Answer: A first offense OVI conviction in Ohio does carry a mandatory minimum three-day jail sentence. (ORC 4511.19 and Columbus 2133.01). For a first offense “high test” OVI conviction (over a .17 BAC), there is a six-day mandatory minimum jail sentence.
However, Ohio OVI law allows for first time offenders to avoid spending time in the county jail by attending an approved 3-day driver intervention program (DIP) in lieu of jail. For a “high test” conviction, the DIP program would cover three days of the six-day mandatory sentence.
If you file for and the judge grants a request for unlimited driving privileges with an ignition interlock device, any court-ordered jail time is suspended. However, if you violate the terms of the unlimited privileges, the entire suspended jail term must be served.