Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Ohio is a serious criminal charge – you may be ordered to pay a substantial fine, have your license suspended, be put on probation, and spend time in prison or jail, even if it is your first offense. On top of that, your record will be tarnished, your insurance may go up, and you could be ordered to install an ignition interlock device. Your best chance of beating the charges or getting lenient sentencing is to hire a DUI / OVI lawyer who has extensive experience with these cases.

Darren L. Meade is a former prosecutor and public defender with over 30 years of experience in criminal law. Darren and his team at the Mead Law Group understand the intricacies of Ohio’s DUI / OVI laws and how they are applied in practice. We can help you get the best outcome in your situation. Don’t risk facing these charges alone – have the best DUI / OVI attorney on your side.  


In other states, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is often referred to as DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while intoxicated), or simply drunk driving. In Ohio, the state started using the term OMWI (operating a motor vehicle impaired) in 1982 and then changed it again to OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) in 2005. 

While these terms all target the same behavior, Ohio law is more subtle and the changes were made for a reason. For a successful conviction, a prosecutor does not need to prove that you were actively driving, just operating a vehicle, and it does not need to be a motor vehicle. The prosecutor needs to prove that you were operating a vehicle:

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Do you have a firm grasp of Constitutional law? How well-versed are you in Ohio’s DUI / OVI substantive law? Do you understand the intricacies of the rules of evidence and criminal procedure? Are you up to date with the latest scientific research regarding the effects of alcohol and controlled substances? How about police OVI procedures? Are you confident in your skill to persuade judges and juries in a court of law?

If you have not answered all of these questions affirmatively, you should not attempt to contest the charges on your own. You need an experienced DUI / OVI lawyer to fight for you. The Meade Law Group’s DUI / OVI attorneys know how the law works in detail and can help you beat the charges.


A DUI / OVI conviction can ruin your future. You need an ally that will fight for you. Darren Meade is an expert DUI / OVI lawyer who can help you get your life back on track. He and his team will meticulously examine the facts of the case and work with you to build a defense strategy that works best in your specific situation. Don’t waste time and contact the best DUI / OVI attorney in Ohio.

“Don’t let fear and anxiety control decisions that can affect your future.”
– Darren L. Meade
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Attorney Darren L. Meade

With over 30 years of experience and hundreds of trials in criminal litigation, Darren will be able to fight for your freedom. Don’t let fear and anxiety prevent you from making smart decisions about your future. The Meade Law Group can provide defenses for: