In Ohio, the majority of DUI/OVI convictions are prosecuted as misdemeanor offenses; however, under certain circumstances, a DUI conviction can be prosecuted as a felony offense. A felony OVI conviction can involve exorbitant fines, incarceration and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. If you are currently in a situation where you are facing felony DUI charges, we urge you to contact an attorney from The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, right away to protect your legal rights, your freedom and your future.
Perhaps one of the worst possible scenarios to be in is one where you were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and you were involved in a collision where somebody was killed, or where a pregnancy was terminated as a result of the accident.
Under Section 2903.06, no person while operating a motor vehicle shall cause the death or an unlawful termination of a pregnancy in violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, or from an equivalent municipal ordinance. This means that it is unlawful for someone to take someone else’s life when operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
If it is found that the driver took someone else’s life while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination thereof in violation of Section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, then they will be guilty of a felony which carries serious penalities such as long jail sentences and heavy fines.
In Ohio, when a person has three or four priors within a six-year time period, or if they were convicted for five or more priors within 20 years, then they will be charged with a felony in the fourth degree, which is punishable by fines ranging from $1,350 and $10,500, three years to a lifetime driver’s license suspension, criminal forfeiture of their vehicle if the vehicle was registered in their name, and up to five years in prison.
If the person had a prior felony OVI, then it is considered a felony in the third degree, which is punishable by a fine ranging from $1,350 to $10,500, three years to a lifetime driver’s license suspension, and the criminal forfeiture of their vehicle if the vehicle was registered in the offender’s name.
Felony charges are as serious as it gets when it comes to a DUI offense, and you are going to need the help of a meticulous and compassionate attorney. By hiring an attorney from The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, you can breathe easier knowing that your constitutional rights will be protected and that even if you did make a mistake, we can pursue a favorable plea bargain that may be far better than the alternative.
In the matter of a vehicular homicide case, the state will have to prove that the death was caused as a direct result of driving under the influence, in which case the penalties may include up to five years in prison and over $10,000 in fines. Therefore, anything we can do to challenge the case or to mitigate your penalties will be extremely valuable to you and your future.
If you are facing felony DUI charges, please email us or call 740-908-4550 right away so we can get working on tailoring a powerful defense on your behalf. We care about your future, and we are here to help in every way that we can. We are pleased to offer free consultations at our Delaware, Ohio office. Se habla español.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Calling a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before speaking to law enforcement is the best way to protect your future. Our attorneys will work to minimize or eliminate the possibility of jail time, a prison sentence, probation, hefty fines and a permanent criminal record. Call us now at 740-908-4550 to schedule your free consultation with one of the firm’s knowledgeable attorneys.
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