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Ohio DUI Laws & Ohio DUI Attorneys


In the state of Ohio, a drunk driving arrest is referred to as an Ohio OVI arrest although some might still call it an Ohio DUI, which stands for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated or Impaired. Sometimes the acronym is changed to OMVI, which stands for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated or Impaired, but the result and the arrest are the same whether it is called a OVI or OMVI.

Ohio OVI law is unique when compared to most states because it does not require proof of any degree of intoxication or blood alcohol levels to validate a OVI arrest. Of course, if you are driving with a blood alcohol content, or BAC, that is .08% or higher, you will be arrested for OVI. However, you can also be arrested for an Ohio OVI if you are found to be driving or operating any motor vehicle with alcohol or drugs in your system that are obviously impairing you, no matter what your BAC may be. If the officer on the scene feels that you are impaired, you will be arrested.

OVI Arrests in Ohio

If you are arrested for OVI in Ohio, you will face two cases: a court case and an administrative case in the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. At the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles case you will be at risk for losing your license and the ability to drive. This suspension can be contested, protecting your right to drive while you are in court defending your case. However, you have a limited amount of time wherein you can appeal this automatic suspension, so it is important to contact an attorney to help you with your Ohio OVI case as soon as you are arrested.

Basic Consequences for First Time Offenders

The circumstances surrounding your OVI arrest will determine the extent of your consequences. However, these are the typical consequences you will face when you are arrested for your first Ohio OVI:

If you are facing a second or third arrest, you will have even stricter consequences.

License Suspension for Ohio OVI

You will also automatically lose your license if you are arrested for OVI in Ohio. The length of the license suspension depends on how severe the circumstances surrounding your arrest may be. You will lose your license in both the court case and in the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles case. Typical lengths of suspension are as follows:

Ohio OVI law does not currently allow you to apply for a temporary license while you serve your suspension time. To get your license back when the suspension is over you will have to complete a Driver Improvement Course, pay $30, and complete a driver license exam.

Insurance Consequences

Another issue you will have to overcome before you can get your license back after being arrested for OVI in Ohio is attaining driver's insurance coverage. Most insurance companies will drop you if you are arrested for drunk driving. When you start shopping for coverage again, you will find that the policies you are offered are incredibly expensive if you are able to find a company to cover you.



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