Recent enhancements to Ohio's DUI laws have increased the scope of this offense. Traditionally known as "driving under the influence (DUI)," the state now refers to such behavior as OVI, or "operating a vehicle impaired." These laws not only include the actual driving of a car while drunk, but also cover a wider range of motor vehicles, including golf carts, bicycles, and lawnmowers, and expand the definition of impaired to include being under the influence of either illicit or prescription drugs.
The best option you have generally after a marijuana OVI is to contact an attorney to help reduce or dismiss the charges. This is crucial because a first-time OVI is a misdemeanor that can lead to several days in jail, enlistment in an alcohol education program, fines, driver's license suspension for up to three years, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Further convictions can escalate these penalties, with a fourth conviction being considered a felony.
While being convicted of any crime is undesirable, a conviction for OVI will remain on your criminal record for life. You will need a strong and reliable representation from an attorney who knows how to fight these charges and keep you from a conviction.
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