If you are caught operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in Ohio, then you will be arrested and charged with an OVI, or Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated. When you are convicted of this charge, you will be required to serve jail time, pay fines and you will also lose your driver’s license for a period. Within this article, you will find all of the Ohio OVI penalties and fines, so you can truly understand what the cost is if you decide to drink and drive.
Ohio OVI First Offense Penalties:
If you are convicted of an OVI for the first time in Ohio, then you will be required to spend a minimum of three days in jail and a maximum of six months; however, you may be able to undergo a Driver Intervention Program for three days instead of jail time. If your BAC was 0.17% or higher then you will be required to spend at least six days in jail – there is no other option. Your driver’s license will also be suspended for a period of six months to three years. Once you can have your license reinstated, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $450; however, this does not require the standard OVI fee of $250 to $1,000.
Ohio OVI Second Offense Penalties:
When you are convicted of an OVI within the state of Ohio, then you will be required to spend a minimum of 10 days in jail and be on house arrest for a period of 18 days to six months. If your BAC were 0.17% or higher upon arrest, you would be required to spend a minimum of 20 days in jail. The fine associated with this conviction ranges from $350 to $1,500. You will also have your driver’s license suspended for one to five years, and you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $450. Your vehicle will also be immobilized for a period of 90 days, and you will also be required to undergo a driver intervention program.
Ohio OVI Third Offense Penalties:
Being convicted of an OVI for the third time within the State of Ohio requires you to spend at least 30 days to one year in jail. The judge may also allow you to spend only 15 days in jail if you undergo house arrest for 55 days to one year. If your BAC was 0.17% or higher, then you will be required to spend at least 60 days in jail. The fine this conviction carries ranges from $350 to $1,500, and you can expect to have your license suspended for a period of one to 10 years. Your vehicle will also be immobilized for a period of 180 days. When you’re ready to have your license reinstated, you must pay a $450 reinstatement fee.