You never thought it could happen to you. After all, you only had a couple of drinks. Besides, you are a good, safe driver and have never been in trouble with the law before. But suddenly, you get pulled over, and a police officer slaps cuffs on you. Before you know it, you find yourself heading to jail charged with a DUI. What you do next could determine your future.
The Oxford, Ohio DUI lawyers from Gounaris Abboud, LPA, are here to help minimize the impact of a DUI on you and your family’s future. Our dedicated DUI defense attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience successfully defending folks like you who get charged with DUI.
The City of Oxford, Ohio was founded as a home for Miami University in 1809. As such, the Court in Oxford presides over many cases that involve Miami University students. Gounaris Abboud has lawyers that attended Miami University and are very familiar with the school and the Court.
The Court is part of the Butler County Area Court system. The Court in Oxford is known as Area Court I and the Judge that presides over this Court is the Honorable Robert H. Lyons who has been the Judge in this Court since 1999. The Court is located at 118 West High Street in Oxford.
How Can Our DUI Attorneys in Oxford Help You?
You likely have many questions about your DUI charges. You might want to know what punishment you are facing, if you could lose your license, and how a DUI conviction could otherwise negatively affect your life.
As one of our clients, we will take the time to ensure that you fully understand your rights, possible defenses, and potential penalties. Having a thorough understanding of your situation helps us guide you through the DUI process and helps you make an informed decision about your case.
Law enforcement officers in the Oxford area are always on the lookout for drivers they suspect are under the influence. So DUI arrests are common, but that doesn’t diminish their complexity. A skilled and experienced DUI defense lawyer knows each case is unique.
Consequently, we do not know what defenses will work best for you until we dig through all of the facts and circumstances of your case. Contacting our firm immediately after your arrest allows us to get to work on your case right away.
Experienced DUI Lawyers Protecting Your Rights and Your Future
We do not take a cookie-cutter approach when we defend DUI cases. Our experienced attorneys look for the nuances in your case to give you the biggest advantage possible.
In some cases, we can challenge the police officer’s decision to stop you. In other cases, we might have a good argument to suppress evidence of your chemical test or negotiate a reduced charge. It all depends on the facts of your case.
Keep in mind that you enjoy the presumption of innocence. That means the State has the burden to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You never have to prove your innocence, even though the cards might seem stacked against you. Our Oxford DUI lawyers have substantial experience fighting DUI charges at trial and winning. Click here to review some of our most recent victories.
Avoid the Consequences of a DUI Conviction with Aggressive Representation
Ohio’s DUI (or OVI, as it is sometimes called) law calls for harsh penalties if someone is convicted—even if it’s only a first offense.
According to the Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19, a person convicted of a first-offense DUI is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. That means you could serve up to six months in jail, with a three-day minimum-mandatory sentence. You will also have to pay over $1,000 in fines and fees and have a suspended license for one to three years.
A fierce advocate will fight to reduce or eliminate the time you spend in jail. The judge can suspend the three-day jail term and send you to a driver’s intervention program if your attorney convinces the judge that this is the appropriate sanction for you. Additionally, a seasoned attorney knows how to persuade a judge to grant unlimited driving privileges to a first-time offender—even after a guilty verdict.
Successfully defending your DUI charges avoids other consequences as well. The sanctions for DUI charges increase with each conviction. Accordingly, you could serve a longer jail sentence, pay greater fines, and lose your license for longer if you have a record of DUI convictions.
Oxford DUI Lawyers Are Ready to Fight for You
Call us today at (937) 222-1515 or reach us online to schedule a free consultation with an award-winning DUI attorney. Our lawyers proudly earned distinctions as Ohio SuperLawyers and inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 rankings.
We give all of our clients the individualized attention they deserve. Our hard-hitting lawyers know what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome for you.