Any arrest for operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) in Ohio is frightening, but many people who are arrested for their first OVI offenses have never faced any kind of criminal charges before. OVI is referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in other states, but the laws are generally the same and punish people who drive drunk.
Even when you know that you are a fine citizen in every other sense, you should not assume that a prosecutor will be inclined to show you any mercy when recommending a sentence. For this reason, you will want to be sure that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you were arrested for your first OVI offense in any community in the greater Columbus area, do not wait another moment to seek legal representation. You should contact Sabol | Mallory as soon as possible.
Our firm has over 20 years of combined legal experience. Call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
A first OVI is a first-degree misdemeanor. Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19(A)(1) establishes that a person commits OVI if they:
Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19(A)(1)(j) further provides that a person can be charged with OVI when they have a concentration of any enumerated controlled substances or metabolites of a controlled substance in their whole blood, blood serum or plasma, or urine that equals or exceeds any one of various specified levels.
OVI has a 10-year “lookback period,” which means that all other violations committed within the prior 10 years will be counted against an alleged offender. When a person who committed an OVI more than 10 years ago commits a subsequent offense, it will be prosecuted as though it was a first offense.
The blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of the alleged offender can be an important distinction in these cases. In general, convictions are punishable as follows:
Some of the biggest consequences of OVI convictions are not directly related to the court cases. Convictions can cause possible issues with employment, housing, or professional licensing.
Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk — Most misdemeanor cases will be handled in the Franklin County Municipal Court, while the the Common Pleas Court typically handles the felony offenses. You can use this website to search for information on your case. You can also find rules, directions, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Franklin County Municipal Court
375 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
OVI Interdiction Handbook | Ohio Department of Public Safety — The OVI Interdiction Handbook is intended to provide a general overview of state OVI laws. The handbook is broken into pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and miscellaneous issues. There is also a glossary and a number of appendices.
DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI: What Do They Mean? | Ohio State Bar Association — View an article by the Ohio State Bar Association discussing the differences between the acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI, and OVI. The article also discusses “high tier” offenses for BACs of 0.17 or more. You can also learn more about underage offenses.
Were you recently arrested for your first OVI offense in the Columbus area of Ohio? You will want to immediately retain qualified legal counsel, and Sabol | Mallory provides the following skills:
Our firm can fight for a resolution that involves the fewest possible penalties. We can assess all of your legal options as soon as you call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.