Many Ohioans find themselves charged with a driving under the influence offense for being behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A driving under the influence (DUI) offense, also often referred to as operating a vehicle while impaired or as an “OVI” in Ohio, is a serious criminal offense that can carry mandatory jail time, hefty fines, and a suspension of your driver’s license that can last for years.
An DUI/OVI conviction will also result in a criminal record, the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, an increase in your auto insurance premiums, and can cause you difficulties later in life when it comes to certain employment opportunities in the future. A DUI conviction has a significant and long-lasting impact on your life. That is why it is so critically important to fight your DUI charges with a strong defense. Let a skilled and experienced DUI attorney help you fight your charges.
The laws concerning legal limits are complicated in Ohio. For starters, under Ohio law there are many different ways to determine when a suspected intoxicated driver is over the legal limit. For instance:
But not only are there legal limits under Ohio law, there are also two tiers of legal limits — low tier and high tier — for alcohol testing. High tier test results mean harsher punishments. For instance, high tier alcohol test results include:
The law concerning DUI testing in Ohio can seem pretty confusing because there are a number of different test limits for alcohol and drug concentrations in the body. Furthermore, Ohio has a high tier of legal limits when it comes to alcohol testing, and if a driver produces a high tier test result, they will face steeper punishment under the law.
The legal limits for alcohol tests drop significantly for drivers who are under the age of 21 years old. For these drivers the legal limits include:
Your best chance for beating your DUI/OVI criminal charges is to work closely with an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney. The DUI criminal defense attorneys at The VanNoy Firm will know how to handle your DUI case.
A DUI conviction can have a serious impact on your life, including possible jail time, loss of your driver’s license, payment of hefty fines and increased car insurance premiums. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances and how we can help you.
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