(Note: Rather than refer to the offenses as DUIs, the state of Ohio currently refers to them as operating a vehicle while intoxicated – OVI – charges.) Driving under the influence (DUI) in Ohio is a very serious offense that can result in a person facing fines, jail time, and numerous other obstacles that interfere with career and education goals. If you are charged with a DUI in Ohio, it is important to speak with Kruger & Hodges’ experienced OVI / DUI defense attorneys who can help you create a strong legal defense.
There are several ways that law enforcement in Ohio tends to pursue charges. First, driving with a blood alcohol content that is equal to or above .08% or above .02% if a person is under 21 years old or has a commercial driver’s license can result in a DUI charge. Second, driving a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in your system that causes you to drive in an impaired manner can result in a DUI charge. Third, driving with drugs in your system that impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle can result in a DUI charge.
Ohio House Bills 388 and 436, which created Annie’s Law, became effective in 2017 and significantly changed DUI law in the state. First, when considering whether a DUI is a repeat offense, there is now a longer lookback period. Second, this law resulted in more ignition interlock devices being used as a result of DUI charges.
Seasoned OVI / DUI defense attorneys are able to determine the strongest defense in your case. Some of the defenses that can be raised for individuals who are charged with DUI offenses include:
The penalties that a motorist can expect after a DUI conviction depends on whether the motorist is a first-time offender or has a record of prior DUIs. Many times, first-time DUI charges are classified as first-degree misdemeanors that result in a penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Some of the other penalties that a motorist might end up facing include community service, ignition interlocks, license suspension, and probation. Being convicted of a second or repeat DUI can result in jail time. All motorists who are convicted of a DUI can also expect their insurance rate to increase.
If you are charged with OVI / DUI or drunk driving in Ohio, it is critical to immediately speak with our OVI / DUI defense attorneys. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule an initial free consultation.