What is the punishment for an OVI conviction in Ohio?

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What is the punishment for an OVI conviction in Ohio?

Answer:

Under Ohio DUI laws, it is illegal to operate or drive or attempt to operate or drive a motor vehicle while you are under the influence of intoxicants, drugs, alcohol or a combination thereof together with a BAC level of 0.08% or more.

To be charged under Ohio DUI laws, you need not display signs of impairment. The mere fact that your BAC level is 0.08% or higher is enough for you to be arrested.  You can also be arrested under Ohio DUI laws if you BAC is lower than 0.08% but you display

In Ohio a first time DUI/OVI conviction can result in a jail term of 3 days. Instead of the jail term, the court can order you to undergo a 72 hour intervention program. The fine for a first time offender is $250 to $1000. Your driver’s license can be suspended for 1 year of you refuse to submit yourself to a chemical test. The penalties increase for subsequent DUI convictions. A fourth DUI conviction will result in mandatory vehicle seizure. However a prior DUI conviction of more than 6 years cannot be used to enhance the penalty for a subsequent offense.

In Ohio, a DUI/OVI conviction can result in your auto insurance rates increasing. In fact the increase can be substantial even for a first time offender.

You will be charged with a felony in Ohio if you injure or kill someone while driving drunk. A felony conviction will result in a jail term exceeding one year. You will also have a felony record.

Consult with an experienced Ohio DUI attorney if you are charged under Ohio DUI laws. A conviction can have far reaching consequences.

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