In Ohio, the majority of DUI/OVI convictions are prosecuted as misdemeanor offenses; however, under certain circumstances, a DUI conviction can be prosecuted as a felony offense. A felony OVI conviction can involve exorbitant fines, incarceration, and a lifetime driver's license suspension. If you are currently in a situation where you are facing felony DUI charges, we urge you to contact an attorney from the Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC right away to protect your legal rights, your freedom, and your future.
Vehicular Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Perhaps one of the worst possible scenarios to be in is one where you were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and you were involved in a collision where somebody was killed, or where a pregnancy was terminated as a result of the accident.
Under Section 2903.06 Aggravated vehicular homicide – vehicular homicide – vehicular manslaughter, no person while operating a motor vehicle shall cause the death or an unlawful termination of a pregnancy in violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, or from an equivalent municipal ordinance. This means that it is unlawful for someone to take someone else's life when operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
If it is found that the driver took someone else's life while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or a combination thereof in violation of Section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, then they will be guilty of a felony of the second degree. In Ohio, a 2nd degree felony offense is punishable by the following:
- Fines ranging between $1,350 and $10,500
- Mandatory attendance at a alcohol/drug addiction program
- 3 years to lifetime driver's license suspension
- Vehicle forfeiture is required
- Up to 5 years in prison
Fourth DUI Offense Within 6 Years
In Ohio, when a person has three or four priors within a 6 year time period, or if they were convicted for five or more priors within 20 years, then they will be charged with a felony in the fourth degree, which is punishable by fines ranging from $1,350 and $10,500, 3 years to a lifetime driver's license suspension, criminal forfeiture of their vehicle if the vehicle was registered in their name and up to 5 years in prison.
If the person had a prior felony OVI, then it is considered a felony in the third degree, which is punishable by a fine ranging from $1,350 to $10,500, 3 years to a lifetime driver's license suspension, and the criminal forfeiture of their vehicle if the vehicle was registered in the offender's name.
Put Our Experience to Work for You!
Felony DUI/OVI charges are as serious as it gets when it comes to a DUI offense, and you are going to need the help of a meticulous and compassionate attorney. By hiring an attorney from the Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC you can breathe easier knowing that your constitutional rights will be protected, and that even if you did make a mistake, we can pursue a favorable plea bargain that may be far better than the alternative.
In the matter of a vehicular homicide case, the state will have to prove that the death was caused as a direct result of driving under the influence, in which case the penalties may include up to 5 years in prison and over $10,000 in fines. Therefore, anything we can do to challenge the case or to mitigate your penalties will be extremely valuable to you and your future.
If you are facing felony DUI charges, please contact us right away so we can get working on tailoring a powerful defense on your behalf, we care about your future and we are here to help in every way that we can.