About DUI / OVI Penalties
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Ohio lawmakers have passed severe penalties for any DUI offense in the state. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, even the first offense, you may be facing fines, jail time, and suspension of your driver's license, community service, and treatment programs for alcohol or drugs. It is crucial that you contact a Columbus DUI / OVI defense lawyer at once if you have been arrested. At Koffel Law Firm, the legal team aggressively defends DUI / OVI cases of all types, and is one of the oldest and most established DUI / OVI firms in Ohio.
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The penalties laid out in Ohio law regarding DUI include the following:
1 st offense:
- 3 days in jail or Alcohol Education Program (72 hours)
- 6 days in jail if your alcohol level tested high or you refused a test or a prior DUI conviction in past 20 years.
- $375 - $1075 in fines
- Driver's license suspension 6 months - 3 years
- Yellow DUI plates are optional
- Possible ignition interlock device
2 nd offense:
- 10 days in jail
- 20 days in jail if your alcohol level tested high or you refused a test
- $525 - $1625 in fines
- Driver's license suspension from 1 - 5 years
- Mandatory yellow DUI plates
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installed
- 90 days immobilization of your vehicle
3 rd offense:
- 30 days in jail
- 60 days in jail if your alcohol level tested high or you refused a test
- $850 - $2750 in fines
- Driver's license suspension from 2 - 10 years
- Yellow DUI plates mandatory
- Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory
- Mandatory forfeiture of vehicle
A fourth DUI / OVI conviction is a felony and has extreme penalties including time spent in state prison, often years. A DUI can also result in 6 points on your driving record. It is critical that any DUI offense is defended by a skilled
DUI defense lawyer from Koffel Law Firm.
Contact a Columbus DUI Defense Attorney
from Koffel Law Firm at once if you have been arrested for DUI in Columbus or other area of Ohio.