Being charged with a traffic crime can mean large fines, an increase in your insurance premiums, and points against your driver’s license. The more serious the traffic offense, the more serious the penalty, with things like potential jail time and license revocation becoming possibilities. Such is the case with an operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI/DUI) charge in Dayton, Ohio. If a person is convicted of an OVI offense, they can expect to be penalized harshly under Ohio law. At The VanNoy Firm, our Dayton DUI attorneys can help you to build your DUI defense.
It is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as found in Ohio Laws and Rules Section 4511.19. Typically, “under the influence” is determined by a person having a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or greater. However, a person can still be arrested for a DUI even if an officer does not have BAC results, or if they are impaired from drugs (including prescription drugs) rather than alcohol. A minor who has any alcohol in their system (.02 percent) can also be convicted of an OVI, as can a commercial vehicle driver with a BAC of .04 percent or greater.
If a person is convicted of an OVI/DUI charge in Ohio, the penalties are dependent upon a number of factors, including things such as:
With the above in mind, a first offense OVI is punished by an incarceration period of at least three days and up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, and a license suspension of at least six months.
Understanding your rights after you have been arrested and charged with a DUI is important, and one of the rights that you should be most cognizant of is the right to call a Dayton criminal defense attorney.
When you contact The VanNoy Firm, we will work hard to assess the evidence against you and how it was obtained, review your legal options, and negotiate with the prosecution. Our goal is to minimize the most severe consequences of your DUI charge.
To schedule a free consultation, call our lawyers today at 937-952-5043, or send us a brief message today.
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