First time DUI defendants face extremely
serious consequences

Including a three year license suspension
and a mandatory jail sentence
up to six months.

But repeat offenders face much,
much worse.

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.

Third DUI

All Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving charges have serious consequences, however, the penalties get progressively worse for drivers who have prior DUI/OVI convictions. 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.

Minimum Penalties for a Third Ohio DUI/OVI Conviction in Six Years with a “Low Tier” Chemical Test

If an Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving Defendant pleads guilty in court and has two prior OVI conviction in the past six years, at a minimum, he will be sentenced to the following: (a) thirty days in jail or fifteen days in jail plus fifty-five days on electronic home detention; (b) an $850 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) an Ohio DUI/OVI two year driver’s license suspension; (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 offense. Remember, these are just the minimums that the court must impose if you are convicted of a third Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving charge within a six-year look back period.

Maximum Penalties for a Third Ohio DUI/OVI Conviction in Six Years with a “Low Tier” Chemical Test

Just as a judge cannot deviate below the minimum penalties for a third Ohio DUI/OVI offense, the judge cannot exceed certain maximum penalties. The maximum penalties are as follows: (a) one year in jail; (b) a $2750 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) a ten-year 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 after his suspension is complete; and (f) forfeiture of the Defendant’s motor vehicle if he was driving it during the Ohio DUI/OVI offense.

Minimum Penalties for a Third Ohio DUI/OVI Conviction in Six Years with a “High Tier” Chemical Test

If an Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving Defendant pleads guilty to a “high tier” DUI/OVI in court and has two prior Ohio DUI/OVI convictions in the past six years, at a minimum, he will be sentenced to the following: (a) sixty days in jail or thirty days in jail plus 110 days on electronic home detention; (b) a $850 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) a two year 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 the possibility of an 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 offense.

Maximum Penalties for a Third Ohio DUI/OVI Conviction in Six Years with a “High Tier” Chemical Test

The maximum penalties for a “high tier” Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving charge when the driver has two prior DUI/OVI convictions in the past six years are as follows: (a) one year in jail; (b) a $2750 fine plus other financial sanctions; (c) a ten-year 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 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.

Common Mistakes in Ohio DUI/OVI Investigations

No Ohio DUI/OVI/drinking and driving arrest is perfect. 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.

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