Serving Muskingum, Guernsey, Licking, & Coshocton Counties for over 25 years.

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R. Scott Patterson



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An OVI/DUI conviction in Ohio can inflict catastrophic impacts on your life. The legal penalties can include jail time, fines, suspension of your driving privileges, reinstatement fees, loss of CDL, and impoundment or forfeiture of your vehicle. In addition there are non-legal consequences you pay, such as increased insurance rates, loss of income due to court appearances and mandatory jail time, towing and storage fees, strained relationships, and possible job loss. Being charged with an OVI/DUI in Ohio is a serious matter that demands serious legal representation. Call Attorney R. Scott Patterson and let him put his experience to work for you.


Before a police officer may pull you over in the first place, he must have a reasonable suspicion that you have committed a traffic violation. He then must then have a reason to prolong the traffic stop to further investigate any suspected impaired driving.  Although you have the right to refuse to perform roadside coordination tests, when given Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s) must be administered in substantial compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration procedures or the results are not admissible in court.  Courts give tremendous weight to breath test results. However these tests must be performed according to specific rules and regulations. In some cases the breath testing machines are not properly maintained or do not function correctly and give inaccurate results. Non-compliance by law enforcement officers at any stage of the OVI arrest process may result in the dismissal of or reduction of your charges.


Fighting an OVI/DUI charge in Ohio is complex, to say the least. Investigation and preparation are the foundation of a successful OVI/DUI/Impaired Driving defense. It is the specific details surrounding your arrest that can make all the difference.  We thoroughly analyze exactly what happened before, during, and after your arrest to find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.  In addition to representing you on the OVI charge, we work just as hard defending your privilege to drive. When you were arrested, you were placed under an Administrative License Suspension (ALS). You can appeal the ALS and try to retain your driving rights; but, there is a small window of opportunity within which to file this appeal. We appeal the ALS as a matter of course. You lose nothing by appealing.  And while the result of the ALS appeal will not directly impact the outcome of your OVI case, often, the ALS hearing will provide valuable insight into the OVI case against you.

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