DUI Lawyer Andrew Bucher - Lima, Ohio

Ohio OVI Overview

Do You Need a OVI Lawyer?

OVI is a highly complex area of the law that mixes statutes enacted by the legislature, administrative code regulations, standardized training protocols like field sobriety tests, and complex science that controls alcohol and drug testing by breath, blood, or urine.

An OVI conviction is like a diamond, it is forever. In Ohio it is strictly prohibited to have an OVI conviction expunged or to have your record sealed. The record of your conviction is public, accessible to anyone with a computer, and convictions, even for a first offense, can result in:

  • - Suspension of your license for up to three years
  • - Jail time (up to 180 days) Fines (up to $1075.00
  • - Increased rates of (or cancellation of) auto insurance
  • - Increased rates for life insurance
  • - Extensive periods with absolutely no ability to legally drive
  • - Restricted (yellow) plates, Ignition interlock (blow to drive) and consequently, loss of employment or difficulty getting a job.
  • - Professional licensing problems
  • - Restriction from traveling to Canada

There is no "set sentence" for first time OVI DUI offenders, only mandatory minimum sentences and penalties, more severe sentences and penalties can be and are imposed upon first offenders.

OVI Attorney Andrew Bucher can help...

Assess your legal situation

OVI Attorney Bucher can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. His practice is focused on defending OVI matters, he deals with them every day, and he knows the process inside and out - including options that a public defender may not tell you. He has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the best training from OVI experts across the country.

Explain the consequences

The OVI law is very complex and Attorney Bucher will be able to explain how it applies to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08 and .17, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for OVI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work, (6) appealing or totally getting rid of your license suspension, (7) the consequence of previous OVI convictions on your current case.

Manage the process

Dealing with the Ohio BMV and the Courts can be frustrating and time consuming. OVI Attorney Bucher can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at an Administrative License Suspension appeal hearing, and making other necessary arrangements to get you back on the road.

Represent you in court

OVI Attorney Bucher knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser offense, a more lenient sentence, a finding of not guilty, or outright dismissal of your charges for you if your situation allows for it.

Don't know if an OVI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:


If the consequences of even a single lifetime OVI conviction concerns you.

No matter what you think about your case or what you believe the evidence to be, there is always a possibility of a better result. Attorney Bucher has received reductions, dismissals, or not guilty findings for his clients in many cases that seemed hopeless such as:

  • 3rd offense in 6 years, .181 breath test, accident - case dismissed
  • .315 breath test - case reduced
  • accident, empty containers in the vehicle, admission of drinking, appearing to be impaired, found wandering in a field talking to a dog - found not guilty by the court
  • prior conviction, motorcycle accident, admission to drinking, failed field sobriety tests - found not guilty by jury
  • citizen complaint, erratic driving, failed field tests, blood test of .134, 2 prior convictions - reduced to non OVI charge

The above examples are just a few select cases. Attorney Bucher has represented clients in many cases with breath tests in excess of .08 reduced to non-ovi charges.


You might want to hire a OVI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or OVI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.

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Attorney Andrew Bucher

Attorney Andrew R. Bucher

Attorney Andrew R. Bucher earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo and is admitted to practice in the courts of Ohio. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, Ohio Bar Associations, American Bar Associations and a board member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Andrew Bucher serves the counties of Lucas, Wood, Hancock. Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Putnam, Hardin, Wyandot, Logan and Henry.

Attorney Bucher is proud to provide a practice focused on OVI Defense. He is one of the most highly qualified attorneys in the state and regularly attends trainings and conferences focused on OVI defense in Ohio and across the country. He is rated 10 out of 10 superb by the attorney rating service Avvo.

Attorney Andrew Bucher is also regularly invited to teach different aspect of OVI defense to other Ohio Attorneys for the Ohio State Bar Association, The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and various local and county Bar associations.

His extensive training and experience ranges from factory certification on breath-testing, laboratory training on blood and urine testing in OVI cases, completion of the standardized field sobriety testing student course (the one the police take) and then subsequent certification as an instructor qualified to teach the field sobriety testing course, courses on forensic toxicology, workshops on trial techniques and cross examination, and the experience that comes with practicing OVI defense every day across northwest Ohio.

"It is my pleasure to defend you in your time of need. If you are serious about your OVI then you deserve an attorney who focuses on these cases as they are extremely complex.

When interviewing a potential OVI attorney be sure to ask them what specialized training they have for OVI defense, when the last suppression hearing they conducted was in an OVI matter, and when was their last OVI Jury Trial. You may be surprised by the answers.

All lawyers are not created equal. I spend the time and money to get all of the best training to defend you. I try cases and conduct suppression hearings on a regular basis. If you are looking for a fighter, look no further." Attorney Andrew R. Bucher

Attorney Bucher provides the most qualifed and aggressive OVI Defense. He offers flat fees, after hours support by office appointment or by email (always). Visit one of his office locations in Lima or Toledo. Call Attorney Andrew R. Bucher today for a FREE consultation (419) 386-2519

The other attorneys with BLD&M handle a variety of other, non-OVI, legal matters, feel free to contact Attorney Bucher and he will get you to the Lawyer you need for your specific case. BLD&M is proud of its more than 190 years of legal experience accumulated by its seven attorneys.


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DUI Case

Posted by Jim, a DUI client

"I highly recommend Mr. Bucher. I was facing a DUI charge with a history of multiple previous DUIs. My outlook was clearly negative and this was compounded by having my DUI in a county with an assigned Judge commonly known to be a "hanging Judge", probably the harshest Judge in Ohio in respect to how he handled DUI cases. I am a professional who is employed at an executive level with a very large organization. My issues with DUIs had the very real possibility of forcing me to lose my employment. I knew I was in a situation that could completely destroy my life from the possibility of a long jail sentence, the loss of employment, financial ruin, and devastation to my family. Mr. Bucher took my case, worked extremely hard to get the charges reduced and the punishment mitigated such that I was able to stay out of jail, keep my employment and maintain the other commitments and responsibilities in my life. I give Mr. Bucher my highest recommendation and would not hesitate to utilize his services in the future."

Knows his stuff

Posted by a DUI client

"I chose to have Mr. Bucher represent me because he impressed me with his knowledge of my situation. He had a strong background, a lot of experience, and seemed to have expertise in his field. Mr. Bucher got results beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone facing the same dilemma as I did."

The Results you want!

Posted by a Car Accident client

"I was very impressed with the time frame Andrew returned my calls (within 2-3 hours) every time. It was very nerve racking I had to go court but he put an ease to that. He explained what we were shooting for with great confidence and the worst, we would worry about IF it came about. I highly recommend Andrew if you want winning results with any matter."

Excellent legal counsel

Posted by David, a DUI client

"My OVI case was handled very well by Mr. Andrew Bucher. He was extremely knowledgeable about OVI's and he had my charges reduced to a physical control( non moving violation) and my suspension kept to a minimum. He asked me many questions about my OVI charge to get an understanding of my individual needs as it pertained to strategies in court. He kept good communication with me through emails and phone calls. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel for an OVI offense."

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Balyeat, Leahy, Daley & Miller LLC
DUI Lawyer Andrew Bucher - Lima, Ohio
615 Adams Street
Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 386-2519