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James Reardon

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.