Every state has problems with individuals who drink to excess, then make the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive. As a result, accidents and deaths occur at an alarming rate. Currently, when stopped for DUI, if the driver’s blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of .08%, his or her driver’s license is automatically suspended on the spot. And depending on whether it is his or her first or subsequent offense, the suspension could last anywhere from 90 days to five years. Once convicted, the court may also impose sentences on the offender, such as a fine ranging from $250 to $10,000 and possible jail time.
To combat the ongoing problem of drunk driving, Ohio just passed a new law designed to encourage first time offenders to permit the installation of an ignition interlock in their vehicles by allowing them to keep their unlimited driving privileges. The caveat is that they must voluntarily install the interlock and place a special license plate on their vehicle. Prior DUI laws did not require the ignition lock for a first offense. However, for a second offense, the ignition lock is mandatory along with the special license plate. These special license plates are yellow with red lettering that operate as a “stigma” and a warning to other motorists who are on the road.
This new house bill expands the use of ignition interlocks and will allow judges to reduce DUI offenders’ suspension periods by 50 percent once they are convicted. Any convicted individual caught driving a vehicle without the interlock would not only have his or her suspension time doubled, but he or she may be required to wear a device that would provide a continuous reading of the blood alcohol of the individual. This new law will also require that the ignition interlock device be equipped with a camera by 2020.
As DUI laws continue to expand and become more invasive into the personal lives of the individual, it is best to know what the laws are, how they will affect you, and what you need to do if you are facing a DUI charge.
If charged with any crime, do you know your rights? It is important that anyone accused of any type of crime, get quality representation on their side, prior to any interrogation process, starting with their arrest. You will need experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel from an experienced DUI attorney working for you as soon as possible. If you are facing criminal charges in Dayton, please contact the VanNoy Law Firm online or give us a call at 937-952-5043.
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