Skilled Painesville DUI Attorneys

We care about the people we serve and understand how important it is to protect a clean record and the ability to drive. Having defended more than a thousand OVI cases, we know how to investigate and challenge OVI charges to protect you.

If you have been charged with an OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs), contact us today for a free telephone consultation to discuss how to protect your record, your license, your auto insurance rates and your rights.

"Attorney Smith was able to answer all my questions quickly and concisely. Him and his team researched my case and successfully got my charges dismissed. I can't recommend them enough."

- Louis
South Euclid OVI

Aggressive Defense Attorneys

The Painesville DUI Lawyers who believe in the presumption of innocence and "proof beyond a reasonable doubt."  Our clients trust us for providing a strategically aggressive legal defense.

55+ Years of Collective Experience Fighting DUI's

By serving as active DUI/OVI Defense Attorneys in county, municipal and mayor's courts throughout Northern Ohio, we have earned respect for our knowledge of the intricacies of Ohio OVI laws, refined our strategies to investigate and defeat charges, and sharpened our skills at persuading prosecutors, judges, and juries.

This is an area of law that is ever changing with penalties becoming harsher each year. A successful defense requires an attorney who proactively researches these changes and regularly practices as an OVI lawyer.  A successful defense also requires attorneys who understand the current scientific research and police OVI procedures. We are certified in the same NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement course that the police receive.

Police might charge you with an OVI for:

  • Taking a chemical test and scoring over the legal limits.
  • If the police simply believe you consumed some alcohol or drugs that adversely affected and appreciably impaired your ability to operate your vehicle, even if a chemical test shows you are below the legal limit.
  • Even if the "impairment" is due to a prescription medication, if the medication is not take in accord with directions (e.g., to avoid alcohol while using the medication)
  • If you are over-the-limit for THC, even if you have a medical card.

Drunk driving (OVI/DUI) charges may cause you to face:

  • Treatment
  • Embarrassment
  • Fines and Court Costs
  • Mandatory Incarceration
  • Restricted License Plates
  • Driver’s License Suspensions
  • Loss of Your Job and Your CDL
  • Interlock Systems You Must Pay For
  • Restrict Your Ability to Travel to Canada
  • Immobilization and Forfeiture of Your Vehicle
  • Increased Auto Insurance Rates or Cancellation

Fee Options & Payment Plans

We provide value-based legal services that are client centered and results driven.

In addition to free initial telephone consultations, we offer flat fees and payment plans to increase access to quality legal representation.

Contact us now for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation to protect your rights today.



OVI is the acronym that refers to a violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19, "operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs."  It is still commonly referred to as a DUI (driving under the influence), or even DWI (driving while intoxicated), which are simply old acronyms.  All of these mean the same thing, which are charges of a violation of the Ohio Code Section 4511.19, or  a similar municipal ordinance.      
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Painesville, Ohio Municipal Court
7 Richmond St, Painesville, OH 44077
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Painesville Jurisdiction:
Concord Township, Fairport Harbor Village, Grand River Village, Leroy Township, Madison Township, Madison Village, North Perry Village, Painesville City, Painesville Township, Perry Township, and Perry Village.

We regularly serve as defense attorneys in the Painesville Municipal Court, offering meetings at our clients' homes or office locations below as is most convenient to the people we serve.

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