Last OVI 11 years ago what am I facing? Need lawyer that takes payments.
Did you submit to the urine test? The Officer is allowed to determine what chemical test to offer and theoretically could require that you submit to all chemical tests. If you refuse any of the chemical tests offered, even if you submitted to another, it is considered a refusal. If you are charged with a refusal and you have a prior conviction within the last 20 years (and you have indicated your prior was 11 years ago), you are facing a mandatory minimum 6 days in jail (or possibly a 3 and 3 split) up to 6 months. Depending on the Judge and the prosecutor, with an accident, you may be looking at more than the mandatory minimums. I would definitely recommend you contact an attorney right away to determine what your options are. Did anyone see you driving? How did they find you? Did you drink after the accident? There are several factors that could determine the strength of you case.
What you face depends in large part how the OVI is charged. If you are charged with a refusal, your prior conviction exposes you to 6-180 day in jail plus some hefty fines and a lengthy license suspension. The accident may make this worse. You certainly need counsel to determine whether you took a chemical test, what the results were, and to have a look at the other evidence against you. The ALS can also be addressed to try to get you driving privileges. Many lawyers take payment plans and most of us offer a free consultation. Make some calls tomorrow and set a consultation with a local DUI defense attorney. You can find them with the find lawyer tab above.
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You are facing a potential for jail, loss of license, probation, drug and alcohol treatment, and a lot of financial fines, costs, and other hardships depending on your full record. I suggest you use the find a lawyer tab on AVVO to find an attorney in your area. Allen county can be a tough DUI area but there are some good lawyers who have had success there. Whether they take payments or not is up to the individual lawyer. One recommendation I always make for anyone looking for a DUI lawyer is to find an attorney who is a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and regularly attends their annual Advanced DUI Seminar. It is a seminar of the best of the best in DUI defense. Good luck.
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It all depends on the facts of the case. But, its a 1st in 6 yrs, so it could easily be treated as such. However, because of the crash & failure to stop, penalties could be higher than a 1st in 6 yrs. I'm CERTAIN if you plead guilty as charged you are facing Jail Time, SUBSTANTIAL FURTHER LICENSE SUSPENSION, and on and on. Also depends on the result of the Urine Test.
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