OVI & DUI Defense Attorneys


Helping You Get Back to Life

After Your OVI / DUI Arrest


Smith Legal Services specializes in OVI & DUI defense in Lorain County, Cuyahoga County and

throughout the state of Ohio. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has become one of the most common

criminal charges in the U.S.



Consuming even one alcoholic beverage can be enough put you over the legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit of %0.08. A DUI conviction can have a lasting negative impact on your day-to-day life. Phoning our office is the first step to getting back to your day-to-day life after a DUI or OVI arrest. We are experienced in defending arrests that include severe circumstances such as personal injury, property damages and other liabilities that often result from drinking and driving under the influence. 


  • Repeat Offenses

  • License Suspensions

  • Driving Under Suspension

  • Driving Without Insurance

  • Prohibited Alcohol Level Cases

  • Refusing Breathalyzer

  • ALS Suspension


Working knowledge of the current OVI & DUI laws are imperative to providing the best possible resolution to your OVI or DUI charge. A common question is,"what is the difference between a DUI and an OVI?" DUI, driving under the influence, DWI, driving while impaired, OMVI, operating a motor vehicle impaired, and OVI, operating a vehicle impaired, are common acronyms describing essentially the same offense. 


However, there is no longer a requirement in Ohio that the vehicle involved must be 'motorized.' You can even be at risk of a DUI, OVI or DWI charge by riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There is also a Physical Control charge, which is similar to a DUI in that it that deals with simply 'being' in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A Physical Control charge does not require the vehicle to have been driven or even started. This charge is most common when someone tries to "sleep it off," rather than attempt to drive impaired. Intricate knowledge of these laws along with a thorough consultation allow us to help you seek reduced charges such as reckless operation, extended driving privileges and shortened suspensions


Smith Legal Services has been assisting clients in DUI defenses since 1995. Our Lorain County office is conveniently located next door to the Elyria Municipal Courthouse in Elyria. Our Cuyahoga County law office is walking distance from the Cleveland Justice Center. Smith Legal Services defends clients who have incurred OVI or DUI charges in all municipalities of Lorain County, Cuyahoga County and throughout the state of Ohio.  


Phone Consultations are Always

Free of Charge


Every case includes unique circumstances that can be taken into consideration by the judge when presented correctly. No matter what the events of your individual DUI charge include, we will be able to determine the best course of action in accordance with your rights under the law. The law is not always black and white. Remember, there are laws are in place to protect you as well.


Being charged with a DUI or OVI is a stressful experience. Upon learning about the events of your arrest, we will be able to provide you with answers you need to begin moving forward and getting back to your day-to-day life. 



Contact our office today.
We are here to protect your rights.





  • Will I have to go to jail?
  • How long will my license be suspended?
  • Can I get temporary driving privileges?
  • I need my license to work.
  • How will I take care of my children?
  • How much are the fines?
  • Can I pay my fines over time?
  • I'm a repeat offender...What happens now?

The circumstances of every DUI arrest are unique and it is important for you to know your rights under the law. The police have an obligation to follow very specific procedures when making a DUI arrest. Details about their cause to stop your vehicle, administering roadside sobriety tests, and other steps not followed correctly when making a DUI arrest have a great impact on the outcome of your case. Promptly contacting our offices and consulting with an attorney can greatly increase our ability to produce the most favorable outcome to possible on your behalf.


633 West Broad Street, Suite 200

Elyria, Ohio 44035