A conviction for DUI, now called OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) in Ohio, can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Generally, the classification of an OVI or DUI conviction is as follows:
A first OVI, or second within six years of the first, is a first degree misdemeanor (M-1);
A third OVI within six years is an unclassified misdemeanor;
A fourth or fifth OVI within six years, or a sixth OVI within 20 years, is a fourth degree felony (F-4); and
A second felony OVI conviction within a person’s lifetime is a third degree felony (F-3).
If you have been charged with DUI/OVI, speak to an experienced defense attorney immediately.