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“I was employed at a state corrections facility. When I got charged with Felonious Assault and Kidnapping, my job put me on unpaid leave. Greg Robey fought hard for me and the State agreed to dismiss all the felony charges against me. I am now back on the job because of the hard work of Mr. Robey.” -T.J., Cleveland, Ohio

DUI Penalties Are Serious in Ohio

Police in Ohio refer to drunk driving as operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). In some cases, individuals arrested for OVI may be able to plead to a less serious "wet reckless" offense instead. Whether you are facing your first OVI conviction or your third, you should consult with a skilled attorney. In Ohio, the penalties for driving under the influence are serious:

  • First offense — For your first offense you face a minimum of three days in jail and maximum of six months or a driver intervention program for three days. Your license is suspended from three to six months and you face between $250 and $1,000 in fines.
  • Second offense — Second-time offenders face at least 10 days in jail and 18 days to six months of electronic home monitoring. The fine increases to $350 to $1,500 and your license may be suspended for between one and five years.
  • Third offense — If you receive a third OVI conviction, you may be sent to jail for 30 days to one year. In addition, you face a license suspension of one to 10 years and up to $1,500 in fines. The law also requires that you attend a mandatory alcohol treatment program.

To reinstate your license in Ohio, you must pay $450. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to prevent the loss of your license in the first place. With the help of a skilled DUI defense lawyer, you may be able to have the charge against you dismissed.

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