O.V.I / D.U.I
Many, if not most times, the officer will request that you step from your vehicle to conduct what are called “field sobriety tests”, commonly referred to as “FST’s”, a litany of difficult coordination and dexterity exercises that are designed for you to fail. The officer may thereafter request that you take a “Breathalyzer”, which is designed to measure your blood alcohol content. Most law-abiding citizens automatically want to cooperate, and while they feel they may be helping themselves in cooperating by taking these tests, they are only assisting the officer in amassing evidence against them. Most people are not aware that they have the right to refuse any and all tests. It is advised that the FST’s should always be politely refused. The decision to take the Breathalyzer is in the hands of the driver, and should be made based on how much the driver has had to drink, if any at all. Be aware, however, that if you refuse a breath test, there will be an automatic administrative suspension of your driver’s license. Driving privileges are most times available through the Court however, and the decision to politely refuse the breath test may be well worth it. Even if the tests are conducted with unfavorable results for you, it is imperative to have an experienced O.V.I.trial attorney who knows how to challenge them.
O.V.I. is a daunting law, and one who is charged mustn’t attempt handling it on his or her own. Many believe that by entering a plea of “guilty” to the Judge, it will cause the Judge to respect the fact that the defendant has taken responsibility and reward him or her with mercy or leniency. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a former prosecutor, I know that many Judges actually interpret it as a sign of disrespect to the Court to appear without counsel.
Contact Cavinder Law Office and O.V.I. defense attorney Jason Cavinder now if you or a loved one is being investigated for or charged with an O.V.I. or related offense. Or, if you simply have questions pertaining to the area of criminal law or traffic law, our office is ready to help. We can be reached by telephone at (937) 751-4949, or by email at Jason@CavinderLaw.com. Our consultations are free and confidential.