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Ohio DUI Overview & Punishments…
And Why You’d Better Get A Lawyer

Penalties & Drivers License Issues

A DUI lawyer is important because it is a serious charge and depending on the type of arrest, the penalties can be very different. Regardless, if you need to drive to keep your job, you really should get a good DUI/OVI lawyer.

DUI under Ohio law is referred to as OVI (“Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated or Impaired”). Under any name, an arrest & conviction can affect your life and profession for years.


A DUI lawyer can be available at any time of day or night or any day of the week.

Call (440) 471-7811 now to reach an attorney for you or on behalf of a family member or friend.


Ohio drunken driving laws are among the toughest in the country and they have been since the early 1990s.

  • You will lose your license if you are convicted of OVI in Ohio. Period. How long your license is revoked depends upon the severity, and details, of your arrest. You will lose it immediately if you refuse to take a sobriety test or if the breathalyzer result is higher than the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol level (BAC). Authorities can also take your license plates and they may seize or disable your vehicle if you have mutliple arrests for DUI.

Because the DUI penalties are so serious, an experienced lawyer is important:

  • First time DUI/OVI Offense has at least three days in jail, or a three day alcohol abuse program. The fine can be as much as $1,075.
  • Second DUI/OVI Offense brings a jail sentence of 10 days to 6 months or a combination of jail, house arrest with monitoring, and continuous alcohol monitoring. The fines for a 2nd DUI can be $1,625.
  • Third DUI/OVI Offense brings a punishment of 30 days to 1 year in jail. If your BAC was .17 or higher, the sentence is a minimum of 60 days. The fine can be $2,500 along with paying for an alcohol or drug treatment program. You will also lose your drivers license for two to 10 years. If you’re 2nd OVI was less than 6 years prior to this arrest, throw out the above info because you’re facing a felony now.
  • Fourth DUI Offenses: up to as much as 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine for a 4th conviction. Plus you would be required to surrender the car you drive to the authorities. Some 4th offenders lose their licenses permanently.
  • 5th DUI Offense or more: Call me. We need to discuss what’s coming.

A DUI lawyer can represent you in one or both of the cases involved in an OVI arrest:

  1. The criminal court case;
  2. And the case that goes before the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get the ALS removed so you can drive.

How does a DUI lawyer defend against an OVI allegation?

This will depend on the circumstances of your case, and we are not predicting or describing your defense. An argument may involve challenging the evidence police gathered. As an example, the procedures in which the roadside sobriety tests were applied – or the validity of blood alcohol testing may be brought into question by a DUI lawyer.

If you are reading this, chances are you have very recently been charged and are looking for a lawyer to defend you from this point. Perhaps you are searching for legal representation for a loved one or friend who has just been arrested for OVI. In any DUI arrest, a person is not immediately guilty, and they have rights an attorney will protect.

You or a loved one can call a DUI lawyer immediately upon arrest or after charges have been filed.

Our firm will provide an attorney skilled in Ohio law governing DUI, who has courthouse experience in acting on behalf of those accused of a drunken driving offense.

Call (440) 471-7811 now to speak to an attorney for a free consultation if you live in any of the areas below:

  • Cleveland, North Olmsted, Beachwood, Westlake, Rocky River, Bay Village, Berea, Strongsville, Independence, Bedford, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Parma, Valley View & Seven Hills, Lakewood, Shaker Heights, Euclid, Richmond Heights, Mayfield, University Heights, Gates Mills, Chagrin Falls, Moreland Hills, Solon, Oakwood, Bedford, Maple Heights, Warrensville Heights, Cleveland Heights & South Euclid Ohio in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
  • Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, Vermilion, Grafton, Kipton, LaGrange, Rochester, Sheffield Lake & Wellington, Ohio in Lorain County, Ohio.
  • Beebetown, Medina, Valley View, Brunswick, Hinckley, Seville & Creston, Ohio in Medina County, and Twinsburg, Macedonia, Northfield, Hudson & Peninsula in Summit County, Ohio.
  • Eastlake, Kirtland, Mentor, Painesville, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willowick, Madison, Perry, Timberlake, Waite Hill & North Madison in Lake County, Ohio.
  • Chardon, Burton, Middlefield & South Russell in Geauga County, Ohio.
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