An OVI/DUI is a very serious charge and there are many different situations and penalties. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Gump & Deal is skilled in Ohio law governing OVI/DUI and has courthouse experience in acting on behalf of drunken driving defendants. DUI under Ohio law is referred to as OVI (“Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated or Impaired”). Under any name, a conviction or even an arrest can affect your life and profession for years.
Ohio drunken driving laws are among the toughest in the country and they have been since the early 1990s. This is a reason people choose to have legal representation when accused of the crime. The consequences you face depend on the circumstances of your DUI/OVI arrest. At Gump & Deal, our OVI/DUI attorneys in Montgomery County can defend clients facing any level of charges and penalties.
You will lose your license if you are convicted of OVI in Ohio. Period. How long your license is revoked depends upon the severity of the details of your arrest. You will lose it immediately if you refuse to take a sobriety test or if the breathalyzer result is higher than the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol level (BAC). Authorities can also take your license plates and they may seize or disable your vehicle.
Because the penalties are so serious, an OVI lawyer is important.
First-time offenders face at least three days in jail, or a three-day alcohol abuse program. The fine can be as much as $1075.
The penalties get worse if it is not your first arrest, up to as much as a month in jail and a $10,000 fine for a 4th conviction. Plus you would be required to surrender the car you drive to the authorities. Some 4th offenders lose their licenses permanently.
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