The penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Ohio are serious, and they can include loss of driving privileges, expensive fines and more. The penalties for drunk driving may be even more significant if the driver causes an accident, has extremely high blood alcohol content levels at the time of the crash or causes harm to another person. One driver is facing serious repercussions after an alcohol-related crash in Canfield.
Details of the crash
Police arrived at the scene of the accident in response to a call reporting that a driver had struck a digital speed sign that was placed on the side of the road. The driver was still behind the wheel of his truck when law enforcement arrived, and officers reported smelling alcohol almost immediately upon approaching the vehicle.
The asked him to submit to a field sobriety test, which he did not pass. A subsequent breath test found that his BAC was .196, which is more than twice the legal limit in Ohio. The driver allegedly admitted to drinking the night before, but he said he had not had anything to drink in the hours preceding the accident.
The best defense options
The driver is currently facing charges that include OVI, failure to control and OVI over .17. While the charges he is facing are significant, he has the right to fight back, seeking the best possible outcome to his case. He will benefit from seeking knowledgeable counsel regarding how he can craft a defense strategy that will allow him to effectively confront the case against him.