On July 18, 2011, we posted a blog regarding now resigned Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenborg's Indiana arrest for an April 23 drunken driving charge. Mecklenborg, 59, was driving 2004 Lexus with temporary Kentucky license plates on U.S. route 50 in Dearborn County at 2:47 a.m. when he was pulled over by an Indiana state trooper for having a front headlight out. After refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test and failing several field sobriety tests, Mecklenborg was arrested and charged with DUI/OVI.
Today, Mecklenborg pleaded guilty charge of driving under the influence in Dearborn County, Indiana. Mecklenborg was sentenced to 363 days probation, ordered to pay a $365 fine, and his Ohio driver's license was suspended for 90 days.
Mecklenborg's situation, although played out on a public stage, is demonstrative of what many people go through when charged with DUI/OVI. As a result of the stigma associated with his DUI/OVI charges, Mecklenborg was forced to resign his post as an Ohio State Representative.
You don't have to be a State Representative to experience the ill-effects of a DUI/OVI charge. Loss of employment is a common, yet often overlooked, consequence of DUI/OVI charges. An experienced DUI/OVI attorney can help navigate and, in many cases, avoid the difficulties associated with challenging a DUI/OVI charge and help you protect your interests both in and out of the courtroom.