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If you recently received DUI or DWI within the state of Ohio, it's recommened that you speak with a lawyer who specializes in defending a drunk driving cases within the state of Ohio. Cities where the most DUI where issed include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Here's more information about Ohio (OH) DUI/DWI laws.

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Ohio's Drunk Driving (DUI) Laws

 

Administrative License Suspension (ALS)

• If you are stopped for drunk driving and you refuse to take the sobriety test, or if your test results exceed the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the officer can take your driver's license on the spot, and the suspension begins immediately.

• Depending on previous offenses or refusals, you can have your license automatically suspended for a period of 90 days to five years.

• The administrative suspension is independent of any jail term, fine or other criminal penalty imposed in court for a DUI offense.

 

1st Drunk Driving Offense

• Administrative License Suspension (ALS) for a prohibited BAC;

• ALS for test refusal = one year license suspension;

• Jail - Minimum of three consecutive days or 3-day driver intervention program;

• Fine - Minimum $200 and not more than $1,000;

• Court License Suspension -  6 months to 3 years.

 

2nd Drunk Driving Offense

• ALS for one year for a prohibited BAC;

• ALS for test refusal = two year license suspension;

• Jail -  Minimum of 10 consecutive days or five days jail + minimum 18 consecutive days of electronically monitored house arrest combined, not to exceed 6 months;

• Fine - Minimum $300 and not more than $1,500;

• Discretionary driver's intervention program;

• Vehicle immobilization and plates impounded for 90 days;

• Court License Suspension - 1 year to 5 years.

 

3rd Drunk Driving Offense

• ALS for two years for a prohibited BAC;

• ALS for test refusal = three year license suspension;

• Jail - Minimum 30 consecutive days to one year;

• Alternative sentence - 15 days or Jail + minimum 55 consecutive days of electronically monitored house arrest combined, maximum of one year;

• Fine - Minimum $500 and not more than $2,500;

• Mandatory attendance in an alcohol treatment program paid for by offender;

• Vehicle immobilization and plates impounded for 180 days;

• Court License Suspension - 1 year to 10 years.

 

4th or More Drunk Driving Offense or Motor Vehicle Related Felony

• ALS for three years for a prohibited BAC;

• ALS for test refusal = five years license suspension;

• Jail -  Minimum of 60 consecutive days and up to one year in jail;

• Fine -  Minimum $750 and not more than $10,000;

• Mandatory drug/alcohol treatment program paid for by offender;

• Vehicle Forfeiture - Mandatory criminal forfeiture of vehicle operated by offender, imposed by court;

• Court License Suspension - 3 years to Permanent Revocation.

 

APPEAL PROCESS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION (ALS)

The court must hold the administrative license suspension hearing within five days of a Drunk Driving arrest. The appeal is heard at this initial appearance if requested. The scope of appeal is confined to four issues.

    1. Was the arrest based on reasonable grounds?

    2. Did the officer request the person to take a test?

    3. Was the violator made aware of the consequences if he/she refused or failed the test?

    4. Did the person refuse or fail the test?

NOTE:

A court may still issue a suspension even if 1-4 is proven by defendant if court finds the person is a threat to public safety.

 

DRIVING UNDER DUI SUSPENSION OR DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION WITHOUT INSURANCE

The court is authorized to order vehicle immobilization and impoundment of the license plates at the time of sentencing for:

Driving under DUI Suspension

FRA Suspension

(without insurance)

First Offense: 30 days

First Offense: 30 days

Second Offense: 60 days

Second Offense: 60 days

Third Offense: Forfeiture

Third Offense: Forfeiture

NOTE:

For multiple DUI offenders under suspension, the court may also impound the plates of any other vehicle owned by the offender.

PERMITTING A PERSON WITH NO LEGAL RIGHT TO DRIVE OR OPERATE YOUR VEHICLE

First Offense: 30 days for state offenses only.

 

VEHICLE FORFEITURE

Permanent loss of vehicle shall be ordered by the court for any of the following:

    A) Third offense of DUI within six years;

    B) Third offense or more of Driving Under FRA Suspension within five years;

    C) Second offense of owner knowingly permitting a person who is under suspension to

         drive their vehicle;

    D) First offense of driving a vehicle that is immobilized and plates impounded.


Cities within Ohio (OH) known to Enforce Drunk Driving
DUI or DWI laws including:

Akron

Alliance

Amherst

Ashland

Ashtabula

Austintown

Barberton

Beavercreek

Berea

Bexley

Blue Ash

Boardman

Bowling Green

Brook Park

Brunswick

Canton

Centerville

Chillicothe

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Cleveland Heights

Columbus

Cuyahoga Falls

Dayton

Delaware

Dublin

East Cleveland

Eastlake

Elyria

Euclid

Fairborn

Fairfield

Findlay

Forest Park

Fostoria

Fremont

Gahanna

Garfield Heights

Green

Grove City

Hamilton

Hilliard

Huber Heights

Hudson

Kent

Kettering

Lakewood

Lancaster

Lima

Lincoln Village

Logan

London

Lorain

Mansfield

Maple Heights

Marion

Marysville

Mason

Massillon

Maumee

Mayfield Heights

Medina

Mentor

Miamisburg

Middleburg Heights

Middletown

Mount Vernon

New Philadelphia

Newark

Niles

North Canton

North Olmsted

North Ridgeville

North Royalton

Norwalk

Norwood

Oregon

Oxford

Painesville

Parma

Parma Heights

Perrysburg

Piqua

Portsmouth

Reynoldsburg

Riverside

Rocky River

Sandusky

Seven Hills

Shaker Heights

Sharonville

Sidney

Solon

South Euclid

Springfield

Steubenville

Stow

Strongsville

Sylvania

Tallmadge

Tiffin

Toledo

Trotwood

Troy

Upper Arlington

Vandalia

Wadsworth

Warren

Warrensville Heights

Washington

West Carrollton City

Westerville

Westlake

White Oak

Whitehall

Wickliffe

Willoughby

Willowick

Wooster

Worthington

Xenia

Youngstown

Zanesville






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