DUI/DWI Penalties Ohio

If you get arrested for drunk driving in Ohio, you need an attorney and should call B4DD today. We defend drunk driving cases in Columbus, the surrounding area, and elsewhere in Ohio.

Don’t try to represent yourself in court – you may receive a higher penalty! Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys understand the laws and provide quality legal representation to clients charged with a drunk driving offense.

Sentencing for Drunk Driving in Ohio

Ohio’s minimum sentencing for drunk driving is constantly changing as the state legislature modifies the laws and further restricts the discretionary ability of judges to work with knowledgeable attorneys.

The following links will take you to sentencing charts used by defense attorneys, judges, and magistrates in Ohio. The charts have become a standard reference tool regarding minimum sentences for drunk driving and related charges.

Drunk Driving Minimum Sentencing: ​

Other Related Criminal Traffic Offenses:

Ohio’s New Law

Under Ohio’s new law, the state may enhance penalties for offenses using any combination of a prior conviction for OVI and/or BUI (Boating Under the Influence).

Most offenders charged with drunk driving are worried about the possible jail time sentence that may be ordered by a court. While Ohio’s new sentencing factors set forth minimum jail sentences for a guilty offender, the minimum sentence itself does not necessarily reflect what a particular judge may order as jail time in a particular case.

Our attorneys at B4DD will educate you on the sentencing factors and options available if you are found guilty of impaired or drunk driving or a related offense.

Under the new law, Ohio makes the following fines mandatory:

Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines: Under the new law, there are other Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines that an Ohio court must follow

1.  Ohio now mandates an alcohol and drug assessment of any multiple offenders (2nd within 6 years or higher) as well as any recommended treatment for all multiple offenders (2nd in 6 years or higher).

2.  An Ohio court must order a device called an ignition interlock if a court grants limited privileges to any alcohol-related multiple offenders (2nd offense within 6 years or higher).

3.  Ohio’s new law grants court discretion as to the use of an ignition interlock device for 1st time offenders. The device is discretionary for all drug-related multiple offenders.

4.  The new law creates separate violations of the Interlock device. Such violations include operating a vehicle without the interlock, circumventing the interlock, tampering with the interlock, and having the device lock-up by a positive alcohol test.

5.  Under Ohio’s new law, a court must order that the offender not consume alcohol and the court must also order a Secure Continuous Remove Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) for OVI offenders charged with their second felony and are granted pre-trial limited driving privileges.

6.  The new law grants a court discretion (optional, but not mandatory) to order a SCRAM device for any offender convicted of OVI. Any alcohol consumption by the offender is grounds for revocation of the limited privileges. The SCRAM order must continue until the case is wholly over (to include probation).

7.  Ohio’s new law authorizes a court to order no alcohol consumption and Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) for third time offenders within 6 years, as well as first time felony OVI offenders who are granted limited pre-trial driving privileges.

Habitual OVI Offenders

Ohio’s new law now requires the Department of Public Safety to create a public list of habitual OVI offenders. The posting to the public list applies only to convictions, not charges. The registry includes an internet database, searchable by name, county, and zip code; and the database list will show the offender’s name, birth date, address, zip code, and number of Ohio convictions. Ohio’s new law also modified the Administrative License Suspension (ALS) for offenders.

  • Ohio’s new law increases the “hard suspension” from 30 days to 45 days. A mandatory period where a court cannot grant limited driving privileges to second offenders within six years.
  • Any prior refusals or convictions within 6 years are used to enhance a refusal ALS. Only convictions within six years are used to enhance test over ALS.

At B4DD our experienced, skilled, and aggressive impaired or drunk driving lawyers, OVI attorneys and motor vehicle traffic offense lawyers can assist offenders in understanding the new laws, as well as help protect the legal rights of the offenders.

If you have been arrested or cited with drunk driving or OVI/DUI, in Columbus, a surrounding county, or elsewhere in Ohio…

Call the legal team at B4DD for a free consultation:

in central Ohio call 614-478-8005; other areas call toll free 1-844-533-B4DD (2433).