First Time Offense OVI/DUI in Ohio
First DUI/OVI is typically a misdemeanor of the first degree under Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19, and occurs if someone operates any vehicle under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance or combination of alcohol and controlled substances, and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over the legal limit of .08%.
The first offense DUI/OVI is the most common operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol offense in Ohio. Many first DUI/OVI offenders have never been in trouble before or charged with prior misdemeanors or felonies.
A first time offense DUI/OVI, also known as driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, DUI or DWI, conviction can cause many problems that will impact a person’s future. For example, a person charged with an OVI can receive several months of probation, community service, ignition interlock device installation, driver’s license suspension and/or increased automobile insurance rates, in addition to possible jail sentences and fines.
Although most misdemeanors are usually easily resolved with the payment of a fine or community service, most prosecutors in Ohio want to pursue at least the minimum statutory penalties and punishments for OVI offenses. Therefore, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your best interests in a first offense DUI/OVI case.
If you have been charged with a first Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol or drugs in Columbus, Ohio, contact the Tyack Law Firm. Our Tyack Law Firm traffic attorneys will listen to the details of your particular case and discuss what you need to do to protect your driving privileges and fight the charges against you. Call the Tyack Law Firm at (614) 221-1342 to schedule your appointment.
Anyone convicted of a first DUI/OVI in Ohio will face a class five driver’s license suspension under Ohio Rev. Code § 4510.02. This means the court will impose a mandatory driver’s license suspension for a definite period ranging from six months to three years.
However, the court may allow limited driving privileges under Ohio Rev. Code § 4510.021 for occupational, educational or vocational purposes, in addition to attend court-ordered treatment or take a driver’s license exam. Further, the court may require an individual to complete a remedial driving course before their full driving privileges are reinstated.
A first DUI/OVI in Ohio is usually a misdemeanor of the first degree, but can be an increased charge, depending on whether the OVI resulted in the death or serious body injury to another person or property damage resulted from the offense. The penalties for a first misdemeanor DUI/OVI are:
If you have been arrested for a first OVI in Columbus, Ohio, contact the Tyack Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular situation. Our Tyack Law attorneys are experienced Columbus DUI defense lawyers who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious repercussions and consequences to your alleged offense.
Contact the Tyack Law Firm at (614) 221-1342 for a consultation about your OVI charges in Franklin County, and the surrounding counties of Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County, and Fairfield County in Ohio.