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A closer look at Ohio’s repeat OVI offender penalties

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a serious offense in Ohio, and even first-time offenders can face steep penalties that might include hefty fines, stints in jail or mandatory substance abuse treatment obligations, among others.

If you are facing your second or subsequent Ohio OVI charge, however, the penalties you face typically grow in severity. You run the risk of even higher fines and even longer time spent in confinement, among related repercussions. The types of penalties depend on the repeat OVI offense.

Penalties for Ohio’s second-time OVI offenders

If you already have an Ohio OVI conviction on your record, and you receive another conviction within the same 10-year period, you can expect to face harsh consequences. In addition to having to spend either 10 days in jail or five days in jail plus 18 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring or continuous alcohol monitoring, you will face fines that fall somewhere between $525 and $1,625.

You can also plan on having to attend substance abuse treatment and losing your license for somewhere between one and seven years, among other potential penalties. If you refuse to submit to a breath test, or if your Breathalyzer reading is especially high, you will typically face additional repercussions for a second OVI.

Penalties for Ohio’s third-time OVI offenders

If you receive a conviction for a third OVI within the same 10-year period, you will have to log either 30 days in jail or 15 days in jail plus 55 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring or continuous alcohol monitoring. Furthermore, you can plan on shelling out somewhere between $850 and $2,750 in fines, enrolling in a substance abuse treatment program and losing your license for between two and 10 years, among related penalties. As is the case with second-time OVI convictions, people who refuse breath tests or produce particularly high breath-test readings may face additional penalties.

Ohio’s penalties for its OVI offenders are considerable, and they become increasingly harsh with each subsequent conviction. This is why a strong legal defense is imperative to your future.

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