submit to a chemical test, or whether refusing the test is the better course of action. If you are absolutely certain you would easily pass a Breathalyzer test, then taking the test might be best. If, however, you believe your BAC will be extremely high, your decision becomes more difficult.
On one hand, Breathalyzer tests are notoriously unreliable. This unreliability allows your attorney to challenge the results. You may have heard that submitting to a Breathalyzer or another chemical test is providing evidence against yourself. It is true that without a BAC, the only other evidence is the police officer’s (subjective) testimony. The prosecutor will have to work much harder to prove your guilt without BAC results.
On the other hand, if you refuse a chemical test you will face enhanced penalties (an individual with a commercial driver’s license is not allowed to refuse a Breathalyzer or other chemical test). Refusing a Breathalyzer test will cause you to lose your driver’s license for a year and you will face a $475 reinstatement fee. This is a much longer suspension than if you failed the Breathalyzer test (90 days). While it is not a criminal offense to refuse a Breathalyzer test, you should carefully consider both sides of the issue before making that decision.
What Are the Penalties and Consequences of a Springboro DUI?
You can be charged with DUI/OVI under Ohio law when your BAC was 0.08 percent or higher (0.04 percent for those with a CDL license, or 0.02 percent for those under the age of 21). Refusing a chemical test for a first-time DUI will result in a one-year suspension of your driving privileges, with a 30-day waiting period to apply for limited driving privileges. Subsequent refusals will result in increased penalties.
You will face 3 days to 6 months in jail for a first-time DUI, along with a suspension of your driver’s license for a period of 1-3 years, and fines from $375 to $1,075. If your BAC was 0.16 percent or higher, you will additionally face a mandatory 3 days in jail along with 3 days of a driver intervention program.
A second DUI penalty will include 10 days to 6 months in jail, a license suspension from 1-7 years, and fines from $525 to $1,625. A second DUI with a BAC of 0.16 percent or higher will additionally include a mandatory 20 days in jail—or 10 days in jail and 36 days on house arrest.
About Springboro, Ohio
Springboro is a suburb of Dayton and Cincinnati, located primarily in Warren County. As a part of the Miami Valley, Springboro has an estimated population of almost 20,000. Springboro was founded in 1815 by Jonathan Wright. Wright’s father was a surveyor who plotted Dayton and Columbus, as well as Louisville, KY. During its early years, Springboro was predominantly Quaker. A woolen factory and two mills were built on the abundant springs for which the town was named by the 1830s. Springboro was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, providing hiding places for escaping slaves. Springboro boomed in the late 1960s, fueled by the Dayton area growth. This transformed the sleepy town into a real estate hotspot.
Today Springboro is an important suburb in the Cincinnati-Dayton metro area. Each fall, Springboro hosts Oktoberfest, featuring authentic German food and drink and entertainment. In November, the city gathers along Main Street for a three-day festival known as Christmas in Springboro—the largest festival in the tri-state area. While Springboro is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, residents of Springboro can make a mistake and drive after drinking—just like people across the United States. When that happens, it is essential that an experienced Horwitz & Horwitz Springboro DUI attorney be contacted.
How Do You Choose a Springboro DUI Attorney?
It’s important that you hire a Springboro DUI attorney as quickly as possible following your charges. The sooner your attorney is on board, the sooner they can go to work defending your DUI charges. Since it is a life-altering event if you are convicted of DUI, don’t be afraid to ask your attorney questions to find out their level of DUI defense experience. Ask what the strategy will be for your charges, and don’t be afraid to ask about the costs.
Make sure the DUI attorney you hire will communicate with you throughout the process and will not hand you off to support staff. It’s important that you be kept in the loop, and that all major decisions are discussed with you before they are made. Your DUI attorney will be a highly skilled negotiator, as well as someone who can find all the potential holes in the prosecutor’s case, using them to your advantage.
If You’ve Been Charged with DUI, Horwitz & Horwitz Can Help
A Springboro DUI attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz will work hard to help you get the best results for your charges. While we cannot guarantee specific results, we promise to exhaust every avenue as we gather evidence to use in your defense. Unlike many law firms, we never take on more cases than we can handle, as our goal is to provide highly personalized attention to each client. We will always do what’s best for you, answering all your questions in a thorough, understandable manner, while clearly laying out your options. With 45 years of combined legal experience, we will handle your case from start to finish and will always stay in close communication with you throughout. Contact Horwitz & Horwitz today to get your life back on track.