Category Archives: DUI Penalties

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

Should I Blow? Now You Know!

When you are stopped on suspicion of OVI the question becomes - "Should I Blow?"  Unfortunately, the answer is "maybe" and involves a very complicated investigation of the facts of your case and your personal history.  You should NEVER refuse the test without understanding how a refusal would affect YOU.  No attorney can know all…
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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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