Ohio OVI (DUI) Laws
Each state has it's own drunken driving laws on the books. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) levels are all .08, the punishments vary widely.
And penalties are a lot like real estate values -- it all comes down to location, location, location.
Georgia has mandatory jail time for first offenders. California does not. And in Wisconsin, a first-offense drunken driving isn't even a crime -- it's a civil infraction.
This chart lays out the basics of Ohio OVI law:
Ohio OVI (DUI) Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.02 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.17 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Ohio OVI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||6 months, 1 year, 2 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Assessment & Treatment|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||Yes (3rd offense)|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes|
Ohio OVI (DUI) Resources:
- Ohio OVI Statutes: Operating Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (ORC 4511.19).
- OVI Law Changes - Answers to frequently asked questions about changes in Ohio OVI laws (Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles).
- First Offense OVI - Penalties for first OVI offenses in Ohio (Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles).
- OVI/DUI Courts - Overview of Ohio OVI/DUI courts (Ohio Supreme Court).
Consult an Experienced Ohio OVI Attorney
If you or a loved one are arrested for OVI, you may need an experienced lawyer. A skilled attorney who specializes in defending OVI cases will evaluate all the evidence, including the procedure and results of any field sobriety and chemical tests, to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Plus it's important to speak to a lawyer familiar with Ohio OVI laws. Most offer free consultations, so your first step should be to contact an experienced Ohio OVI attorney.