Drug OVI Attorney
Fighting for the Rights of Those Accused of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in OH
In Ohio, it is illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, such as prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or any other substance that affects your ability to drive. A conviction for drug-impaired driving can have serious consequences, including loss of driving privileges and steep fines and penalties. At DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, our Akron drug OVI attorneys can help you fight for your rights and your future.
What Is Considered Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Ohio?
Ohio law prohibits driving a vehicle while under the influence of any controlled substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a vehicle. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, and any other substance that affects your ability to drive. Ohio’s drug-impaired driving law also prohibits driving with a detectable amount of certain drugs in your system. The law does not specify what amount of a specific drug is necessary for a driver to be charged with drug-impaired driving, but law enforcement officers will often test for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances.
What Are the Penalties for Drug OVI in Ohio?
Ohio law establishes penalties for drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs. A first offense can result in a jail sentence of up to 6 months, a $375 fine, and a 90-day driver’s license suspension. A second offense within five years will lead to in a jail sentence of up to 6 months, $550 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension. A third offense within five years will result in a in a jail sentence of up to 1 year, $1,100 fine and a two-year driver’s license suspension.
How Can I Challenge a Drug OVI Charge in Ohio?
There are several ways that an experienced Akron drug OVI attorney can challenge a charge of drug-impaired driving. An experienced attorney will look at the specific facts of a case and determine which defenses may be appropriate. Some defenses that may be used include:
- There was no probable cause for a traffic stop
- The driver was not driving the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop
- The driver was not impaired at the time of the traffic stop
- There is insufficient evidence to prove impairment
Contact Our Akron Drug OVI Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, we can help. At DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, we have handled thousands of cases and have helped countless clients overcome their legal challenges. We are backed by a team of highly experienced attorneys and can provide you with the personalized attention you deserve.