If you have been charged with DUI (also known in Ohio as OVI, or operating a vehicle under the influence), you have a lot of questions. How much will this cost? How much jail time will I serve? Will my license be suspended? In Ohio there are three main types of DUI:
All three types of DUI/OVI can result in mandatory jail time, fines up to $2700, interlock installation, and license suspension if there is a conviction. DUI/OVI is also complicated by factors such as:
With not just money and jail time but your driving privileges at stake, it’s important that you seek qualified legal representation as soon as you are charged with DUI/OVI. Administrative license suspension has to be appealed within ten days. If you need to drive for work, school, or family obligations, don’t wait at further risk to your license.
Additionally, if you have a previous DUI/OVI conviction, a BUI charge may be treated as a repeat offense, making you eligible for higher penalties. The reverse is also true. This means that if you have been charged with BUI, you must assume that your regular driver’s license may be at risk.