An OVI Is a Life Changer, Even for First-Time Offenders
When it comes to an OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs), you don’t get a free pass on your first offense. Even first-time offenders face serious consequences. First, there are the social and professional repercussions. Friends, family, coworkers and your employer are likely to be disappointed by your behavior. You may even have difficulty obtaining future employment. After all, you will have a criminal record. And if all of that isn’t bad enough, you face the following legal punishments in Ohio:
- Jail — For your first drunk driving conviction, you must serve at least three days and up to six months in jail. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.17 percent or higher, you must serve at least six days in jail.
- Fines — Depending on the circumstances, you must pay $250 to $1,000 in fines.
- License suspension — You face a license suspension of six months to three years.
If you are older than 21, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. The BAC threshold for drivers younger than 21 is only 0.02 percent, and for commercial drivers the limit is 0.04 percent. The moment you are arrested for OVI, contact an experienced defense lawyer. You may be able to fight the charges, stay out of jail and keep your driving privileges.