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DUI, OVI, and Traffic Lawyers in Cleveland and Akron Ohio

In all states in the United States it is illegal for a driver to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In the state of Ohio, this offense is known as operating a motor vehicle impaired (OVI). OVI laws make it illegal for a person to operate a car, truck, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle if:

  • The driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle is impaired by the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed medications such as painkillers, or even over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines; or
  • The driver is intoxicated at a level above established OVI standards, such as blood-alcohol concentration (BAC).

Field Sobriety and Chemical Tests
When a police officer makes a vehicle stop and has a suspicion that the person operating the vehicle may be impaired, the officer may conduct "field sobriety" tests. The officer may ask for the driver’s consent to some form of chemical test to test for possible impairment.

Field sobriety tests normally involve a police officer requesting that the driver perform a number of tasks so the officer may assess any impairment of the person's physical or cognitive ability. Some examples of  types of field sobriety tests include having the driver recite the alphabet backwards or having the driver walk a straight line, heel to toe.

A Breathalyzer is a chemical test that may be used during a vehicle stop.  A Breathalyzer measures the driver's blood-alcohol concentration (BAC).  A Chemical test that may be performed at a hospital is a urinalysis and/or blood test.

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