OVI / DUI –Second Offense Penalties in Ohio

A second offense DUI (OVI) conviction carries tough penalties in Ohio, including a mandatory jail term, a longer driver’s license suspension and extensive fines and fees.

The potential penalties for a second DUI offense conviction in Ohio are listed in the table below. 

Penalties for a Second OVI / DUI Conviction in Ohio

 2nd Offense in 10 years + BAC Below 0.172nd Offense in 10 years + BAC of 0.17 or Higher2nd Offense in 10 years + Prior Refusal in Last 20 Years
Mandatory Minimum Jail Time10 days in jail or
5 days in jail and 18 days house arrest and/or continuous alcohol monitoring (if court issues finding that jail space is lacking)
20 days in jail or
10 days and 36 days house arrest and/or continuous alcohol monitoring (if court finds jail space is lacking)
20 days or
10 days + 36 days house arrest and/or continuous alcohol monitoring (if court finds jail space is lacking)
Maximum Jail Time6 months6 months6 months
Minimum Fine$525$525$525
Maximum Fine$1,625$1,625$1,625
Alcohol/Drug Assessment and Recommended TreatmentMandatoryMandatoryMandatory
Minimum Driver's License Suspension1 year (driving privileges available after 45 days)1 year (driving privileges available after 45 days)1 year (driving privileges available after 45 days)
Maximum Driver's License Suspension7 years (driving privileges available after 45 days)7 years (driving privileges available after 45 days)7 years (driving privileges available after 45 days)
Ignition Interlock*Required if alcohol-relatedRequired if alcohol-relatedRequired if alcohol-related
Yellow "Party" PlatesDiscretionary - Up to the JudgeRequiredRequired
Vehicle Immobilization (if registered to defendant)90 days90 days90 days

*An ignition interlock device is a device on your vehicle that will test your breath each time you try to start the vehicle.  If it detects alcohol, it would allow the vehicle to start.

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Second DUI / OVI Arrest

As noted above, a second OVI conviction in Ohio can have severe consequences.  Talking with an Ohio DUI defense attorney is highly recommended to fight the charge.

There are a number of potential defenses to OVI charges that our attorneys would examine.  For example, we may be able to challenge the officer’s probable cause to make the OVI stop, or whether he properly administered the field sobriety tests.   We can also examine the accuracy of the breath test and whether the proper protocols were followed in administering that test as well.

Even if the state has strong evidence against you, an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal on your second OVI charge that could keep you from serving the mandatory 10 days in jail and/or ending up with a years-long suspended license and heavy fines.

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