If you were arrested for a Ohio OVI, an officer believed that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s). The law enforcement officer believed that you were so impaired that you were unable to operate that motor vehicle safely. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater is considered per se, or automatically, driving under the influence of alcohol. Below we have outlined the most important information for you to inform yourself about OVI in Ohio.
Throughout the country, the acronyms for drunk driving are typically DUI and DWI. Ohio’s acronym at one point was OMVI for Operating A Motor Vehicle Impaired. However, in a recent change, Ohio removed the “motorized” component and the current acronym of OVI for Operating A Vehicle Impaired serves as an umbrella drunk driving charge for ALL vehicles, including bicycles, skateboards, etc. Simply, if you’re driving or operating an apparatus or piece of equipment that propels you or assists in traveling – while impaired – you can be charged with an Ohio OVI.
Ohio OVI Penalties
IMPORTANT: IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING YOUR ARREST – REGARDLESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE ARRESTING OFFICER’S REPORT AND YOUR INITIAL BAC RESULTS – YOU HAVE 10 DAYS TO REQUEST YOUR APPEAL HEARING WITH THE OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES (BMV). CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED OHIO OVI ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE YOUR HEARING AND HELP SAVE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE.
If you are convicted of a first-time Ohio OVI, you can expect to pay a maximum of $1500 in fines, and spend a minimum 3 days in jail. You also stand to lose your license for up to 3 years if you don’t prevail in appealing your licensing hearing the Ohio BMV.
If this is your 2nd OVI in Ohio within 5 years, expect to spend anywhere between 10 and 20 days in jail, pay no less than a $2500 fine, and potentially have your driver’s license revoked for up to 5 years! Additionally, you can also be subjected to Electronic Home Monitoring for 6 months, have your vehicle seized for up to 3 months, and/or attend a mandatory Driver Intervention Program. Clearly, Ohio OVI law ups the stakes for repeat offenders. Speak with an Ohio OVI attorney immediately to help you avoid the enhanced penalties for multiple offenders.
Ohio OVI Lawyers
An arrest for Ohio OVI does not necessarily equal a Ohio OVI conviction. Ohio OVI attorneys defend OVI and DUI offenses and drunk driving cases in Ohio. A good OVI attorney or criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you with the two separate cases. OVI attorneys will be able to offer you OVI defense strategies. They will be able to handle both the criminal OVI charges and the hearing with Ohio BMV.
General Ohio OVI Information
You can be charged with an OVI for driving, operating, or being in actual physical control of a vehicle. The argument can be made against you that you were in actual physical control of the vehicle and that you could have driven even if you were found sleeping intoxicated in the back seat of the with the heater or radio on.
Another penalty that is often overlooked is your driver’s insurance. If you’re convicted of a Ohio OVI, you will have to get what is called an SR-22 insurance. Your Ohio OVI attorney can discuss what SR-22 is in more detail and what it can potentially cost you.