The Law Office of John T. Forristal works with clients who have been charged with a DUI crime and those who are facing OVI charges in the state of Ohio. As our principal attorney, John T. Forristal understands that time is of the essence in your case. You can expect responsiveness, professionalism and deep knowledge of the law when you choose our firm for your legal needs. We work with clients primarily in the following practice areas.
Operating Vehicle While Under the Influence (OVI)
If you’ve been charged with a DUI (driving under influence) or drunk driving (now known as Operating Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol or drugs), you need a proactive and intelligent attorney to fight for your rights. An OVI is a very serious charge that carries serious consequences. It’s essential not to speak to the police, prosecutors or enter a plea without contacting an attorney.
Ohio OVI penalties are among some of the toughest in the nation. Some people believe it’s impossible to fight an OVI charge, but this isn’t true. Many DUI defenses are available, but you need an experienced lawyer on your side who knows these defenses and is willing to fight on your behalf. John T. Forristal is that attorney.
In 2019, the Ohio State Highway Patrol made over 24,000 OVI arrests. Don’t put yourself at risk by drinking and driving. Always take a cab, call an Uber or visit Dryver (formerly BeMyDD), a website and app service where you can hire designated drivers. And should you ever get into trouble with law enforcement, the most important thing you can do is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
In April 2021, the Ohio expungement law was expanded to dramatically increase the number of people eligible to seal their arrest and conviction records. Commonly known as expungement, it’s now called sealing of a record in Ohio.
Even if you’ve been turned down for a record expungement in the past, you may be eligible now. It’s essential to seek the advice of an attorney experienced in sealing criminal records to find out if your particular case meets the eligibility requirements.
The wait time before you can apply for expungement depends on what you’re trying to seal. The wait time starts once you’ve completed all the requirements of your sentence, which typically includes probation, paying all fines and court costs.
Sealing a record can give you a fresh start and remove many of the obstacles you’ve been facing because of your past conviction. When you have your record sealed, it’s no longer available to the public. In addition, you restore your rights and privileges that were not terminated on completion of your sentence or parole.
An expungement also means you do not have to disclose a criminal record or conviction when applying for employment, housing or educational applications.
Our firm also handles appeals of cases that may have previously been denied expungement or if you have received a conviction for a crime. Let our principal attorney review the details of your case and work closely with you to successfully file an appeal and fight for your rights.
Talk to an Attorney Today
John T. Forristal is here to assist you with your OVI, expungement or appeal case in Ohio. Don’t wait to contact an attorney to discuss your case. Call the Law Office of John T. Forristal at (216) 592-8573 today or send a message online via our contact form and we will respond shortly.