First time DUI defendants face extremely
Including a three year license suspension
and a mandatory jail sentence
up to six months.
But repeat offenders face much,
Penalties can include fines of $10,000
A lifetime license suspension
And up to ten years in prison.
If you want to know more about
the potential DUI penalties in your case,
please scroll down the page.
All Ohio DUI, OVI and drinking and driving charges have serious consequences, however, the penalties for felony DUI/OVI are some of the most significant under Ohio law. If you have an Ohio DUI case, you should consider talking to a top Ohio DUI lawyer to see if he can get the case dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. The penalties on these pages only apply to drivers who are convicted of DUI/OVI. An experienced Ohio DUI lawyer may be able to prevent that from happening.
If an Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving Defendant pleads guilty in court to a felony DUI/OVI, at a minimum, he will be sentenced to the following: (a) sixty days in jail or prison; (b) an $1350 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) a three year Ohio DUI/OVI driver’s license suspension with no driving privileges; (d) probation with mandatory drug/alcohol treatment monitored by the court; (e) mandatory Ohio DUI/OVI license plates and mandatory ignition interlock device on any automobile the Defendant drives after his suspension is complete; and (f) forfeiture of the Defendant’s motor vehicle if he was driving it during the Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving offense. Remember, these are just the minimums that the court must impose if an Ohio DUI/OVI driver is convicted of a first felony DUI/OVI. That being said, the penalties can be much more significant depending on a number of variables.
Just as a judge cannot deviate below the minimum penalties for an Ohio felony DUI/OVI offense, the judge cannot exceed certain maximum penalties. The maximum penalties are as follows: (a) ten years in prison if the driver is also convicted of an Ohio DUI/OVI specification; (b) a $10,500 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) a lifetime Ohio DUI/OVI driver’s license suspension; (d) probation with mandatory drug/alcohol treatment monitored by the court; (e) mandatory Ohio DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock device on any automobile the Defendant drives if the court grants him privileges after three years; and (f) forfeiture of the Defendant’s motor vehicle if he was driving it during the Ohio DUI/OVI offense.
No Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving arrest is perfect and the best Ohio DUI/OVI lawyers knows this. Most Ohio DUI/OVI investigations include a number of witnesses, including police officers and the personnel who collect, store and test chemical samples. These witnesses are human and they make mistakes. Further, most Ohio DUI/OVI investigations include a breath testing device or other testing equipment that is not always maintained according to current Ohio DUI/OVI regulations.
There are over 1 million laws in the United States. I am a top Ohio DUI/OVI defense lawyer who devotes his entire practice to ONE. Because of my experience and concentrated focus, I know the Ohio DUI/OVI laws better than most attorneys in the state. I am passionate about Ohio DUI/OVI defense and I get results, however, I only accept a limited number of clients. If you’re serious about your case and want a top Ohio DUI/OVI lawyer on your team, call me, the Ohio DUI Dude at 1-844-DUI-DUDE.