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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:

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.

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