Are you facing an OVI charge? If so, the process can seem intimidating and feel stressful. Learning a little bit about getting an OVI charge can help to put your mind at ease. Here are a few things that you should know about getting an OVI charge:

It's An Acronym Used in Ohio

Ohio has started using the acronym OVI, which stands for operating a vehicle impaired, as opposed to others because it does not specify what kind of vehicle someone must be operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Under the OVI designation, you could be riding a bicycle, a 4-wheeler, or even a horse-drawn carriage while under the influence and be charged with an OVI. This would not be the case if the charge were a DUI or DWI, both of which designations specify that you must be driving a motor vehicle to be charged with an intoxication crime.

It's Usually Easier to Convict Than a DUI or DWI

Because there is no stipulation as to what kind of "vehicle" you are driving when being charged with an OVI, it is much easier for prosecutors to get juries to agree on cases that they bring to trial. The prosecutors do not have to waste time trying to prove that a person was behind the wheel in a vehicle to prove that they were a danger to society while in transport. No matter what the mode is, all the prosecutors must do is prove that the person was a danger to others while in transport, no matter what the form of transport is.

It's a Good Idea to Work with an OVI Attorney

If you are ever charged with an OVI, it is a good idea to find a qualified OVI attorney to work with. Representing yourself in court can be stressful and open you up to questioning that you are not ready to answer. Your lawyer will prepare you for any questions you will be asked and help ensure that your legal rights are not infringed on in any way.

An OVI lawyer will do research, talk to witnesses, and find evidence to help prove your case, which is something that you would have a hard time doing yourself. Having a lawyer by your side will give you extra peace of mind and help you feel confident about the challenge that you are facing as the process unfolds.

If you are facing an OVI charge, contact a lawyer today to schedule a consultation appointment and start planning your defense.