Columbus DUI Lawyer
Choosing the right Columbus DUI Lawyer is critical. Being charged with a DUI / OVI in Columbus, Ohio can pose some very serious penalties. The State of Ohio has some of the harshest DUI / OVI laws which could lead to your case involving serious DUI consequences such as jail time, fines, and a license suspension. It is essential to have an experience and effective Columbus DUI lawyer to defend your rights.
I have known Dimitri for a very long time and he is not only an exceptional attorney, but an amazing person. He treats his clients with the utmost respect and provides realistic, truthful, and practical legal advice. If you are looking for an attorney, I highly recommend him.
I highly recommend Dimitri if you are in legal trouble. He has the answers you need and will shoot you straight when it comes to decisions. Having legal issues is a tough and uncomfortable situation, but Dimitri makes the whole process easier. Not only does he have the knowledge, but he will do what he can to get you in the best position you could be in. Best of all, he is very friendly and easy to talk to. Great Attorney and a great person. I hope I'm never in a position where i need legal defense, but if I am in that situation again, I will certainly call Dimitri.
Dimitri has represented myself and a few friends for OVI cases. In each case he took time to hear our version of what happened and represented us based on our unique situations. He was able to get lesser/appropriate charges and sentencing. He is super helpful explaining things and friendly!
Columbus DUI lawyer Dimitri Makridis has the experience and tenacity to handle your OVI / DUI case the right way and effectively fight for your rights.
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About Your Ohio OVI / DUI Case
Dimitri Makridis is a top Columbus DUI lawyer. If you’re charged with driving under the influence (DUI), known as an OVI (Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs) in Ohio, the attorneys at Makridis Law Firm can help you navigate your case and get you the results you deserve.
You may think your case has no defense, especially if the prosecutor’s argument is centered on test results and testimony that could incriminate you; contradicting this evidence may seem impossible. With the experience and skill set of Dimitri Makridis by your side, you have a much better chance at reducing or dismissing the charges.
The experienced and dedicated Columbus DUI / OVI and criminal defense attorneys at Makridis Law Firm are aware that when charged with a criminal offense, you are risking your freedom and future. Therefore, it is crucial to speak with a highly skilled and knowledgeable Columbus DUI lawyer who understands these risks and will advocate for your rights. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Makridis Law Firm represents clients throughout the central Ohio area as well as the surrounding counties with assertive and smart defenses for charges such as DUI / OVI, drug crimes, assault, felony and misdemeanors. Our comprehensive background in defending these crimes is just one reason Makridis Law Firm will help better represent you and your rights.
Makridis Law Firm has over 37 years of experience, focusing on DUI / OVI defense in Columbus, Ohio. As a dedicated Columbus DUI Lawyer, Dimitri Makridis has represented a variety of clients and therefore understands that each case is unique and requires the highest standard of representation. Dimitri Makridis offers free DUI / OVI consultations in order to gain a proactive perspective about your case and situation. Call now at 614.349.4490.
FAQ: Columbus DUI / OVI Frequently Asked Questions
What penalties do I face if I am convicted of DUI / OVI?
Whether it's your 1st or 4th conviction, please see our DUI / OVI penalties page for all potential penalties you might face if convicted. To avoid these penalties contact a Columbus DUI lawyer today. Call 614.349.4490.
What's the worst case scenario after I am arrested for DUI / OVI?
This really depends on the facts of your case, the prosecutor handling your case, and the judge you are in front of. People hear horror stories about lives being ruined because of an OVI conviction, which can make facing these charges even more nerve-wracking than they already are. But, an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer can review all of the different factors that surround your case (facts, prosecutor, and judge) and present the best possible strategy to resolve your case in a favorable way. Call 614.349.4490 today to find out how we may be able to help.
Do I have to consent to field sobriety tests?
No. You must exit your vehicle if the police ask you to do so, but field sobriety tests are completely voluntary. Do not let the situation or the police make you feel as though you need to comply. In fact, you should NEVER agree to perform field sobriety tests. They are balancing tests that all people fail (regardless of alcohol consumption and how good your balance is) because of how specific they are to follow and how difficult they are to perform. For more information on how to handle this situation, click here.
Can I be convicted of OVI if I refuse to take the breath, urine or blood test?
Yes. If you refuse to allow the arresting officer to measure the amount of alcohol in your breath, blood or urine, you may be convicted of DUI / OVI based on evidence of impairment, such as poor driving, odor of alcohol, admission to drinking, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, unsteady on feet, and poor performance on field sobriety tests. For more information on what to do when you get pulled over and have been drinking, click here.
Can I contest a DUI / OVI charge if I fail a breath, blood, or urine test?
Yes. Failing a chemical test does not automatically mean your case will be lost. There are a number of different laws, policies, procedures, and rules that the police must follow in order to legally admit your chemical test into court. An experienced Columbus DUI lawyer can review the evidence and help you decide how to best approach your individual case.
Should I agree to the search of my vehicle?
No. If you consent to the search of your vehicle, the officer can conduct a full search without a warrant. Anything the officer finds can and will be used as evidence against you in court. Do not give the officer consent to search your vehicle, even if the officer insists or pressures you to consent. Simply say "Sir / Maam, I do not consent to searches of my vehicle."
If I am arrested for DUI / OVI, can the officer search me and my vehicle before taking me to the police station?
Yes. After making the arrest, the officer can legally search the person being arrested and his / her vehicle.
Can I exercise my right to remain silent after I have already made a statement?
Yes. In the event that you do choose to make a statement, you can always stop talking at any time. Just tell the officer: "I don't want to tell you anything else officer, I choose to exercise my right to remain silent."
If you have been arrested, telling the officer that you wish to speak with an attorney requires that law enforcement end any interrogation, including asking questions that might incriminate you. To speak with a Columbus DUI lawyer, call Dimitri Makridis at 614.349.4490.
Can the police use force to arrest me?
Yes, and as much force as may be necessary to arrest you. But an unreasonable amount of force can be deemed as assault. After an arrest, a police officer may handcuff you, and if you resist in any way, the officer may use whatever force is necessary to restrain you.
What happens after I am arrested for DUI / OVI?
After you are arrested for DUI / OVI, you will be taken to a local police station and asked to perform a chemical test (breath, blood, or urine). For more information on whether to consent to a chemical test (breath, blood, or urine), please click here.
After that, a bond / bail is usually set to assure you appear in Court. If you cannot post bond you will likely have to spend the night in jail. If you post bond, make sure to show up for court. The arraignment must be scheduled within 5 business days of being arrested.
What is bail / bond?
Bail / bond is money or other property that is deposited with the clerk to ensure your appearance at a future court date. If you return to court, as required, then your bail will be returned at the end of the case (even if you are ultimately convicted). However, if you do not come to court when required or otherwise violate your bail / bond conditions, the bail / bond can be forfeited.
What happens if I submit to a breath test and test way over the legal limit?
What happens at arraignment?
The arraignment date must be held before a judge in court within 5 business days of your DUI / OVI arrest. During the arraignment, the charge(s) filed against you will be explained. You will also be asked by the judge to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
Having an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer at your arraignment is important because he / she can properly deal with your administrative license suspension (ALS), including, stay the suspension, request limited driving privileges, negotiate a favorable bond for you, review the file for defects, and otherwise get a feel about your case.
If you have only spoken to a DUI lawyer before your arraignment date, explain that to the judge and either continue your arraignment date or enter a plea of not guilty and hire an attorney.
Ohio Administrative License Suspension
Choosing to refuse to submit to a breath, blood or urine test, or testing over the legal limit can result in an administrative license suspension. In Ohio, such a refusal or a test over-the-limit will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
Refusal Administrative License Suspension Penalties
- 1st refusal: 1 year license suspension and driving privileges after 30 days;
- 2nd refusal: 2 year license suspension and driving privileges after 90 days;
- 3rd refusal: 3 year license suspension and driving privileges after 1 year;
- 4th refusal or more: 5 year license suspension and driving privileges after 3 years.
Breath Test Over-The-Limit Administrative License Suspension Penalties
If you choose to submit to a breath test and test over-the-limit (above .08 BAC) you will face the following penalties:
- 1st failed test: 90 day license suspension and driving privileges after 15 days;
- 2nd failed test: 1 year license suspension and driving privileges after 45 days;
- 3rd failed test: 2 year license suspension and driving privileges after 180 days;
- 4th failed test: 3 year license suspension and driving privileges after 3 years.
Can I get my DUI / OVI charge reduced to physical control or reckless operation?
This is a common misconception. Not all first-time DUI / OVI charges can be reduced. There are a number of different factors that dictate whether it might be a possibility. The facts of the case (including how you acted on the video, the reason for the stop, how the officer conducted his investigation, how you performed on the tests, and whether the officer had probable cause to arrest you), the prosecutor's view of the facts of the case, and many other factors. An experienced Columbus DUI lawyer can assess the facts of your case and decide whether it might be a realistic possibility. Call 614.349.4490.
Can I represent myself in a DUI / OVI case?
Yes, but not recommended. DUI / OVI law is overwhelming, technical, and convoluted. Each individual courtroom, judge, and prosecutor also impose their own obstacles and procedures. Not knowing the law will not afford you any leniency either (in fact, it usually works the other way around). An experienced Columbus DUI lawyer has the knowledge and experience to manage the very specific issues that might come up in your case, the law that applies to those issues, and how your court / prosecutor / judge might respond to the arguments that can be raised.
How much time will my DUI / OVI case take?
Each case comes with its own very specific fact pattern, so it depends on the facts of your case. Some cases can be resolved at arraignment, and others require a hearing and trial (which can take 6 months to 1 year from the date of arrest). An experienced Columbus DUI lawyer will evaluate the evidence in your case and take the time to sit down and discuss your case with you during each stage of the process.