At arraignment (the initial court appearance), if you haven't already spoken with a competent OVI lawyer, ask the court for a continuance to get an attorney. Your request will be granted if it is your first appearance. If you honestly don't have any money to hire a competent Ohio OVI lawyer, then ask the court if you can get a public defender or court appointed counsel.
Remember that pleading out at your arraignment WILL result in a CONVICTION on your record that will remain there for the rest of your life. An Ohio OVI is NOT expungeable!
It is also important to have an attorney review the reasons for the traffic stop and arrest as well as the breath (blood or urine) test that was collected to see if there are potential "issues" to raise if you fight the Ohio OVI charge.
Not all Ohio OVI lawyers are created equal!
I have made reference to getting a "competent" Ohio OVI lawyer because despite the large number of lawyers that advertise "OVI" on their website or in the yellow pages, there are very few lawyers in Ohio that actually know how to agressively fight a blood, breath or urine test, and more importantly, are WILLING to fight.
Some of the things you should ask the attorney you are considering for representation include: Have they been to the NHTSA field sobriety training course, how many motions to suppress do they do each year, do they own one of the breath testing instruments, WHEN was the last OVI jury trial they did, when was their last OVI bench trial, when was the last time they visited the police station (you were taken to) to inspect their breath test records/instrument, how many Ohio OVI charges do they represent a year in the court that your case is in.
A competent Ohio OVI lawyer will make sure that no stone goes unturned and will be there to protect your Rights!
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