In Ohio, you can get a DUI (driving under the influence), sometimes called an "OVI" (operating a vehicle under the influence), for operating a vehicle while:
Like all other states, Ohio has “implied consent” laws that generally require all motorists lawfully arrested for OVI to submit to chemical testing (typically of blood, breath, or urine) for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol or drugs in their system.
Below you’ll find more about Ohio OVI law and some of the possible penalties for an OVI conviction.
Here are the penalties for a first, second and third OVI conviction:
However, only OVI convictions that occurred within the past ten years are counted.
Judges can order an offender to participate in the “Community Control Sanction” program and reduce the normal penalties of an OVI conviction. Along with other requirements (which might include some jail time, house arrest, and electronic alcohol monitoring), the judge can order participants to complete a substance abuse treatment program.
Operating a vehicle with a BAC of at least .17% is considered an “aggravated” OVI. Drivers who are convicted of aggravated OVI face increased jail time.
An OVI arrest can lead to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) administratively suspending the driver’s license, whether or not the driver is ever convicted of an OVI in criminal court. The administrative suspension is sometimes called an “implied consent” suspension.
Drivers who unlawfully refuse testing or fail a test with a BAC that’s at least .08% or a prohibited concentration of drugs face an implied consent suspension. The length of the suspension is determined by the number of prior OVI convictions and test refusals within the last ten years. Here are the suspensions for a first, second, and third offense:
Ohio has an impaired driving law that applies to only drivers who are under the age of 21. For these drivers, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle with a BAC of .02% or more. An underage OVI conviction is a fourth-degree misdemeanor and carries up to 30 days in jail, a maximum $250 in fines, and a license suspension of three months to two years.