In Ohio criminal law, DUI and OVI both mean driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The blood-alcohol level (BAL) limit for adults is 0.08 percent, while minor drivers are not allowed to drive with a BAL of 0.02. Police aggressively pursue arrests of suspected impaired drivers due to the increased risk of car accidents.
Even for a first offense, penalties can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of driving privileges
- Substantial fines
- Court costs
- Community service
- Mandatory attendance at a court-approved alcohol program
- Mandatory overnight incarceration
- Restricted (yellow) license plates and the required installation (at the offender’s expense) of a car ignition locking device.
There can be additional penalties if you have prior DUI convictions.
Contact our firm, Carrabine & Reardon, Co., LPA, to learn how we can help you defend against these charges.