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Making Sense of DWI and OVI Charges in Central Ohio


Were you pulled over on your way home from work, a concert, a night out with friends or following a campus sporting event? If you have been charged with a DUI/OVI or drunk driving, do not panic. I am Ohio DUI and OVI defense attorney Michael S. Probst, and I can help make sense of your DUI/OVI or DWI charges and protect your rights.

If you are facing drunk driving charges of any kind, it is important to seek experienced legal representation. Contact me, an Ohio criminal defense lawyer, online or call 614-232-8890 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Experienced Defense Against All Drunk Driving Charges

As a former assistant prosecutor with more than a decade of experience, I understand how to provide a vigorous defense against all types of drunk driving charges, including:

  • Multiple OVI/DUI/DWI charges
  • Manslaughter DUI charges
  • Refusing to take a breath test (Breathalyzer) in an Ohio DUI or OVI stop
  • Underage drinking defense
  • College student defense


Ohio Breathalyzer Tests

A Breathalyzer test is the most common means of testing for blood alcohol content used by police. If your blood alcohol content as measured by your breath is .08 or higher, you will be charged with a per se violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19, which means you are considered, as a matter of law, to be under the influence of alcohol. If you are under .08, you will not be charged with a per se violation, but you can still be charged with OVI (also known as DUI), if there is other sufficient evidence that you were driving while impaired. However, if you are under the age of 21, you can be charged with Operating a Vehicle – Underage Consumption, if your breath level is .02 or above.

Test Refusal

If you refuse to submit to field sobriety tests or a breath, blood or urine test, you will be arrested for a DUI or OVI. Refusal or failure of a chemical test will result in a mandatory administrative driver’s license suspension (ALS). The term of the ALS differs depending on whether you refused the chemical test or failed the test. Refusal means the suspension will remain in place, even if you are subsequently acquitted of the OVI charge. Failure of a test will result in a suspension of varying lengths, depending on the number of offenses.

You Are Not Alone

Believe it or not, more people are arrested for drinking and driving and other alcohol-related offenses than any other traffic or criminal charge. Prosecutors take these cases seriously, but there are defenses to drunk driving charges. As an experienced DUI attorney, I know many ways to help clients protect their rights and minimize negative consequences that may arise from a drunk driving arrest.

Contact a Columbus DUI Attorney

Drunk driving charges are serious and require a serious defense. Contact me, a Columbus drunk driving defense lawyer, online or call 614-232-8890 for a free initial consultation. It’s important to have a legal expert in your corner if you are dealing with DUI, OVI, or DWI charges in Columbus, Ohio.