Ohio OVI Overview
Do You Need a 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). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. 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.
A 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. A 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 a OVI vary greatly from state to state and a 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. A 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 a OVI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a 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 a 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 a 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.
More about Lorin J. Zaner
Lorin Zaner is a criminal and juvenile defense attorney located in Toledo, Ohio and licensed to practice in both Ohio and Michigan. While his practice covers a wide range of criminal offenses, he has become one of the nations leading attorneys in the successful defense of child abuse allegations, including but not limited to allegations of sexual abuse that arise during a divorce or custody dispute and allegations of shaken baby syndrome.
Lorin believes in providing each client with prompt, personal attention. He makes every effort to return phone calls promptly and to keep clients thoroughly informed of the options available to him or her at each stage of the case. Lorin always focuses his advice and efforts toward the best resolution for you. After all, your success is his success.
I have handled a number of drunk driving cases, including homicide cases as a result of alcohol abuse.
I have handled drug cases ranging from minor offenses to substantial quantities of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, PCP, LSD and others.I have handled a number of drunk driving cases, including homicide cases as a result of alcohol abuse.
Lorin has handled drug cases ranging from minor offenses to substantial quantities of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, PCP, LSD and others. Other cases include criminal and traffic cases, family law cases, personal injury and malpractice cases, real estate matters and probate.
Lorin Zaner been a licensed attorney in Ohio and Michigan since 1976. His undergraduate degree was in chemical engineering. His scientific background has been invaluable to him in his practice, particularly in cases which require a scientific approach. Since being admitted to the practice of law, Lorin has handled thousands of cases in numerous and diverse areas of the law.
Over the years, Lorin has developed a special interest and extensive knowledge in representing people regarding child abuse related cases. He has handled criminal and domestic cases involving alleged sexual assault and false allegations of child abuse. As one might imagine, the most difficult cases are those of the falsely accused. These include adults accused of adult rape and adults and children accused of molesting their own children, stepchildren or others. Each case is different and the facts and circumstances need to be thoroughly explored. Of the numerous cases in this area that Lorin has tried to a jury, the vast majority have resulted in acquittals for his clients.
Lorin stays informed of the current research in these areas, attending conferences around the country where he often lectures and meet some of the top experts in the areas of psychology, psychiatry and medicine. Through these relationshipos, Lorin has been able to use the services of these experts to help explain to juries how false allegations develop and how many doctors misinterpret what they see as alleged sexual abuse, when it may not be abuse at all.
For instance, Lorin represented a woman accused of killing her child by “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” He brought in the top experts around the country and obtained a verdict of “Not Guilty” on her behalf. Lorin also represented another couple that lost custody of their child due to allegations of shaken baby. Based on his cross-examination of the State’s expert, and the compelling testimony of my expert, the Court returned the child to the parents.
Over the years, Lorin has built a network of hundreds of clients who refer cases to him. Numerous attorneys have contacted him to assist them or handle cases for them in a number of areas of the law. Lorin simply does not like to lose and he will work hard for you to try and receive the best possible result giving the circumstances.
I have never entered into a partnership with other lawyers for a number reasons. However, I share office space with several other lawyers who are of great assistance to me and my clients, including Adrian P. Cimerman, Carla B. Davis, Jill M. Varnes-Richardson, Scott E. Spencer, George Gernot III, Amy E. Stoner and Geoffrey A. Cottier.
Together, we are capable of handling criminal and traffic cases, family law cases, personal injury and malpractice cases, real estate matters, probate and most other areas of the law. If we are unable to handle your problems, we can refer you to competent counselors who can.
Criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Lorin J. Zaner, serving Toledo, Wauseon, Port Clinton, Bowling Green, Napoleon, Bryan, Columbus, Delaware, Newark, Marion, Bucyrus, Findlay, Cleveland, Norwalk, Sandusky, Elyria, Fremont, Tiffin, Ohio. Click here or call us now (419) 442-8757 for legal advice & help.