Columbus, Ohio Criminal Defense, DUI / OVI, and Traffic Attorney

Ohio DUI Laws

Ohio DUI laws make it illegal for any person, anywhere in Ohio, to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or to operate a vehicle with a prohibited level of alcohol or drugs in their blood. An Ohio DUI conviction carries certain strict minimum penalties, such as minimum jail terms, suspensions, fines, and reinstatement fees.

These are but some of the factors why it is not simply a traffic ticket – it is a serious offense with serious consequences requiring an attorney with a thorough knowledge of the legal issues involved and the implications for clients.

Two types of Ohio DUI charges: those for driving under the influence; and those for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over a designated legal limit as determined by either breath, blood, or urine testing. If you test over the designated limit, it does not matter whether you were too impaired to drive, only that you were driving with a BAC the law disallows.

Ohio DUI License Suspensions: The first suspension in a large majority of drunk driving cases is the Administrative License Suspension (ALS). The ALS takes place immediately upon refusal to submit to the DUI tests, or upon testing over the Ohio limit (.08 for breath, for example). The ALS is for a minimum period of 90 days (1 year for a refusal) and is only terminated when you either plead guilty to a DUI, or win your ALS appeal. Aside from the ALS, a conviction also carries suspensions starting at six months. Not all DUI charges start with an ALS. This is because you may be charged despite testing below the OVI limit.

Ohio DUI Penalties:DUI Penalties can include jail, treatment programs, license suspensions, probation, and steep fines. In certain instances, the vehicle involved may be immobilized or even forfeited to the state. Penalties increase significantly for high BAC tests or for having prior drunk driving convictions. Ohio DUI convictions also cannot be expunged.

Ohio DUI laws are very complex. This is due to the nature of a DUI charge. It involves scientific, pseudo-scientific, and practical, common sense evidence. Ohio courts are charged with ensuring that evidence presented in an Ohio DUI prosecution, as with any other prosecution, is reliable and credible. Given that scientific and pseudo-scientific evidence is generally involved, Ohio DUI law requires certain procedures and methods to ensure a reliable result.

Without retaining a DUI attorney, the average citizen is unlikely to understand or appreciate Ohio’s DUI laws, or the impact a conviction may have on their driving record, insurance, and employment.

Contact the Reynard Law Office to consult with an attorney fluent in Ohio DUI Laws.


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