Do You Know The Penalties You Could Face For DUI In Ohio?

The penalties for individuals charged with drunk driving in the state of Ohio will always vary. Your blood alcohol content, your age, your past criminal history — many factors will determine the consequences you could face.

Underage DUI

In Ohio, individuals under the age of 21 found driving with a .02 BAC or higher will face Operating a Vehicle after Underage Consumption charges, or OVUAC.

Penalties for a first OVUAC offense may involve jail time, fines, driver's license suspension, yellow license plates and completion of a treatment program. The penalties are much steeper for subsequent OVUAC offenses.

Penalties For First-Time DUI/OVI Offenses In Ohio

Even if a driver has no other brushes with the law, a first-time OVI offense carries stiff penalties. First-time offenders can face jail time, fines, license suspension, required completion of driver education courses and up to six points on their driver's license.

Penalties For Second And Third DUI Offenses In Ohio

The consequences for subsequent OVI charges in the state of Ohio are similar to first-time offender penalties — but much higher. Drivers with more than one drunk driving charge will be mandated to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles, and are responsible for paying the requisite installation and maintenance costs.

Felony DUI

A felony DUI carries much steeper consequences than a misdemeanor drunk driving charge in Ohio. Drivers found operating a vehicle while under the influence will likely face felony DUI if they have been:

  • Previously convicted of an unrelated felony, or
  • Convicted of a third, fourth or subsequent OVI within the last six years, or
  • Convicted of five OVIs within a 20-year period

Experienced Stark County Criminal Defense Representation To Help You

Whether this is your first OVI charge or your fifth, criminal defense attorney Daniel J. Funk has extensive experience defending against all types of Ohio drunk driving charges. He knows what's at stake.

Along with criminal penalties, you could face loss of employment opportunities, suspension of your professional license, steep auto insurance rates or even your present child custody order.

Let us be your advocate. Call 330-470-7780 today.

If you face license suspension, attorney Fink will guide you through the administrative license suspension process and all other related, important procedures.