The legal drinking age in Ohio is 21
and Ohio DUI laws are stricter
for drivers under the age of 21.
Unfortunately, these young drivers face
More Serious Consequences
Than Most DUI/OVI Defendants.
Virtually All Ohio High Schools and Colleges
Have the Power to Discipline Their Students
For a DUI/OVI.
Above and Beyond Any Punishment
Imposed by the Court.
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High School students who are charged with drinking and driving in Ohio face more penalties than the average DUI defendant. Students under the age of 18 who are charged with an Ohio DUI/OVI will face their charge in the county juvenile court. Possible consequences for these students include time at the juvenile detention center, probation, drug and alcohol counseling, alcohol awareness classes, a driver’s DUI intervention program, Ohio DUI/OVI license suspension and various financial sanctions. Ohio High school students charged with DUI who are over the age of 18 will face their charge in the local municipal court where the DUI occurred. These students face possible penalties that includes a possible jail sentence of up to thirty days, a fine of up to $250, an Ohio DUI license suspension that lasts anywhere from ninety days up to two years, and possible probation with alcohol and drug treatment.
If you have an Ohio DUI/OVI 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.
In addition to the regular penalties associated with an Ohio DUI summarized above, high school students face additional consequences that arise under their school’s student code of conduct. Most Ohio high schools offer athletic programs and other extracurricular activities for their students. In exchange for the privilege to participate, students are generally required to sign a contract in which they agree to refrain from the possession or use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. If the student is cited for underage drinking and driving, they will likely be disciplined as part of the student code of conduct.
Some Ohio high schools will warn a student-athlete for a first offense while others will suspend the student-athlete for a particular number of games, even for a first underage DUI offense. Most programs will allow the student to practice during any suspension, but may require an underage DUI offender to participate in drug and alcohol counseling as part of the disciplinary program. Student Codes of conduct will generally get more punitive for each subsequent Ohio underage DUI violation that occurs.
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.
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