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How Long Does DUI Stay On Your Record In Ohio?

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Dealing with the aftermath of a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) conviction can be incredibly stressful. It’s important to know that you are not alone in this conviction. According to the most recent FBI data, over 443,000 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2021.

In the aftermath, knowing the long-term impacts of a DUI on your record in Ohio will help you better understand your situation. Keep reading this blog post to learn more.

Can a DUI be Expunged or Sealed?

Unfortunately, Ohio law does not allow DUI/OVI convictions to be expunged or sealed. This means that once convicted, a DUI/OVI will remain a matter of public record permanently.

Although DUI/OVI convictions cannot be expunged or sealed, it is still essential to work closely with an experienced DUI/OVI attorney who can potentially negotiate reduced charges, more lenient sentencing, or alternative solutions through the legal process.

Ohio Traffic Point System

A DUI conviction in Ohio, often referred to as an OVI, can lead to severe penalties such as fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Ohio implements a points system to track traffic violations and associate them with corresponding penalties. For a DUI/OVI conviction, you may receive six points on your driving record.

Ohio penalty point examples include:

  • Hit and run: 6 points
  • Street racing: 6 points
  • Reckless driving: 4 points
  • Speeding 30mph over the limit: 4 points
  • Running a stop sign: 2 points
  • Railroad crossing violation: 2 points

These points are used to determine the length of your license suspension, typically ranging from six months to years, and affect your insurance rates. The more traffic points you accumulate, the higher your insurance premiums and increased risk of additional penalties.

Underage DUIs

If you are under 21 years old and arrested for DUI/OVI, you'll be charged with an Ohio Underage DUI, also known as OVUAC (Operating a Vehicle After Underage Consumption). The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) for underage drivers is .02%, much lower than the .08% limit for individuals over 21.

The consequences of an Ohio Underage DUI conviction are serious, with harsh penalties ranging from license suspension, educational courses, and community service to fines and possible jail time. With subsequent offenses, the penalties become more severe. However, six months after the case has been closed, the record can be sealed. This means that only government agencies and law enforcement can have access to this record.

Once the record is sealed, a young adult can apply to have their record expunged. Even if the individual doesn’t apply for expungement, the record will automatically be expunged after five years or when the individual reaches 23 years of age, whichever comes first.

Contact Our DUI/OVI Attorney

Facing a DUI/OVI conviction in Ohio may seem overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. Engaging the assistance of a skilled DUI/OVI attorney arguably can be the most crucial step in navigating the complex Ohio legal system.

Our experienced OVI/DUI defense attorney at The Meranda Law Firm LTD can examine the specifics of your case, develop a solid defense strategy, and provide guidance on the most effective course of action. Our goal is to minimize any negative effects the conviction may have on your record, employment, and personal life.

Be proactive and reach out to our team to help guide you through this time. Call (614) 707-4239 or fill out our form online to get started.