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What People Ask Us About OVI In Ohio

In Ohio, drunk and drugged driving can result in a criminal charge of operating a vehicle while impaired, or OVI. (Other states sometimes refer to this as DUI or DWI.) A conviction for this offense can result in consequences like losing your driving privileges, installing an interlock ignition device and even jail time.

If the state has charged you with OVI, our attorneys can help you. At Eyer Stone, LTD, we educate our clients about Ohio’s drunk driving laws. You can read this page to learn the answers to some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions.

What counts as an OVI?

In our state, it is against the law to:

  • Drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more
  • Drive with a urine alcohol content of .11 or more
  • Drive with certain amounts of specific controlled substances in your system
  • Drive under the influence of any controlled substance

If a law enforcement officer pulls you over and you fit any of these criteria, they will likely arrest you and charge you with OVI.

Will my license be taken away?

License suspension or revocation is a common penalty for OVI. However, many first-time offenders do not have to lose their licenses permanently. A first offense may result in one to three years of license suspension, while a repeat offense may result in the permanent loss of your driver’s license.

What if this isn’t my first OVI?

The penalties for a repeat OVI are much harsher than they are for your first. A second offense may carry up to six months in jail; a third, up to one year. Two or more OVIs may also result in fines of $525 to $2,750. Therefore, if you already have one OVI on your record, you should do everything in your power to fight a repeat conviction.

What is a community control sanction?

Community control sanctions are forms of alternative sentencing. Rather than suffer a criminal consequence, you may have the option to complete drug or alcohol treatment. Community control sanctions can prevent jail time, help offenders get treatment for their substance abuse issues and reduce the burden on the state.

Should I hire an attorney?

You have the option of handling the situation on your own or working with a public defender. These choices are not always the best. Unless you are a criminal law attorney, understanding the details of the criminal justice system is incredibly difficult. And public defenders are often under pressure to accept a plea bargain that is not in your best interest. A private attorney devotes themselves 100% to your legal concern, fighting tirelessly to protect your rights and your driving privileges.

Get In Touch To Ask More Questions

There is no such thing as too soon to speak with an attorney about OVI. Whether you have more questions or you face criminal charges, our team can help you. Contact our Bucyrus office at 419-561-9840 or send us an email to schedule an initial consultation.