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OVI Charge Reduced to Physical Control Violation

Updated: November 18, 2019
Antony Abboud
By Antony Abboud

Antony “Tony” Abboud is a partner and one of the proud founders of Gounaris Abboud, LPA. His law career included positions as a municipal court prosecutor and acting magistrate. He has been blessed to focus his 20-year law career in the two areas of criminal and traffic defense.

An OVI charge can be serious. When an individual is arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, it can lead to jail time, hefty fines, license suspension, and marks on the suspect’s criminal and driving records. Recently, a client came to Gounaris Abboud after being arrested and charged with an OVI. This particular client is the owner and operator of a successful IT consulting firm.

An OVI conviction could have given him trouble at his place of employment, and may have even cost him his position at the company if he had been convicted. Unfortunately, this was this man’s third OVI charge. If convicted, he may have been forced to spend up to one year in jail and would have been obligated to at least serve a minimum sentence of 30 days. The client’s vehicle would have been forfeited to the state if he was convicted and his license may have been suspended for up to 10 years as a result of his crime. In addition to all of this, he would have had to face a mandatory fine that could have amounted to $2,750.

These are serious punishments that could have had serious implications for our client. Thankfully, the professionals at Gounaris Abboud managed to reduce the charge to a physical control violation. This is a lesser charge that came with a light sentence. Our client did not have to spend any time in jail, and was charged a mere $150 fine. He was also ordered to do a weekend drivers’ intervention program as punishment.

Our client was able to get his license back the same day as his final court hearing, and was able to keep his position at the IT consulting firm. He was thrilled with the results of his case. You may also be able to receive satisfactory results in your criminal case if you hire a Dayton criminal defense attorney at Gounaris Abboud to tackle your OVI case.

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