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DUI Penalties - Ohio OVI Penalties

This page breaks down the range of OVI penalties you are facing for your drunk driving charge.  It includes misdemeanor DUI penalties, felony DUI penalties, and underage DUI penalties.

If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence, you are immediately place under an Administrative License Suspension (ALS).  Click HERE for information about the ALS.

1st DUI/OVI in six years 

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 3 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 6 months. Fines can be anywhere from $375 to $1,075. There is a license suspension from 6 months to 3 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 15 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates, and interlock are all optional at the judge’s discretion.

1st DUI/OVI in six years AND either a high test or refusal

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 6 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 6 months. Fines range from $375 to $1,075. There is a license suspension from 6 months to 3 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 15 days. Restricted plates are required. Court ordered treatment and interlock are optional at the judge’s discretion.

2nd DUI/OVI in six years 

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 10 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 6 months. Fines can be anywhere from $525 to $1,625. There is a mandatory license suspension from 1 to 5 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 45 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates, and interlock are required. Additionally, the vehicle is subject to 90 day immobilization if it is registered in your name.

2nd DUI/OVI in six years AND either a high test or refusal

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 20 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 6 months. Fines range from $525 to $1,625. There is a mandatory license suspension from 1 to 5 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 45 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates, and interlock are required. Additionally, the vehicle is subject to 90 day immobilization if it is registered in your name.

3rd DUI/OVI in six years 

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 30 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 1 year. Fines range from $850 to $2,750. There is a minimum license suspension of 2 to 10 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for 180 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if it is registered in your name.

3rd DUI/OVI in six years AND either a high test or refusal

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 60 day jail sentence up to a maximum of 1 year. Fines range from $850 to $2,750. There is a mandatory license suspension of 2 to 10 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for 180 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if it is registered in your name.

4th or 5th DUI/OVI in six years OR 6th in 20 years 

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 60 day jail sentence up to 1 year (or 60 days prison with the option of an additional 6 to 30 months). Fines range from $1,350 to $10,500. There is a mandatory license suspension from 3 years to life and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 3 years. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if it is registered in your name.

4th or 5th DUI/OVI in six years OR 6th in 20 years AND a high test OR refusal

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 120 day jail sentence up to 1 year (or 120 days prison with the option of an additional 6 to 30 months). Fines range from $1,350 to $10,500. There is a mandatory license suspension from 3 years to life and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 3 years. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if it is registered in your name.

2nd Felony DUI/OVI lifetime

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 60 days in prison and up to 5 years. Fines range from $1,350 to $10,500. There is a mandatory license suspension from 3 years to life and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 3 years. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if it is registered in your name.

2nd Felony DUI/OVI lifetime AND a high test OR refusal

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a mandatory minimum 120 days in prison up to 5 years. Fines range from $1,350 to $10,500. There is a mandatory license suspension from 3 years to life and you are not eligible for driving privileges for the first 3 years. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are required. Vehicle forfeiture is required if the vehicle is registered in your name.

Underage DUI/OVI 

If you are under the age of 21, your legal limit is a BAC of .02 (as opposed to a .08 if you were of legal age to drink alcohol). Like all charges of drunk driving, this charge has serious and long term ramifications on your ability to drive as well as your insurance premiums.

1st OVI/DUI in 1 year

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a jail term of 0 to 30 days. Fines range from zero to $250. There is a mandatory license suspension of 90 days to 2 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for 60 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates, and interlock are all optional at the judge’s discretion.

2nd OVI/DUI in 1 year

If convicted of this offense, you are facing a jail term of 0 to 60 days. Fines range from zero to $500. There is a mandatory license suspension of 1 to 5 years and you are not eligible for driving privileges for 60 days. Court ordered treatment, restricted plates and interlock are all optional at the judge’s discretion.