Multiple DUI Offenses In Ohio
While many people consider drunk driving a fairly minor offense, the government and prosecution in OVI cases take it very seriously. Multiple OVI charges in particular carry harsh penalties that can follow you for years. At Soroka & Associates, LLC, in Columbus, we help people fight OVI charges and protect their rights.
Repeat Offenses Carry Harsh Penalties
Ohio uses a “look-back period” of six years, which means that any OVI offense within the past six years may affect the penalties for a new charge. Penalties progress with the number of offenses:
- A first-time offense may be punishable by three days to six months in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000 and license suspension for three months to six years.
- If you are charged with a second DUI offense, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 10 days, or 20 days if you have a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or refuse to take the Breathalyzer test. The maximum jail sentence is six months and fines range from $525 to $1,625. Your driver’s license could be suspended for one to five years.
- A third DUI conviction comes with a mandatory sentence of 30 days and a maximum of one year. Fines and penalties range from $850 to $2,750, and you must attend a mandatory addiction treatment program. Your license may be suspended from two to 10 years, and the state will seize your vehicle without compensating you. Drivers with three or more convictions must also install an ignition interlock device (IID) as a prerequisite to license reinstatement.
- A fourth conviction carries the same penalties as a third offense and others. A fourth offense is charged as a felony, with potential jail time of 60 days to one year. Fines range from $1,350 to $10,500, and your license may be suspended for three years to life.
- Fifth-time offenders are listed in Ohio’s habitual offender registry, a searchable public database that allows anyone to see your name, home address and history of DUI/OVI convictions.
Protect Your Record And Your Future — Call Today For A Consultation
Because consequences increase with each subsequent OVI, it is vital that you do everything possible to avoid conviction and keep the offense off of your record. In addition to being skilled advocates at trial, our attorneys know how to handle a case strategically and minimize any future implications for your record and driver’s license.
We are available 24/7, so you can call us from your car, during a DUI stop or after you have been arrested, and we will immediately get to work protecting your rights. Please contact us at 614-358-6525 to speak with a lawyer.