Understanding Ohio State OVI Laws
Under Ohio law, drunk driving is known as an OVI, operating a vehicle under
influence. You can be charged with an OVI for driving while under the
influence of alcohol or any drug that may impair your driving ability
or reaction time. This can include such substances as illegal drugs, prescription
medicines, and even over-the-counter medications which can cause drowsiness
and other problems.
Essentially you can be
arrested for a OVI if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or above or if proof can be given that reveals you were under the influence of
some kind of drug substance at the time a law officer pulls you over.
This law applies to those drivers that are 21 years of age or older, while
those under the legal drinking age that are stopped by law officers must
have a BAC of .02 percent or lower. Commercial drivers who drive a vehicle
for a living must have their blood alcohol content level at .04 percent
or below, otherwise they risk losing their job and their license.
Associated Penalties for a DUI
Facing the prospect of conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence
can be terrifying and confusing. Many individuals may not even realize
the severe nature of driving drunk and the associated consequences that
come with it. Penalties may vary on the number of previous DUI charges,
the occurrence of any accidents resulting in injury or death, and whether
or not the driver cooperated with Ohio's complied consent law. The
implied consent law dictates that an individual must agree to blood or
breathe testing if suspected of drunk driving or face suspension of the
right to drive.
While these are the state mandated laws and penalties, there can be room
for negotiation with a careful defense. Having the assistance of an attorney
who truly cares about your case can make or break the end result. Of course
the consequences are merely the legal penalties and there are numerous
other difficulties that can arise if convicted. Individuals may lose their
jobs if they are required to drive to work, but no longer have their license.