OVI or DUI Conviction in Ohio: Felony or Misdemeanor?

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.

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