Minimizing the Consequences of a DUI Arrest
If you were arrested in Lorain County or elsewhere in Northeast Ohio for DUI, DWI, OVI or impaired driving, the experienced Elyria defense attorneys at Smith, Illner & Gemelas Co. LPA aggressively protect your rights — and they work hard to preserve your driving privileges.
Our lawyers use their more than 125 years of combined experience, broad knowledge of DUI law, background as successful prosecutors and attentive personal service to give you your best chance of success.
We know how many things can go wrong with a DUI arrest — when a pre-existing medical condition, such as an allergy, is mistaken by police as probable cause to stop you for erratic driving; defects in breath testing equipment at arrest scenes; dangerous roads; inclement weather; and malfunctions by your motor vehicle.
Smith, Illner & Gemelas lawyers represent first-time and habitual offenders administratively and criminally against charges of breath test refusal, driving with license suspended or revoked, DUI drug charges, and if a drunk driving accident involves serious or fatal injuries, DUI vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
We skillfully negotiate to have your charges reduced or dismissed and investigate your arrest for any sign that law enforcement overstepped its bounds. In the event of conviction, we can recommend lighter alternative punishments that don’t mar your record.
We do whatever we can to put you back on the road, so you can continue to get to your job and provide for your family — in addition to helping you avoid harsh punishments such as jail time, substantial fines, driver’s license suspension, alcohol education, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, and immobilization or forfeiture of your car or truck.
Our law firm also represents over-the-road truck drivers whose routes take them through Northeast Ohio. If you are a truck driver who has been cited for speeding or traffic violations, we can handle your legal problem without you being present, to save money, time and points.
Don’t surrender your rights and freedom to travel without a fight. Smith, Illner & Gemelas Co. LPA will fight right alongside you. We are your responsive neighborhood law firm that offers personalized approaches to your unique legal concerns.