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Next steps after failing a Breathalyzer test in Ohio

It's so easy to lose track of time when enjoying an evening with friends. So much so, that when you get in the car to drive home, you may have underestimated the amount that you drank over the course of the night. So when you get pulled over by a law enforcement officer who requests that you perform a Breathalyzer test, you might feel confident that you will blow under the limit when in fact you do not.

It's an all too common story across the United States, and it unfortunately can lead to an OVI charge in the state of Ohio. If you have been found to be driving a vehicle in Ohio with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, it is important that you understand how the law works so that you can act efficiently for a successful result.

What happens after I have had a Breathalyzer test that is over the limit?

When you have been measured as having a BAC over the legal limit, you will be sent notice of a court appearance that you will need to attend. This appearance will consist of a reading of the charges made against you, and you will have the opportunity to give a plea. It is usually helpful to get advice on how you should plea so that you stand the best possible chance of a good result.

If you were accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in Ohio, it is important to take immediate action and build up a defense if necessary. A good defense can potentially lead to dropped charges in certain situations.

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