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Ohio DUI Information

In Ohio, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders will face a license suspension ranging from six months to three years and fines ranging from $200.00 to $1,000.00.  The minimum jail time is three days or, at the court’s discretion, participation in a driver intervention program.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension for one year.

Ohio offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  This is an important step in preventing future offenses, which will result in much higher fines, penalties and possible incarceration.  Repeat offenders, on their 4th conviction, will face a maximum fine of $10,000.00 and felony penalties, including criminal forfeiture of his/her automobile and a license suspension for up to three years.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license suspension, possible referral to one or more court ordered treatment programs, fines and/or community service. Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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