Multiple DUI

If you have been previously convicted of a DUI / OVI you likely already know that enhanced penalties could lie ahead.  The penalties for subsequent OVI convictions are more severe across the board. It is of the utmost importance that you hire an experienced OVI/ DUI attorney when you have a prior conviction.

The penalties for multiple DUI / OVI offender are harsh – but it is important to remember that they are not a certainty. With the right attorney, many of the penalties outlined below can be minimized or avoided altogether. This is accomplished by prevailing at trial or obtaining a favorable plea that avoids mandatory penalties. 

Aggravating Factors

The penalties for multiple DUI’s may be compounded by these aggravating factors:

All of these possible consequences are reasons you need an experienced DUI attorney by your side. At Akamine Law, DUI defense is all we do.

Second DUI (within 10 years)

Mandatory jail penalties for a second DUI conviction in Ohio vary by degree of intoxication and whether there was a test refusal.

  • For a “low-level DUI” (BAC over .08% but less than .017%) you could be facing 10 days in jail or 5 days of jail and 18 days of house arrest with electronic ankle monitoring up to 6 months.
  • For a “high-level DUI” (BAC of .017% or higher) or refusal, the minimum jail time increases to 20 days or 10 days of jail and 36 days of house arrest with electronic ankle monitoring up to 6 months.

Each of these offense levels is accompanied with a fine of at least $525 up to $1,625.  A convicted offender must also complete an alcohol/drug assessment and complete any recommended treatment.

Special license plates may be required by the court if there was a low test or refusal. Special license plates are mandatory if convicted of a high test. An interlock device (IID**) installed in your vehicle is required if the conviction was alcohol-related.  Your vehicle must be immobilized at least 90 days if registered in your name at the time of the offense.

You are subject to a license suspension of at least 1 years to up to 7 years.  45 days must pass before driving privileges can be granted.

Click here for a full list of penalties.

Third DUI (within 10 years)

Mandatory jail penalties for a third DUI conviction in Ohio vary by degree of intoxication and whether there was a test refusal.

  • For a “low-level DUI” (BAC over .08% but less than .017%) you could be facing 30 days in jail or 15 days of jail and 55 days of house arrest with electronic ankle monitoring up to 1 year.
  • For a “high-level DUI” (BAC of .017% or higher) or refusal, the minimum jail time increases to 60 days in jail or 30 days of jail and 110 days of house arrest with electronic ankle monitoring up to 1 year.

Each of these offense levels is accompanied with a fine of at least $850 up to $2,750.  A convicted offender must also complete an alcohol/drug addiction program.

Special plates and an interlock device (IID**) installed in your vehicle are required if the conviction was alcohol-related.  Your vehicle will be forfeited if registered in your name at the time of the offense.

You are subject to a license suspension of at least 2 years to up to 12-years.  180 days must pass before driving privileges can be granted.

To see a list of all possible penalties, click here.

 

With potential consequences like these, you need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney by your side. Depending on the circumstances of your case we can determine the best defense in order obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges.

 

*DIP- Driver intervention program certified under RC 3793.10 provisions.
**IID- Ignition interlock device

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