Category Archives: DUI Penalties

Links to a constantly updating penalty chart detailing possible penalties for OVI in Ohio.

Is It A Crime To Refuse To Take A Breath Test?

Is it a crime to refuse to take a breath test? Ohio has adopted O.R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) which makes it a crime to refuse to take an evidentiary chemical test if you have a prior OVI (drunk driving)  or OVUAC (juvenile/underage drunk driving) conviction any time within the last twenty (20) years.  If you refuse and…
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Ohio DUI Law R.C 4511.19(A)(2) “a codified dilema”

Ohio DUI law R.C. 4511.19(A)(2) enhances the penalty for a motorist who, having been convicted once in the last six (6) years, after having been arrested, refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test.  In State v. Hoover,173 Ohio App.3d 487, 2007-Ohio-5773, the issue of whether or not a person can have a DUI sentence…
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How Will A DUI Affect My Insurance Costs?

“How will a DUI affect my insurance costs?”  This is one of the most common questions we get at initial client conferences.  I have grown frustrated in trying to give a short answer that sufficiently covers the nuances of the situation, so - here is my long-winded multi-part answer. How Will A DUI Affect My…
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New DUI Punishment Coming To Ohio

The Ohio legislature is considering H.B. 469 (Annie's Law) which would bring a harsh new DUI punishment to the State. Currently, ignition interlock devices are used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, states vary widely in how the ignition interlock devices are used and which drivers are required to install them. In West…
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Ignition Interlock Devices For Everyone – We Warned You!

H.B. 469 (Annie's Law) presented at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday will require an ignition interlock device  be installed on the vehicle of all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders.  Ohio law currently prescribes "blow to go" devices for repeat drunk driving offenders, but not on a first offense.  We have longed warned (previous story HERE)…
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