OVI/DUI Penalties May Include Loss of Driving Privileges and Fines

If you have been arrested for OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence), DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated), you face serious criminal consequences. At minimum, you may lose your driving privileges and have to pay a fine. The most serious offenses may result in incarceration. Additionally, you face social DUI consequences, such as loss of employment and a tarnished reputation.

Some of the penalties for DUI/OVI conviction include:

Administrative License Suspension Terms For OVI DUI Offenses

(Refusal to take a Breathalyzer test or submit to a request for a urine or blood test)

No. of Refusals in Last 6 Years Length of Suspension Driving Privileges Restricted Plates Immobilizing or Disabling Device
1st 1 year after 30 days Optional optional
2nd 2 years after 90 days Optional optional
3rd 3 years after 1 year Optional optional
4th or more 5 years after 3 years Optional optional

Failure of Breathalyzer Test Chemical Test – Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.191(C)

No. of Convictions in Last 6 Years Length of Suspension Driving Privileges Restricted Plates Immobilizing or Disabling Device
1st 90 days after 15 days Optional optional
2nd 1 year after 45 days Optional optional
3rd 2 years after 180 days Optional Required Alcohol Opt Drugs
4th or more 3 years after 3 years Optional Required Alcohol Opt Drugs
Opt Drugs

DUI OVI Penalties – Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19

No. of Offense Incarceration Fine License Suspension Driving Privileges
1st in 6 years and low alcohol test or drug charge 3 days jail and/or intervention program up to 6 months jail $375-$1075 180 days-3 years after 15 days
1st in 6 years and low alcohol test or refusal w/ prior in 20 years 6 days jail or 3 days jail & 3 days intervention program up to 6 months in jail $375-$1075 180 days-3 years after 15 days
2nd in 6 years and low alcohol test or drug charge 10 days jail or 5 days jail & 18 days house arrest and/or monitoring up to 6 months in jail $525-$1625 1-5 years after 45 days
2nd in 6 years and either high alc. or refusal w/ prior in 20 years 20 days jail or 10 days jail & 36 days house arrest and/or monitoring up to 6 months in jail $525-$1625 1-5 years after 45 days
3rd in 6 years and low alcohol test or drug charge 30 days jail or 15 days jail & 55 days house arrest and/or monitoring up to 1 year in jail $850-$2750 2-10 years after 180 days
3rd in 6 years and either high alc. or refusal w/ prior in 20 years 60 days jail or 30 days jail & 110 days house arrest and/or monitoring up to 6 months $850-$2750 2-10 years after 180 days disable device required for days 181-365

Contact An Ohio Defense Attorney To Minimize DUI Penalties

If you have been arrested for drinking and driving, you could lose your driving privileges, your reputation and your freedom. I am Michael S. Probst, a former prosecutor and skilled criminal defense lawyer in Columbus, Ohio. I will aggressively defend you to protect your rights and minimize the DUI consequences you face. Contact my Columbus OVI defense law firm, Probst Law Office, Inc., online or at 614-232-8890 to schedule a free consultation.