Cleveland DUI Lawyer

Deneen LaMonica

Cleveland DUI Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Cleveland DUI Local Legal Authority.

Deneen LaMonica

Cleveland DUI Attorney

Cleveland DUI Lawyer

Deneen LaMonica

Deneen is a significant contributor of her time to the Legal Aid Society and has obtained great results for its clients in matters ranging from landlord-tenant, to domestic relations, to general litigation. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Illinois, and is an active member of the Ohio, Cleveland Metropolitan, Chicago and Federal Bar Associations. Deneen is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Justinian Forum.

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When to Work With a Cleveland DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be feeling scared and overwhelmed. These charges can come with severe consequences, including jail time, substantial fines, and suspension of your driver’s license.

DUI Basics

What constitutes a DUI and the related consequences will depend on the state in which you are driving. There are some common requirements and results across the states:

  • Blood Alcohol Concentration. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in almost all states is .08%. More stringent requirements apply to commercial drivers, and the legal limit is generally .04% BAC. These limits only apply to those of legal drinking age. There is zero tolerance for any drivers under the age of 21.
  • Criminal Charge. In most states, a first time DUI offense is classified as a misdemeanor. Aggravating factors can escalate the crime to a felony; for example, if anyone is injured. If an individual has multiple DUI offenses, this may also escalate the severity to a felony charge.
  • Multiple Substances and Vehicles. While DUIs are most commonly associated with drinking alcohol and driving a car, the offense is much broader. It includes drug-impaired driving as well as other forms of vehicles, such as motorcycles.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Cleveland, there are a number of factors to consider as you approach your defense. A DUI lawyer in Cleveland will be able to help you understand the process and develop a strategy.

How a Cleveland DUI Attorney Can Help

Working with a licensed DUI practitioner will be essential to ensuring that you achieve the best possible result in your DUI case. A DUI attorney in Cleveland can help navigate all aspects of the proceeding, including:

  • Ensuring Proper Protocol. When arresting someone for a DUI, the police are required to follow strict protocol. For example, a police officer must have probable cause to pull over your vehicle. An attorney can help review your specific case and determine if any protocol was violated. If so, the odds of overturning the arrest are significantly higher.
  • Understand the Charge. As noted above, whether a DUI charge is a misdemeanor or felony will depend on a number of factors. A lawyer can help you understand the severity of the charges you are facing.
  • Evaluating Consequences. The consequences for a DUI offense can be numerous and varied. In addition to jail time and fines, it can include suspension of your license, an increase in your insurance fees, and also potentially your job. Because a DUI offense is a criminal charge, it may show up on background checks run by future employers.
  • Negotiating a Plea. A Cleveland DUI lawyer can help you decide how to plead and can strategize whether it makes sense to accept a plea or to take the case to trial. What can be achieved with a plea bargain will depend on the jurisdiction in which you are facing charges and the strengths or weaknesses of your case. With a skilled Cleveland dui attorney, you may be able to avoid a number of the consequences associated with the charge.

Given the serious impact a DUI arrest can have on your future, securing a skilled and competent Cleveland DUI attorney can make all the difference in your case.

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These are my law dogs the last 4 years handling my BWC and car accident cases. Deneen and Steve have been very helpful up to this point!
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