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What is the difference between a OVI, OMVI, OMWI, DUI, DWI, OVUI, DWAI etc.?

 

These terms are all acronyms that refer to the offense commonly known as "drunk driving."  Different states have different names for the crime.  For example, in New York the charge is known as driving while intoxicated or DWI.  Oregon uses the phrase driving under the influence of an intoxicant or DUII.  In Michigan, the phrase operating while intoxicated or OWI is used.  Indiana law uses the terminology "operating a vehicle while intoxicated" so the terms OVWI or OWI or OVI are used there. 

Ohio law prohibits operating a vehicle under the influence―OVI.  However, the phrase driving under the influence (DUI) is commonly used throughout the United States and it is often used in the State of Ohio.  [West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and most other states use the term DUI as well.]

This website uses the terms OVI and DUI interchangeably.
  The terms refer to the same offense.  DUI = OVI.

 

I just got arrested for an Ohio OVI.  What happens now?

 

ISSUE ONE:  The Ohio Implied Consent / Administrative License Suspension Proceeding:  Under Ohio law, any person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or any public or private property used by the public for vehicular travel or parking within this state or who is in physical control of a vehicle is deemed to have given consent to a chemical test or tests of the person’s whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine to determine the alcohol, drug of abuse, controlled substance, metabolite of a controlled substance, or combination content of the person’s whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine if arrested for a OVI / DUI offense. This is known as Ohio's implied consent law.  See ORC 4511.191.

 

Pursuant to Ohio's implied consent law, your Ohio license (or your right to drive in Ohio if you're not a Ohio licensed driver) was most likely suspended for anywhere from 90 days to five years for failing or refusing a chemical (breath) test.  This suspension is known as an administrative license suspension or ALS.  Refer to the table below for suspension lengths for your situation.

 

OHIO ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION CHART
OFFENSE(S) IN PAST 6 YEARS TEST FAILURE 0.08% + TEST REFUSAL
FIRST OFFENSE 90 Day Suspension One Year Suspension
SECOND OFFENSE One Year Suspension Two Year Suspension
THIRD OFFENSE Two Year Suspension Three Year Suspension
FOURTH OR GREATER Three Year Suspension Five Year Suspension
The administrative license suspension (ALS) for failing or refusing a test ends upon conviction following a plea of guilty or no contest, and the time served under the ALS will be credited against the suspension the court imposes if you're convicted of the charge.

 

Read your paperwork carefully.  You have a right to contest / appeal this administrative license suspension if you act quickly. See ORC 4511.197.  Your appeal / challenge of this suspension is commonly referred to as a BMV Hearing.

 

 

ISSUE TWO:  The Criminal Charge:  You were probably arrested for one of the following offenses under ORC 4511.19.

 

OVI / DUI:  In Ohio, it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence (a) of alcohol; or (b) of a drug of abuse; or (c) of a combination of alcohol and a drug of abuse, to operate any vehicle (whether motorized or not).

 

It is also unlawful for any person who has a blood / breath concentration of alcohol (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more to operate a vehicle.  This offense applies whether or not the person is under the influence or affected by the alcohol consumed.  This is sometimes referred to as a "per se" OVI or a "per se" DUI offense.

 

Physical Control:  It is also unlawful to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence or with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more.  The term “physical control” means being in the driver’s position of the front seat of a vehicle and having possession of the vehicle’s ignition key or other ignition device.  The penalties for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence / or with a BAC of 0.08% are generally less than those for an OVI.  See below.

 

OVUAC: Operating a vehicle after underage alcohol consumption.  Ohio law also forbids any person under 21 years of age from operating any vehicle within the State of Ohio if, at the time of the operation, the person has a concentration of at least 0.02% but less than 0.08% BAC. 

 

Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.  If you have a prior OVI conviction in the past 20 years it is a misdemeanor crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test following an OVI arrest.

 

Important:  The implied consent / administrative license suspension proceeding and the criminal OVI / DUI case are completely separate from one another.  Picture two separate boxes that do not overlap:

 

Issue One:  Administrative Issue Two:  Criminal
‣  Implied Consent / Administrative License Suspension (ALS) for failing or refusing a breath or blood test
‣  You have the option of contesting this suspension by requesting an appeal of your ALS
  ‣  Criminal charge for OVI / Physical Control / OVUAC / Refusal to Submit (and any other offenses)
‣  You must personally appear in court or a warrant will be issued for your arrest for failure to appear

 

Will my Ohio driver license be suspended?

 

RELATED TO ISSUE ONE ABOVE:  Your Ohio driver license (or your right to drive in Ohio if you do not have a valid Ohio license) will likely be suspended for failing or for refusing a chemical test for alcohol and / or drugs.  Again, you may challenge / appeal this administrative license suspension.  Filing an appeal will not necessarily overturn the suspension; rather, it provides you with a chance to overturn the suspension.

 

 

RELATED TO ISSUE TWO ABOVE:  If you are convicted of the OVI / DUI charge, you will also lose your license (or your right to drive in Ohio if you don't have a valid Ohio license) for six months or more.  This suspension is separate from the administrative license suspension.  Talk to your Ohio DUI lawyer for possible suspension lengths for your situation.

 

 

Also keep in mind that your license can be suspended for a variety of reasons unrelated to an OVI / DUI arrest e.g. 12 points within two years, etc.

 

I have a commercial drivers license (CDL).  Will my CDL be suspended if I get arrested for an Ohio DUI?

 

If you are convicted of an Ohio DUI / OVI offense, your CDL will be suspended for one year.  This is so even if you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of your offense.  For a second DUI / OVI conviction, your CDL will be revoked for life.  You CANNOT obtain limited driving privileges to operate a commercial vehicle.

 

What happens if I get caught driving while my license is suspended?

 

Driving under an OVI suspension (DUS) should be avoided as it is a new crime.  ORC 4510.14.  Penalties include a fine of at least $250, at least three days jail time, a possible additional license suspension of up to one year, and possible 30 day vehicle immobilization if you own the vehicle you were driving. 

 

Penalties increase if you have prior DUS convictions.  If you have a prior driving under suspension in the past six years, you face at least 10 days jail, at least a $500 fine, a possible additional license suspension of up to one year and possible 60 day vehicle immobilization. 

 

If you have two or more prior DUS offenses in the past six years, you face the above penalties with at least 30 days jail time.

 

A Driving Under an OVI Suspension conviction is a six point offense as is an OVI conviction.

 

I really need to drive.  Will I be able to get a restricted / occupational / conditional / probationary permit?

 

Limited driving privileges may be available to you if your license is suspended and you had a valid Ohio Driver License at the time of your suspension.  See ORC 4510.021.  Typically, there is some amount of waiting period before your eligibility. 

 

TEST FAILURE / TEST REFUSAL / OVI CONVICTION
In the past six years
LENGTH OF SUSPENSION WAITING PERIOD FOR LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES
1st test failure 90 days 15 days
1st test refusal one year 30 days
1st OVI conviction six months to three years 15 days
2nd test failure one year 30 days
2nd test refusal two years 90 days
2nd OVI conviction one to five years 45 days
3rd test failure two years 180 days
3rd test refusal three years one year
3rd OVI conviction two to ten years 180 days
4th+ test failure three years three years
4th+ test refusal five years three years
4th OVI conviction three years to lifetime three years

 

Speak to your Ohio DUI lawyer about how to apply for limited driving privileges.  Unfortunately limited driving privileges will not allow you to operate commercial motor vehicles. 

 

Is an Ohio OVI / DUI a criminal offense (a crime)?

 

Yes.  A operating a vehicle under the influence charge is either a misdemeanor or a felony crime.  See below for more information.

 

Is a DUI / OVI in Ohio a misdemeanor or felony charge?

 

In Ohio, a DUI / OVI is usually a misdemeanor crime.  However, if you have three or more convictions within the past six years, you face a felony DUI / OVI charge.  Also, if you have five or more prior convictions within the past 20 years, you face a felony offense.

 

What goes on at my first Ohio court appearance?

 

Your first court appearance is commonly called an arraignment or an initial appearance.  At this appearance you receive formal notice of charge or charges against you.  This document is commonly called a complaint; a citation; or an indictment.  At the arraignment, you may apply for a court appointed counsel if you cannot afford to retain your own OVI attorney.   

 

What type of penalties might I face if I am convicted of an Ohio OVI / DUI charge?

 

Upon conviction of an Ohio DUI / OVI offense, a defendant can receive a variety of penalties including alcohol screening / treatment / education.  A range of minimum penalties is set forth below.  Note:  Penalties are substantially increased for prior conviction(s) within the past six years.

 


OHIO OVI / DUI PENALTY GRID AND CONSEQUENCES CHART

CONVICTION TYPICAL PENALTIES
FIRST OVI
(First offense within past six years)
Misdemeanor
  • For BAC under 0.17 percent (low tier / test), minimum three days jail or three day driver intervention program (DIP);
  • for BAC 0.17% or higher (high tier / test), minimum six days jail or three days jail and three day driver intervention program [If you refused the breath test, see Note 1 below];
  • fine range:  $375 - $1075;
  • license suspension ranging from six months to three years [See note 2 below];
  • possible yellow DUI plates [See Note 3 below];
  • possible SCRAM bracelet [See Note 4 below].
SECOND OVI
(Second offense within past six years)
Misdemeanor
  • For BAC under 0.17%, minimum 10 days jail;
  • for BAC 0.17% or higher (high tier), minimum 20 days jail [If you refused the breath test, see Note 1 below];
  • fine range:  $525 - $1625;
  • license suspension ranging from one to five years [See Note 2];
  • required yellow DUI plates;
  • required SCRAM bracelet [See Note 4 below].
THIRD OVI
(Third offense within past six years)
misdemeanor
  • For BAC under 0.17%, minimum 30 days jail;
  • for BAC 0.17% or higher (high tier), minimum 60 days jail [If you refused the breath test, see Note 1 below];
  • fine range:  $850 - $2750;
  • license suspension ranging from two to ten years [See Note 2];
  • required yellow DUI plates;
  • required SCRAM bracelet.
FOURTH OR FIFTH OVI
(Fourth or fifth conviction in the past six years)
felony
or
SIXTH OR GREATER OVI
(Sixth or greater in the past 20 years)
felony
  • lengthy jail sentence to possible prison term;
  • fine range:  $1350 - $10,000;
  • license suspension ranging from three years to lifetime [See Note 2];
  • required SCRAM bracelet.
PHYSICAL CONTROL
regardless of prior offenses
misdemeanor
  • jail possible but not required;
  • possible fine;
  • license suspension ranging from no suspension to one year.  [See Note 2]

Note 1.  Also applies where defendant has a prior OVI / DUI in the past 20 years and refused the chemical test.

Note 2.  The judge chooses your suspension length from this range.

Note 3.  Mandatory for OH OVI's with a BAC 0.17 percent or greater and for the situation described in Note 1 above.

Note 4.  Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet devices are required for all second-time OVI / DUI offenders.  The SCRAM bracelet may be ordered at the court's discretion for first-time OVI / DUI convictions.  A SCRAM device is an ankle bracelet that periodically measures a person's BAC through perspiration. 

Note 5.  For second and third convictions, the court may impose a shorter jail sentence and a lengthy period of house arrest (electronic home confinement) under some circumstances.

Note 6.  The critical look back period for prior DUI / OVI offenses is six years.  However, five prior convictions in the past 20 years makes the sixth OVI a felony offense.

Note 7.  OVI convictions result in six points on your driving record.

Note 8.  For persons under 21 years of age, a first offense OVUAC conviction will result in possible jail time, a fine of up to $250, and a license suspension of between 90 days to two years.  Four points will be assessed.

Note 9.  A "high tier" or "super DUI" or "super OVI" is one with a BAC of .17% or greater.

Will my Ohio defense lawyer be able to plea bargain / reduce / negotiate my Ohio OVI / DUI charge down to another (lesser) offense?

Possibly.  Plea bargaining and charge reduction are two areas that any experienced Ohio lawyer would discuss with the prosecutor on the client's behalf.  An OVI may, at times, be "reduced" to a charge of Physical Control or Reckless Operation (ORC. 4511.20 provides, "No person shall operate a vehicle . . . on any street or highway in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property."). 

While Physical Control (no points) and Reckless Operation (four points) are also misdemeanors crimes, these offenses typically result in lesser penalties than an OVI conviction. 

Many times a person facing an Ohio OVI simply will not be allowed to plead to a lesser charge.  If that is the case, your only option will be to plead guilty to the OVI or take your case to trial.

Will an out of state DUI / DWI / OWI / OUI conviction count against me as a prior offense?

Yes.  Under Ohio law, any DUI-type conviction from another state that is substantially equivalent to an Ohio OVI will count as a prior offense.  ORC 4511.181(A)(8).

Will an Ohio DUI go on "my driving record?"

Yes.  An OVI / DUI conviction will go on your Ohio driving record and stay on your record essentially forever.  However, Driver Abstracts (the record available to your insurance company) generally only go back three years.  You cannot expunge an Ohio OVI conviction.

Just how much jail time will I have to do if I am convicted of a DUI offense in Ohio?

The amount of incarceration (jail or prison) received will depend on a number of factors, including the following:

  • Your prior driving record especially your OVI history (including any DUI / OWI / DWI / OUI convictions outside of Ohio);

  • Your level of intoxication / BAC (a high tier / super DUI BAC (0.17 percent or greater)) can generate greater penalties);

  • Whether there was a collision involved;

  • Whether there was injury to another person in any accident / collision;

  • Which Ohio city, county or court your case is in;

  • What judge you are sentenced by;

  • Whether there was a passenger especially a child passenger in your car;

  • Whether the court feels you have accepted responsibility for your actions.

Will I be placed on probation if I'm convicted of an Ohio DUI charge?

 

Yes.  Probation in Ohio is known as Community Control.  When you're sentenced following a DUI conviction, you will be ordered to comply with a number of community control sanctions (probation conditions).  These typically include:

  • Obey all laws;

  • Report to the probation department as directed;

  • Notify your P.O. of any law enforcement contacts;

  • Notify your P.O. of any changes in residence or employment;

  • Pay all fines, fees, court costs and restitution;

  • Not leave Ohio without the permission of the court or your probation officer;

  • Complete drug / alcohol treatment and monitoring, including random drug testing;

  • Follow all the rules of your treatment program;

  • Abide by a curfew;

  • Maintain full time employment or education. 

I am licensed to drive in a state other than Ohio and I was arrested for a OVI / DUI in Ohio.  Will my driver license be suspended?

Ohio only has the authority to suspend your right to drive in the State of Ohio.  However, the State of Ohio and 44 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted an agreement known as the "Driver License Compact."  Ohio will report a OVI conviction to the home state of the driver (assuming the home state has also adopted the Compact).  Your home state will then generally take action to suspend your license.

This also works in reverse.  If you are convicted of DUI charge in another state and the BMV Registrar receives notice of the conviction from the other state, the BMV Registrar must impose a suspension (generally six months) of your driver’s license or right to drive in Ohio.  This suspension may be appealed, and limited driving privileges may be granted by the court in some circumstances. 

Will I have to install an Ignition Interlock Device on my car?

 

An ignition interlock device (IID) also known as an "immobilizing or disabling device" is a breath alcohol measurement device that is connected to a vehicle ignition system.  In order to start the motor vehicle, a driver must blow a breath sample into the device which then measures alcohol concentration.  If the alcohol concentration exceeds the startup set point on the interlock device, the motor vehicle will not start.

 

You may have to install an IID for a first DUI conviction.  You will have to install a second or greater conviction in the past six years. Talk to your lawyer about whether this requirement applies to your situation.

What will an Ohio OVI do to my insurability?

If your Ohio insurance company finds out about your OVI / DUI one of two things are likely to happen.  Either your insurer will raise your rates or you may be cancelled or non-renewed.  It is extremely important that you maintain liability insurance.  Remember that your Driver Abstract only reflects the prior three years of your driving record, so eventually your rates will decline.

I was involved in an accident / crash with my DUI arrest.  Must I file an accident report with the Ohio BMV?

Under Ohio law, the driver of any motor vehicle which is involved in a motor vehicle accident within six months of the accident may forward a written report of the accident to the Ohio BMV on a prescribed form alleging that a driver or owner of any other vehicle involved in the accident was uninsured at the time of the accident.  The BMV will then determine if the other party involved in the crash has insurance.  If the other driver does not have insurance, a suspension for 90 days or longer will be imposed.

Keep in mind that this report is different than the crash report that law enforcement prepare after investigating an accident.

How do I reinstate my Ohio driver's license?

Once you've served your OVI / DUI suspension, you must pay a reinstatement fee and show proof of insurance to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  ORC 4510.038.

How many points do I receive for an Ohio OVI conviction?

A conviction for an Ohio OVI results in six points against your license.  An OVUAC conviction results in four points against your license.  Reckless operation results in four points.  A conviction for driving under an OVI suspension results in six points as well.  A physical control conviction results in no points on your license.

I was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident along with my DUI / OVI.  Is this a serious charge?

Leaving the scene of an accident without fulfilling your obligations under ORC 4549.02 is a criminal offense.  This crime (commonly known as Hit-Skip or Hit and Run) is a misdemeanor unless someone is seriously harmed or killed.  If so, the offense is a felony. 

Your license will be suspended for at least six months for a conviction.  A conviction for a Hit-Skip will result in six points on your license.

I was charged with reckless operation as well as my DUI / OVI.  What does this charge involve?

The exact charge is referred to as "operation in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property."  ORC 4511.20.  This offense is either a minor misdemeanor or a fourth or third degree misdemeanor depending on your driving history.  A conviction results in four points on your license.  Also upon conviction, the court may impose a suspension of your license for a period ranging from six months to three years.

Are there any concerns for licensed pilots who get an Ohio OVI?

 

Yes.  The FAA has special reporting requirements for certain Motor Vehicle Actions including Ohio DUI / OVI convictions and certain administrative license suspensions.  Learn more here.

 

I was arrested at a OVI / DUI checkpoint.  Is that legal?

 

Until the courts say otherwise, OVI / DUI checkpoints are authorized in Ohio so long as the police give advance notice of the checkpoint.  One way to determine if a checkpoint is imminent is to do a Google news search.

 

What happens if I was on probation when I got arrested for my Ohio OVI / DUI offense?

Committing a new offense while you're on probation for a previous crime creates two problems.  First, you face the new Ohio OVI charge.  Second, you face a probation violation hearing for failing to obey all laws (a standard condition of probation).  The most serious scenario is when you receive a new Ohio OVI offense when you're already on probation for a previous DUI / OVI.  When this happens, its in your best interest to speak to an Ohio lawyer as soon as possible.

I'm not a United States citizen.  Will an Ohio OVI / DUI conviction result in my removal from this country?

Probably not.  Typical, first offense Ohio OVI's (no injuries) are not considered crimes of moral turpitude or aggravated felonies resulting in removal.  It is important to consult an experienced immigration lawyer about your situation just as you should consult with an experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer about your pending Ohio OVI / DUI charge. 

 

Keep two points in mind.  First, it is very important to answer honestly all questions about prior arrests / convictions on immigration and Visa applications and forms.  Lying on these forms is often considered more serious than any Ohio OVI conviction.  Second, non-citizens must take extra care not to drive on a suspended or revoked license.

 

What is the Ohio Habitual OVI Offender Registry?

 

If you have at least one OVI / OMWI conviction after September 30, 2008 and you have four or more prior OVI / OMWI (or equivalent) convictions in the past 20 years, you will be placed on the Ohio Habitual Offender Registry.  The Registry includes the name, address, and date of birth of offenders as well as their date of convictions.  The Registry is accessible to the public.  Offenders remain on the Registry until they no longer have five or more offenses within the past 20 years. 

 

In addition to OVI and OMWI convictions, the following "equivalent offenses" count as part of the five in 20 years:

 

Vehicular homicide (including aggravated vehicular homicide);

DUI - Drugs

DUI convictions in Municipal Courts;

Vehicular Assaults (including aggravated vehicular assaults);

Vehicular manslaughter;

Involuntary manslaughter with alcohol;

OVUAC;

Physical control offenses;

OVI refusal;

OVI with a CDL.

I missed my court appearance.  What do I do now?

Failing to appear (FTA) for court is to be avoided.  When you miss a court appearance, bad things follow.  At a minimum, the Ohio court typically issues a warrant for your arrest (sometimes known as a bench warrant).  Talk to an Ohio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  Often, your only option is to turn yourself in on the outstanding warrant.  A new court date will then be scheduled for you.

My suspension is nearly up.  How do I get my Ohio drivers license back?

Before getting your license reinstated, you generally must pay a reinstatement fee ($475) and provide proof of insurance to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Additional requirements may also apply.  Contact the BMV to determine your exact requirements.

Can I represent myself in court on my Ohio OVI and / or other criminal charge(s)?

Yes.  You have a constitutional right to represent yourself on any criminal charge no matter how serious including an Ohio OVI / DUI charge.  Keep in mind that Ohio OVI defense is a complex area of the law as shown by the information in this website.  If you cannot afford to hire your own lawyer, you definitely should apply for court appointed counsel to represent you.  You have no right to court appointed counsel at the implied consent / administrative suspension license proceeding.

Quick Answers to Random Ohio Drunk Driving Questions

Q.  Will an OVI charge keep me out out of Canada?
A.  Yes.  An OVI will bar you entry into Canada for 10 years if you are convicted of the offense.  Canada will also prohibit your entry if you have a pending OVI charge.

Q.  Can you drive after an OVI before your hearing?
A.  You can drive until your administrative suspension or your suspension for the conviction begins.  Always read your paperwork carefully.  Make sure you know exactly when any suspension begins.

Q.  Is there a difference between underage consumption and a DUI in Ohio?
A.  Yes.  It is unlawful in the State of Ohio for a person to consume or possess alcoholic beverages if they are under 21.  It is also unlawful for someone to operate a vehicle while under the influence.  However, these are different crimes.

Q.  Will a OVI conviction effect my ability to become an Ohio teacher?
A.  Generally no.  Refer to the Ohio Department of Education website for more information.

Q.  How much will my insurance increase after an OVI?
A.  There is no way to tell exactly.  Your insurance may not increase at al, you may be dropped all together, or you may face some type of rate increase.  The answer depends on a variety of factors including whether your insurance company actually learns of the OVI; your age; your history of claims (if any); your driving record; and other factors.

Q.  Do you have to be sentenced to lose your license from an Ohio DUI?
A.  No.  You can lose your license for failing or refusing a breath test.  This suspension is separate from the any suspension for a Ohio DUI conviction.  You also may face a suspension for a number of other reasons.  If you think you might be suspended for another reason, call the Ohio BMV.

Q.  Is a hit and run a felony in Ohio?
A.  In Ohio a hit and run is referred to as a hit and skip.  If someone is seriously injured or killed, a hit and skip offense is a felony in Ohio; otherwise it is a misdemeanor crime.

Q.  What happens if I don't pay my fine for my Ohio DUI?
A.  If you don't complete your probation obligations including paying your fines, you may face a probation violation hearing.  If the court finds that you're in willful violation, you can be sent to jail.

Q.  Will my prior OWI count as a prior OVI in Ohio?
A.  Yes.  Prior out of state offenses will count against you so long as the court / prosecuting attorney learns of any prior offense.

Q.  Can I get a DUI if I'm driving while high on drugs?
A.  Yes.  It is illegal in the State of Ohio to drive while you're under the influence of a drug of abuse.  This is the same DUI / OVI charge that you face if you're under the influence of alcohol.

Q.  Will I lose my social security benefits if I have a warrant for my arrest in Ohio?
A.  If you have a warrant for an outstanding felony criminal case you're not eligible to receive most social security benefits.  This does not apply to misdemeanor cases however.  Since most Ohio DUI's are misdemeanors, you should not lose your benefits even if you have a warrant on your Ohio DUI.

Q.  Is there anyway to avoid jail time on a second Ohio DUI?
A.  Obviously, if you beat the charge at trial you won't face any penalties.  Otherwise, jail time is nearly certain especially if this is your second DUI within the past six years.

Q.  Will a mental disorder get me out of my OVI charge?
A.  Generally not.  A mental disease or defect is not a defense to an Ohio OVI charge.  The court can take your mental health into account in sentencing however.

Q.  Can I appeal an Ohio DUI if I plead no contest?
A.  Generally not.  When you plead guilty or no contest you generally waive your right to appeal anything except an illegal sentence.

Q.  My DUI involved a collision.  Do I need to file an accident report?
A.  Ohio law requires the filing of a Crash Report for any collision where there is more than $400 in property damage or an injury.  The report is required regardless of which party is at fault or whether or not you're charged with a crime.

Q.  Can an Ohio judge suspend my out of state drivers license?
A.  No.  An Ohio judge can suspend your Ohio license and / or your right to drive in Ohio.  However, if you're convicted of an Ohio DUI your state's DMV will likely receive notice from the State of Ohio, and then they will suspend or revoke your right to drive in your home state.

Q.  I was arrested for a DUI in Ohio.  Do I have to disclose this with my citizenship application?
A.  Yes.  Don't omit any arrest, and do not lie.  Those things are much worse than getting a DUI.

Q.  I'm a physician.  Will an Ohio OVI cause me to lose my medical license?
A.  A DUI alone should be no threat to your license.  However, be sure to truthfully and completely disclose the arrest and disposition on your license application / renewal.  Too many licensed professionals make the mistake of omitting this information in hopes that the Board will not find it.  Failing to disclose is much worse than the DUI itself.  Also be sure to comply with any treatment requirements.  Don't have any positive UA's.

Copyright 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 by David N Lesh

 

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