An Ohio DUI/OVI conviction carries harsh, unforgiving penalties. It makes sense to avoid the circumstances that can land you in jail, take away your driving privileges, and cost you money.

As a leading Columbus DUI/OVI defense law firm, we have seen the results of these convictions and want to offer up some good advice to avoid them in the first place. So, here are five great ways to avoid Ohio OVI charges:

  1. Don't Drink and Drive. Obviously, not drinking before getting behind the wheel is the most sensible precaution you can take. By planning ahead and getting a designated driver, calling a taxi, or walking, the issue of being arrested evaporates.
  2. Practice self-control. Limit yourself if you have a drink before you drive. Because your blood alcohol content must be over the limit for a conviction, it is not strictly against the law to drink and drive in Ohio. And keep in mind that being tired or taking certain medications can intensify the effects of alcohol.
  3. Don't shirk vehicle upkeep. Keep your vehicle properly maintained and registered at all times. A missing registration sticker or burned-out headlight is an invitation for an officer to stop you.
  4. Don't lose your cool at a traffic stop. If you are stopped, pull over safely and carefully right away. Be polite and cooperative and try to think rationally and clearly. Keep in mind that the traffic stop may be videotaped and make every effort to say and do the right things to avoid recording evidence that may be used against you later in court.
  5. Consider buying your own Breathalyzer machine. While it may not record the same levels as the type used by police, it can give you good basis for making your decision whether or not to drive.

As a leading Columbus criminal defense attorney, Adam Nemann wants to see you safe and sound. However, if you do find yourself facing DUI/OVI charges, he also wants you to achieve the best possible outcome. Call Nemann Law Offices today toll free at 888-294-9687 for an experienced and aggressive defense of your Ohio DUI/OVI case.

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