Everybody makes mistakes in life. In most circumstances, the person can apologize, make changes and leave their mistake behind them. For people who have prior OVI/DUI convictions, that first mistake can haunt them for years.
If you or a loved one already has prior convictions for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI), you need to how the consequences for multiple OVI convictions can increase. Here, we will review how the penalties change for multiple Ohio OVI/DUI convictions and the steps a person can take if they are charged with another OVI/DUI.
How do the minimum consequences get more severe after a first OVI/DUI conviction?
As we have covered in a previous blog post, the penalties for a first-time OVI/DUI conviction in Ohio are already steep. These penalties include a mandatory jail sentence of at least three consecutive days, at least $375 in fines and a license suspension of at least six months. These are the minimum penalties, and depending on the circumstances of a person’s conviction, the actual punishments for a first-time OVI/DUI could be much higher, including s longer jail sentence, higher fines and multi-year license suspension.
The minimum punishments for more than one OVI/DUI conviction1 in a 10 year period are:
Please note that these are only the minimum consequences for multiple OVIs/DUI. A conviction for a high-tier OVI/DUI offense carries a longer jail sentence, higher fines and other severe penalties. There also may be additional penalties depending on the details of your case. The best way to learn about the potential penalties that you may face in your case is to contact a knowledgeable OVI/DUI defense attorney.
What can you do if you are facing a criminal case related to multiple OVIs?
As you can see, the penalties associated with multiple OVI convictions are severe. You need to protect yourself. Talking to an experienced OVI/DUI defense attorney is your best option for protecting your rights and freedom. Do not gamble with your future by not taking these charges seriously.
You can talk to one of the attorneys at The Law Office of Brian Jones, in a free consultation. Contact the firm’s Delaware, Ohio, office now.