In Ohio, the legal blood alcohol content limit for adult drivers over 21 is .08% when operating a motor vehicle. Testing above the limit or refusing to submit a field sobriety test could result in an OVI charge. If drivers test over .17% BAC, they will likely be charged with more severe penalties.
What Penalties are Associated with OVI Charges?
Although being charged with an OVI/DUI is only classified as a misdemeanor offense, there is still a chance of being sent to jail, even if it's your first offense. Penalties can be based on many factors. Consequences for offenses can include:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- 3 to 6 months in jail
- Increased insurance premiums
- Mandatory participation in alcohol
- License suspension for six months to three years
- Up to five years of probation
- BAC levels over .17% are subject to enhanced penalties.
Can I Get My Charges Reduced?
After being charged with an OVI, you still have options. Although it may feel like you need to plead guilty, this isn't always the case. There are many defenses lawyers can use to help get your charge reduced or dropped altogether. Unfortunately, only some people charged are eligible for this type of relief. Eligibility depends on the details of your specific circumstance and how many prior offenses you may have. Situations in which the court may consider reducing charges include:
- The BAC was barely over the legal limit
- Lack of sufficient evidence
- The offender did not cause an accident or damage
- There are reasonable issues in obtaining evidence
- The offender had no prior convictions or OVI/DUI offenses
Should I Work With An Attorney?
Working with a skilled attorney is very beneficial after being charged with an OVI offense. These charges can significantly affect your daily way of life, so it's important to have solid legal representation. DUI lawyers have more experience fighting these types of cases, so they are a great resource to have on your side when trying to lessen a charge. Here at The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we understand the stress you may be going through and want you to know you are not alone. We have the skill you need to get you the results you deserve. Let us be your voice.
Contact us today at (614) 707-4239 or visit us online to learn more about the firm and get started with your free case review.