First OVI Offense in Ohio

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Have you been arrested for OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) in Ohio? If so, call us as soon as possible to determine the best strategy to drop or reduce the charges and prevent the suspension of your driver’s license. Without the help of experienced OVI attorneys, you could be facing serious penalties.

First OVI Offense Defined

In Ohio, an OVI stands for operating a vehicle under the influence. Ohio defines OVIs as:

  • Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher or a urine alcohol concentration of 0.11% or higher.
  • Driving with a particular concentration of certain kinds of controlled substances in the body.
  • Driving while impaired, regardless of the concentration of drugs or alcohol in the body.

In our experience, we have found that most OVI arrests are first-time offenders. The law considers you a first-time offender if you have not had an OVI conviction within the past ten years.

Low-Level OVI Penalties

A BAC (blood alcohol content) level between .08 and .17 is referred to as the low-level OVI. Fines and penalties for a low-level OVI are as follows:

Penalty Minimum Maximum
Jail Time 3 Days 6 Months
Fine $375 $1,075
License Suspension 6 Months 3 Years
License Reinstatement Fee $475 $475

The judge may allow you to substitute the three days of jail time for three days in a Driver Intervention Program for first-time offenders. Additionally, the judge can grant limited driving privileges to and from work or school. Low-level offenders may be required to display restricted special license plates or install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles at the discretion of the court.

High-Level OVI Penalties

A BAC level .17 and above is referred to as the high-test OVI. Fines and penalties for a first-time high-test OVI are as follows:

Penalty Minimum Maximum
Jail Time 6 Days 6 Months
Fine $375 $1,075
License Suspension 6 Months 3 Years
License Reinstatement Fee $475 $475

The judge may allow you to serve up to three days of your sentence in a Driver Intervention Program for first-time offenders. Additionally, the judge can grant limited driving privileges to and from work or school.

When it comes to high-level OVI penalties, the judge can require an ignition interlock device as well as restricted special license plates.

Other Consequences of Your First DUI

Your first OVI offense and conviction can harm other areas of your life, aside from jail, fines, and a suspended license.

An OVI / DUI will also:

  • Increase insurance rates
  • Limit job prospects and educational opportunities
  • Permanently appear on your driving record
  • Prevent certain professional licenses

These charges can have a potential impact on the rest of your life because they hang over your head for years to come. When it comes to your future, you need an ally, someone who can fight for you. That’s where the experienced attorneys at Bangerter Law Firm come into play; we do not shy away from any case. We will meticulously examine the facts, and we will work together to build a strategy that works best for you and your case.

Not Sure What To Do Next?

Call our experienced team of Ohio OVI defense attorneys today to discuss your legal options. Together we can build your defense strategy.

Contact The Bangerter Law Office in Willoughby, Ohio

As a former prosecutor, your Ohio criminal defense attorney, Matthew C. Bangerter, at The Bangerter Law Office brings extensive experience in OVI defense and knowledge of the strategies employed by the prosecution team. What does this mean for you and your OVI case? You can work directly with your lawyer to develop a comprehensive criminal defense strategy with your best interests in mind. If you’re dealing with an OVI, don’t wait to get help. Contact The Bangerter Law Office here or call (440) 409-7898 to schedule a consultation.

 

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Willoughby, OH 44094
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