OVI DEFENSE IN OHIO

When results matter, it is critical to hire an exceptional operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) attorney to defend your case. Impaired driving charges involve some of the most nuanced and challenging law that exists in the criminal justice system, and a dynamic defense that masters the law, courtroom tactics, roadside tests, and chemical analysis is necessary to earn the best possible outcomes

Our credentials are unmatched. We regularly have as much or more training than the officers that arrested you, including the following qualifications:

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  • Qualified instructor in standardized field sobriety testing
  • Qualified practitioners of standardized field sobriety testing
  • ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) qualified
  • Successfully completed the Axion Labs Forensic DUID Course
  • Successfully completed the Axion Labs Forensic Drug Analysis
  • Successfully completed the Axion Labs Forensic Chromatography Theory and Practice
  • Qualified as a senior operator of the BAC Datamaster by completing the National Patent BAC Datamaster, K, DMT and Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing Operation and Diagnostic Verification, modeled after the BAC Datamaster Supervisor Course

Our ability to utilize this skill in the courtroom has resulted in numerous awards and recognition, including the DUI Defense 2018 and 2020 U.S. News Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Central Ohio.

We have lectured on OVI law at numerous local and national seminars. Teaching hundreds defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and police officers has earned us a reputation of knowledgeable aggression, and we gladly put that reputation on the line with every client we represent.

OVI Defense Attorneys in Columbus, OH | Sabol | Mallory

If you or your loved one were arrested for OVI in the Columbus area, act quickly to find legal representation. Sabol | Mallory has extensive training relating to OVI cases and aggressively defends against these charges.

Our firm can work to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. We can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

OVI Cases We Handle

Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19 establishes the crime of OVI, which is also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). It is commonly referred to simply as drunk or drugged driving.

Sabol | Mallory handles all kinds of OVI cases. We can defend you whether you are an alleged first-time offender or have multiple prior convictions.

Some of the different kinds of OVI cases our firm handles include:

  • First OVI
  • Second OVI
  • Third OVI
  • Felony OVI
  • Administrative License Suspension
  • Marijuana OVI
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
  • Refusal to Submit
  • Underage OVI
  • Commercial OVI

Many people assume that their arrests are the same as convictions, especially when they failed breath tests. It is important to understand that an arrest is not the same as a conviction.

A prosecutor still has to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Even if you failed a test, errors in how those tests were performed or equipment was maintained could invalidate the results and make the evidence inadmissible in court.

OVI Penalties in Ohio

OVI offenses carry increased penalties for repeat offenses. OVI offenses involve a 10-year “lookback period,” meaning that all other violations committed within the prior 10 years will be counted against an alleged offender.

An alleged offender’s blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) can also be a significant factor in sentencing. In general, OVI offenses are punishable as follows in Ohio:

  • First OVI in 10 years — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by three days to six months in jail, a fine of between $375 and $1,075, driver’s license suspension of up to three years, with possible driving privileges after 15 days.
  • First OVI in 10 years with BAC of 0.17 or higher or test refusal with prior in 20 years — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by six days to six months in jail, a fine of between $375 and $1,075, driver’s license suspension of up to three years, with driving privileges possible after 15 days.
  • Second OVI in 10 years — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by 10 days to six months in jail,  a fine of between $525 and $1,625, mandatory treatment, a driver’s license suspension of up to seven years, possible driving privileges after 45 days, and  an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related.
  • Second OVI in 10 years with BAC of 0.17 or higher or test refusal with prior in 20 years  — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by 20 days to six months in jail, a fine of between $525 and $1,625, mandatory treatment, driver’s license suspension of up to seven years, driving privileges after 45 days, and an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related.
  • Third OVI in 10 years — Unclassified misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to one year in jail, a fine of between $850 and $2,750, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, a driver’s license suspension of up to 12 years, driving privileges after 180 days,  an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Third OVI in 10 years with BAC of 0.17 or higher or test refusal with prior in 20 years  — Unclassified misdemeanor punishable by 60 days to one year in jail, a fine of between $850 and $2,750, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, driver’s license suspension of up to 12 years, driving privileges after 180 days, an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Fourth or Fifth OVI in 10 years, or Sixth OVI in 20 years  — Fourth-degree felony punishable by 60 days to one year in prison, a fine of between $1,350 and $10,500, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, a driver’s license suspension of up to life, driving privileges after three years, an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Fourth or Fifth OVI in 10 years, or Sixth OVI in 20 years with BAC of 0.17 or higher or test refusal with prior in 20 years — Fourth-degree felony punishable by 120 days to one year in prison, a fine of between $1,350 and $10,500, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, driver’s license suspension of up to life, driving privileges after three years, an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Second Felony OVI Lifetime — Third-degree felony punishable by 60 days to 36 months in prison , a fine of between $1,350 and $10,500, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, a driver’s license suspension of up to life, driving privileges after three years, an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Second Felony OVI Lifetime with BAC of 0.17 or higher or test refusal with prior in 20 years — Third-degree felony punishable by 120 days to 36 months in prison, a fine of between $1,350 and $10,500, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program, a driver’s license suspension of up to life, driving privileges after three years, an interlock device is required if the offense was alcohol-related, and possible vehicle forfeiture.

Columbus, OH OVI Resources


Central Ohio Group Fellowship — The Central Ohio Group Fellowship identifies itself as the third-oldest Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group in the world. The group states that its “primary purpose is to assist AA groups in Central and Southeastern Ohio in carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous message to those who still suffer from alcoholism,” and the only requirement for membership in AA is a desire to stop drinking. Use this website to learn about AA and also find the times and locations of meetings.

Central Ohio Group Fellowship
651 W. Broad St.Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 253-8501

First Offense OVI | State of Ohio BMV — The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) oversees driver and motor vehicle licensing and registration. This website outlines many of the penalties of an OVI arrest in Ohio, including information on physical control, underage offenses, and habitual drug and alcohol use. You can also learn about the differences between in-state and out-of-state suspensions.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1970 W. Broad St.Columbus, Ohio 43223
(844) 644-6268

Contact a Columbus OVI Defense Lawyer Today

Were you or your loved one recently arrested for OVI in or around Columbus? You will want to be certain that you have an experienced and dedicated criminal defense lawyer to handle your case.

Sabol | Mallory defends people accused of OVI in communities throughout the greater Columbus area. Call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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