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Do You Need an OVI Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). The consequences of OVI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for OVI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the OVI.
an OVI Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced OVI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. an OVI lawyer mostly deals with OVI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of an OVI vary greatly from state to state and an OVI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for OVI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. an OVI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced OVI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if an OVI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire an OVI Lawyer if you already have several OVI's and receive another; or if your OVI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring an OVI Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second OVI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire an OVI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or OVI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.
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Mr. Douglas A. Funkhouser is an Ohio criminal defense attorney, with more than 20 years of experience,compassion for his clients and the diligence to seek justice for all whom he represents. Unlike many attorneys who take a hands-off approach to client representation to increase their case loads, Mr. Funkhouser personally handles each unique case and treats all clients with dignity and respect. Mr. Funkhouser takes his responsibility of representing vulnerable individuals seriously, and strives to obtain the same justice for his clients that he would want for himself and his family.
Mr. Funkhouser began his extensive law career in 1995. Prior to founding Douglas A. Funkhouser Co., L.P.A. in 2000, Mr. Funkhouser represented nearly 1,000 clients on a wide variety of civil law issues. As a prosecutor in the U.S. Army, Mr. Funkhouser led a legal staff that prosecuted more than 400 misconduct cases, successfully prosecuted four courts-martial in the Republic of South Korea and acted as the sole legal advisor for 30 commanders with more than 4,000 soldiers deployed within 10 miles of demilitarized zone.
As a graduate of The United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mr. Funkhouser also worked as a Captain the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, specialized in military law, statutes and regulations and provided legal advice to special agents and commanders on investigative, administrative and criminal law issues. Additionally, Mr. Funkhouser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University Law School with honors, both in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Funkhouser received bar admissions from the following entities:
- State of Ohio, admitted November, 1995
- United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, admitted November, 1995
- U.S. Military Courts, admitted 1996
Mr. Funkhouser is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and recipient of the following prestigious honors:
- U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal
- U.S. Army Commendation Medal
- The National Defense Service Medal
- Overseas Ribbon
- Australian Royal Army Parachutist Badge
- U.S. Army Basic Parachutist Badge