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Terry K Sherman Law
Criminal Defense. It's all we do.
Criminal Defense. It's all we do.
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Alcohol is easy to obtain on college campuses, even for students under 21. Young people often drink at parties without thinking about the consequences, but the consequences can be far-reaching. In addition to being charged with a misdemeanor, students are faced with the possibility of losing scholarships, campus housing and even their spot in school. To prevent one mistake from jeopardizing an entire future, students accused of crimes should seek representation from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

I am defense attorney Terry Sherman and I have represented hundreds of young people facing underage drinking charges. I take forceful action to protect my clients from paying too dearly for mistakes.

Ohio has a special law for underage motorists. If you are under 21 and are found with a blood alcohol level of .02, you may be charged with a DUI or OVI offense. For underage drivers, even slight evidence of alcohol consumption is enough to prompt a DUI charge, which can leave an indelible mark on a young person's life. Additionally, underage people who are charged with DUI face the likelihood of being charged with both DUI and underage drinking.
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What if I am stopped for suspicion of DUI, what should I do?

1.  Respect the police officers. Be courteous and compliant.

2.  Know that almost everything is being captured on audio & video.

3.  Immediately provide your driver's license and proof of insurance.         If you have an injury, back problems, arthritis, poor eyesight, a workers comp claim, or other impairment tell the officer immediately. It is also important to tell the officer if you are on any type of prescription medications.

4.  If you have any doubt about whether a drink or two has placed you near the legal limit tell the officer you wish to contact your lawyer immediately, and do not answer any further questions. You have the right to remain silent!

The tests given by an officer who suspects a driver to be under the influence are subjective at best. They are designed to challenge even those who are strictly sober, and athletic in the best of conditions. Most are administered under challenging conditions including; foul or Inclement weather, dangerous or uneven surfaces, no clearly marked straight lines, near passing or moving traffic, low or poor lighting, loose gravel, broken glass or other refuse, etc. A motorist can do 8 things right and 2 things wrong and fail the test. It is an unfair, arbitrary, unilateral "one size fits all" test, often administered in a way to ensure you are at a disadvantage. You are not required to take this test in hazardous conditions.

For DUI cases, there is a 6-year lookback. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI 6 years ago and were arrested in connection with the same charge today, today's DUI would be considered your 2nd offense.
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