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DUI/OVI

If you’ve been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (“OVI”), it’s important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. OVIs are some of the most complex cases out there. There are many issues a good attorney will need to examine closely to determine the strength or weakness of the state’s case.

Even if you are technically guilty — you were drunk or high and you drove a car — there are ways to have your charges reduced or even dismissed.

Despite your alleged conduct, the police have strict rules that they are required to follow in all OVI investigations. If the police violate these rules or your rights in the process of investigating and arresting you, then the evidence they have collected as a result of those violations cannot be used against you. You need a skilled attorney to spot these issues and bring them to light.

I’ve handled OVI cases in courts all over Ohio and lecture regularly on OVI law for The Stevens’ Center and the McIntyre Center Driver Intervention Programs.

The penalties of an OVI in Ohio include mandatory jail time, license suspension, and costly fines. If you have been charged with an OVI, call my office today or send me a confidential email. Don't go to court without an attorney to advocate for you.


Drug Charges

In Ohio, even minor drug offenses can have serious consequences. For example, a conviction for minor misdemeanor marijuana possession may result in a six (6) month to five (5) year driver’s license suspension, and may even prevent you from qualifying for student loans.

Whether you’ve been charged with possession or trafficking, it’s crucial that you have legal representation to protect your rights. An attorney will closely examine the facts of your case to determine, among other things, if the police acted appropriately during all stages of their investigation.

If law enforcement officers violated your rights or deviated from mandated procedures, the evidence against you may be inadmissible, and your charges could be reduced or even dismissed.


Contact the firm today to discuss your case.


Domestic Violence/Assault

A conviction for domestic violence or assault has many consequences, ranging from jail time to not being able to own a firearm. Additionally, domestic violence in Ohio is an enhanceable offense, meaning that if you’re convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and get charged again later in life, you’ll now be facing a felony and likely prison time.

There are complex issues surrounding domestic violence and assault cases. It is absolutely crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.


​Traffic

From speeding tickets to driving under suspension, traffic charges can result in costly fines, higher insurance rates, and even jail time. A conviction for a moving violation — speeding, running a stop sign, etc. — will result in points being added to your driving record. These points may increase your insurance premiums and the accumulation of twelve (12) points will result in an automatic license suspension.


There are ways to reduce traffic charges and avoid points. Contact me to discuss your traffic case.


Expungement/Record Sealing

Ohio law permits individuals to “seal” or “expunge” many different criminal convictions. Once your record is sealed, it’s as if the arrest and conviction never happened and you can truthfully tell potential employers that you have no criminal record.

In order to seal your criminal record, you must file a motion in the court where you were convicted. Records do not seal or expunge automatically after a period of time. If you were convicted of marijuana possession ten years ago, that conviction remains on your record unless and until you file a motion to seal it.

Expungement law in Ohio can be complex. If you have a criminal record and are interested in sealing it, contact me for a free consultation.

If you are eligible to have your convictions sealed, you should do so. It’s a small and worthwhile investment.​


Probation Violations

If you were placed on probation for any type of offense -- misdemeanor, felony, or traffic -- that means there is jail time hanging over your head that the court can impose if you violate any of the terms of your probation. If you've been accused of a probation violation, it is crucial that you have legal counsel to represent you at the hearing.


Even if you are guilty of the violation, a skilled attorney will advise you of the steps necessary to mitigate any wrongdoing and how to best convince the judge to give you a second chance.


Probation violations are serious. If you've been charged with a violation -- no matter how minor you may think it is -- the consequences can be severe. Contacting my office is a good first step toward avoiding jail time.


practice areas

felonies

​1st Degree -- 3-10 years max prison; $20k max fine

2nd Degree -- 2-8 years max prison; $15k max fine

​3rd Degree --  1-5 years max prison; $10k max fine

4th Degree -- 6-18 months max prison; $5k max fine

5th Degree -- 6-12 months max prison; $2,500 max fine


misdemeanors

1st Degree -- 180 days max jail; $1,000 max fine

​2nd Degree -- 90 days max jail; $750 max fine

3rd Degree -- 60 days max jail; $500 max fine

4th Degree -- 30 days max jail; $250 max fine

Minor Misdemeanor -- No jail; $150 max fine


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Ohio penalties

The Jablonski Law Firm represents individuals charged with a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses. The following represent a sampling of the most common charges the firm handles.