As we enjoy the holiday season this weekend, remember to be safe as well as merry. This weekend, Butler County police plan to have an OVI “blitz” to catch anyone drinking and driving in Cincinnati. While it is never good to imbibe if you will be driving, Cincinnati OVI lawyer Brad Groene encourages you to be extra cautious this weekend. With Cincinnati police out in full force to look for drivers violating OVI or DUI laws, arrests are bound to be made, and even one drink could lead to your detainment before a chemical test rules out intoxication above the legal limit.
Several checkpoints will be set up along both sides of State Route 4 on Friday and Saturday evening, although the exact locations have yet to be announced. Check local news and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for more information later this week.
The best way to avoid an arrest for an OVI in Cincinnati is to simply not drive if you have had anything to drink at all. Plan for any holiday festivities in advance by appointing a sober driver who will totally abstain from alcohol, or take a taxi there and back.
What to Do If You Are Pulled Over for a Cincinnati OVI This Weekend
Although extra caution is suggested during the Cincinnati OVI blitz this weekend, if you are pulled over for driving under the influence, make sure that you remember your rights. Cincinnati OVI lawyer Brad Groene suggests that you do the following five things immediately when pulled over for drinking and driving.
- Be polite with police officers. Acting rude or annoyed will only make the situation worse. Do as you are required by law and don’t make their job more difficult.
- Remember your Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer questions. While you must tell officers your name and hand over license and registration, you do not have to tell the officer anything else that may be incriminating. Don’t tell police where you were, what you did, whom you were with, or whether you were drinking at all.
- Refuse field sobriety tests. These are not required by law and since they are subjective can only hurt your case or even lead to your arrest. Simply politely decline.
- Keep in mind that chemical tests are required under Ohio implied consent laws if you are arrested. Until that point, however, you have a choice.
- Call an experienced Cincinnati OVI lawyer right away. An attorney is best prepared to help you mitigate any circumstances and protect your rights. Brad Groene and his staff are ready to take calls 24/7, especially during this holiday season, so that you have a lawyer ready to help right away.
If you follow these tips, your weekend will go much more smoothly. While we hope that you have no trouble with police during this OVI blitz, if you are arrested for an OVI in Cincinnati, contact Brad Goene at Luftman, Heck & Associates at (513) 338-1890 right away. We are prepared to fight for your rights, so that your case gets the best outcome possible. Choose to have one of the best Cincinnati OVI lawyers on your side.