Ohio Takes Repeat Drunk Driving Seriously

The first time you were charged with operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), you may have been able to convince the prosecutor that you made a simple mistake, and it would never happen again. This time, it will be much harder to escape a conviction. Ohio takes repeat or felony OVIs very seriously. The penalties are significantly greater than those for first-time offenders.

At Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, we offer straightforward legal counsel and vigorous representation to those charged with repeat drunk driving in Columbus and surrounding areas. Two of our defense attorneys are former prosecutors, giving us particular insight into how to effectively combat the charges you face.

The Penalties Increase With Each Conviction

The potential penalties you face can vary, depending on whether you have low or high test results and other factors. In general, however, here are just a few consequences you can expect for subsequent convictions within six years of your first conviction:

Second OVI/DUI

    • Between 10 days and six months in jail
    • Driver's license suspension for one to five years
    • A $525 fine
    • Drug and alcohol assessment
    • Yellow license plates
    • Ignition interlock device

Third OVI/DUI

    • Between 30 days and one year in jail
    • Driver's license suspension for two to 10 years
    • A $850 fine
    • Drug or alcohol treatment
    • Yellow license plates
    • Ignition interlock device
    • Vehicle forfeiture

Fourth or felony OVI/DUI

    • Between 60 days in jail and 30 months in prison
    • Driver's license suspension for three years to lifetime
    • A $1,350 fine
    • Drug or alcohol treatment
    • Yellow license plates
    • Ignition interlock device
    • Vehicle forfeiture

Let Us Explore Every Avenue In Your Defense

You can count on our law firm to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and identify any weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you. We will look at the traffic stop, the field sobriety tests, the breath or blood tests and other circumstances. If the police made any mistakes, we can likely use it to your advantage.

Call Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, at 614-228-4488 or contact us online to set up a consultation with one of our Columbus area lawyers today.