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What Is a Super DUI in Ohio?

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense across the United States, including Ohio. However, certain circumstances elevate a standard DUI to what is commonly referred to as a “Super DUI.” This designation is critical to comprehend, particularly under Ohio law, as it carries significantly harsher penalties and long-term consequences. The VanNoy Firm is here to help you understand the laws surrounding Super DUI in Ohio and what the potential penalties may mean for your situation. 

The Legal Classification of a Super DUI in Ohio

A “Super DUI” is a term widely used to describe DUI offenses that involve aggravating factors. In Ohio, a Super DUI typically refers to instances where the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) greatly exceeds the legal limit. While the legal BAC limit is 0.08%, a Super DUI may involve BAC levels at or above 0.170 for breath tests or 0.238 for urine samples. These elevated BAC levels indicate a severe violation, warranting stricter penalties compared to standard DUI charges.

Possible Penalties of a Super DUI

The primary difference between a regular DUI and a Super DUI lies in the BAC level at the time of the arrest. The heightened BAC threshold indicative of a Super DUI brings about more severe legal penalties. Some of these include:

  • Increased Fines: Fines for Super DUI convictions far exceed those for standard DUI offenses, potentially running into thousands of dollars.
  • License Suspension or Revocation: Conviction can lead to prolonged suspension or even permanent revocation, significantly affecting one’s mobility.
  • Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Programs: Offenders may be required to undergo alcohol treatment or counseling to address substance abuse issues.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: Installation of this device may become mandatory, serving both as a penalty and a preventive measure against future offenses.
  • Probation: Convicted individuals might face probation, imposing strict compliance with court-determined conditions.
  • Jail or Prison Sentences: The severity of the Super DUI can lead to considerable incarceration, especially for repeat offenders or those causing injury or death.
  • Permanent Criminal Record: A Super DUI conviction becomes part of one’s permanent criminal record, adversely affecting various aspects of life, including employment opportunities.
  • Increased Insurance Rates: Insurers often increase premiums for those convicted, reflecting the heightened risk profile associated with DUI offenses.

Circumstances Leading to a Super DUI Charge

Several factors can escalate a DUI charge to a Super DUI, primarily revolving around the BAC level. Repeat offenses, causing injury or death while driving under the influence and refusal to comply with field sobriety tests can also contribute to receiving this designation. It’s crucial to recognize that any DUI charge, particularly a Super DUI, is a matter of serious legal concern, necessitating professional legal assistance.

The Importance of Legal Assistance

Facing a Super DUI charge in Ohio is serious and demands skilled legal help. At The VanNoy Firm, our criminal defense attorneys excel in DUI law, providing aggressive, tailored legal support. We understand how a Super DUI can affect your life and offer the strong defense needed to safeguard your rights and future. Contact our firm today for a consultation.

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