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Chad K. Hemminger, Esq.

Chad Hemminger is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Columbus, Ohio who aggressively represents individuals charged with OVI/DUI and other felony and misdemeanor criminal charges throughout the State of Ohio. Although his docket typically consists of criminal defense cases in Franklin County, Delaware County, Licking County, Fairfield County and Madison County, He is frequently retained to represent people throughout the entire State of Ohio.

Meet Chad Hemminger

About Chad K. Hemminger, Esq.

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Chad K. Hemminger, 35, is a criminal defense attorney with the law firm of Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. Chad represents individuals accused of criminal offenses throughout the Central Ohio area, as well as the entire State of Ohio. Chad focuses his practice in all areas of criminal defense, but also has a particular emphasis on drunk driving (OVI/DUI) and other alcohol and/or drug related offenses. Chad has a winning record at trial and handles cases in every common pleas court, municipal court and mayor's court throughout Columbus and the Central-Ohio area. In addition, Chad is often retained to travel and represent individuals in various municipalities and counties outside of the Columbus area.

Originally from the City of Shelby in Richland County, Ohio, Chad graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2001 before relocating to Cleveland and attending law school at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. While in law school, Chad began working as a law clerk for a practicing criminal defense attorney and also served as a legal extern for the Organized Crime Division in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Chad was also the law school's 2003 recipient of the Joel Jay Finer Award for Outstanding Student in the Field of Criminal Procedure. After graduating from law school and passing the Ohio bar exam in 2004, Chad returned to Columbus and began working at a small boutique law firm until he eventually accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ashland County, Ohio. As a prosecutor, Chad handled both adult criminal and juvenile delinquency cases in Ashland County. In 2006, Chad attended and graduated from the National College of District Attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina. As a prosecutor, Chad handled every type of criminal case ranging from minor traffic tickets to drunk driving to homicides.

In 2008, Chad returned to Columbus and joined the law firm of Lane Alton & Horst. Although Lane Alton & Horst is a full service law firm, Chad personally represents clients in the areas of OVI/DUI, traffic, criminal and juvenile delinquency defense. Chad lives in the City of Columbus and is very active in the Columbus community. Chad is a member and past President of Business Networking International's (BNI) Cap City Chapter in Worthington and currently serves on the Board of Directors for LeaderSpark, a part of the United Way of Central Ohio. Chad is also actively involved in various volunteer and charitable causes throughout Columbus, including Life Care Alliance and the Columbus Cancer Clinic. In addition, Chad spends most of his spare time on the golf course, but has also completed four marathons, including the Columbus and New York City Marathons.

“My greatest satisfaction in life comes from the work I do and the help I provide to others.”
– Chad Hemminger
Our Promise to You.

If you call me today, I promise that I will take the time to personally meet with you and listen to your case. My promise to you is that I will take the time to explain and guide you through the legal process. The criminal justice system can be frightening and overwhelming, but I personally handle every case and promise to explain every detail. Together, we will explore and discuss every option. I provide every client with my personal cell phone and invite them to call or text me with any questions 24/7. If you or a loved one are in need of an experienced OVI lawyer call (614) 636-3DUI today.

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If you are in trouble with the law and are in need of sound legal advice contact Attorney Chad Hemminger Today. Simply fill out the form below or call (614) 636-3DUI.

Were you pulled over at night?
Were you stopped at a checkpoint?
Was the field sobriety test given in a well lit area?
Did you submit to a breathalyzer test?
Did you have a valid drivers license?
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Ohio DUI Laws and Penalties

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Laws and penalties vary from state to state. Some states may refer to a drunk driving related offense as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) OVI (Operating Vehicle Impaired), or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) but these all refer to the same offense.

An individual suspected of operating a motor vehicle impaired may initially be subjected to a field sobriety test (FST). This is a quick exercise for the driver which is used to determine whether or not they are intoxicated. The police officer may ask the individual to follow a pen with their eyes, recite the alphabet, tip their head back and touch their nose, or walk in a straight line heal to toe. These tasks are difficult to perform for an individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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If an officer suspects a person is intoxicated he may subject the driver to a Breathalyzer test on the scene

If the officer suspects a person is intoxicated after performing a field sobriety test he may subject the driver to a Breathalyzer test on the scene or he may escort the individual to the police station for a blood or urine test to determine the percentage of alcohol in their blood stream. All that is required in Ohio, for a person over the age of 21, to be charged with a drunk driving related offense is a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08%. The majority of states have now passed laws which allow the arresting office to revoke the license of drivers who fail or refuse to take a breath test. These laws are referred to as Administrative License Revocation (ALR). All states have adopted zero tolerance polices which prohibit drivers under 21 from having any measurable amount of alcohol in their blood system.

The consequences of drunken driving offenses differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by the driver’s age, BAC, previous OVI convictions, and whether injury or death occurred during the incident.

Hiring an Experienced DUI Lawyer Matters

The penalties of OVI offenses vary from state to state. Chad K. Hemminger, an OVI lawyer in Ohio, will be able to explain these variations which include (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with higher BAC limits (.08 versus .17), (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of the Court and the Ohio BMV to suspend or revoke your license (5) limited driving privileges that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

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An OVI lawyer can manage the criminal process.

As an experienced OVI lawyer, Chad K. Hemminger can manage the criminal process by completing the required forms; making phone calls; reviewing evidence; negotiating with prosecutors; scheduling and/or representing individuals at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Only an experienced OVI lawyer will be able to explain the intricacies of OVI laws in Ohio to determine the best resolution to each individual case. And Chad K. Hemminger may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation allows for it.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you need a DUI lawyer. The Following types of cases can also include additional penalties:
  • You were arrested with a BAC limit over .17 (double the legal limit) as harsher penalties will apply
  • Your second lifetime DUI (in Ohio or any state).
  • Your DUI arrest involved an accident, or if an injury or death occurred do to your drunk driving incident.
  • You are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
  • You are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires a professional license.
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We pride ourselves on offering prompt responses to phone calls or emails, real-time updates concerning the status of your case, clear explanations of what comes next in a case — no complex legal jargon to understand, frank, realistic assessments of the best course of action based on the your needs, legally sound, compelling arguments tailored to the specifics of each case and aggressive representation before a judge or jury.

We welcome your calls on any detail of your case at any time. Call (614) 636-3DUI.

Call on Attorney Chad Hemminger for assistance if you need an attorney who takes prompt action when the circumstances are dire. Mr. Hemminger is not afraid to take tough cases and face seemingly insurmountable problems. He is available 24 hours a day should an emergency arise that requires a defense lawyer by your side as soon as possible. Reach out to the firm's office online or at 614-636-3DUI to schedule a free initial consultation.

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