Need to Know What the Penalties are for a DUI or an OVI in Ohio?

Below, please find a chart with Ohio DUI and OVI sentences and penalties.

No. and Type of OffenseDegree of OffenseIncarcerationFines 
1st in 10 years [simple OVI, low test or drug]M-13 days jail or DIP. Up to
6 months. [If Δ given
unlimited privileges with IID, jail to be suspended]
$375 - $1,075
1st in 10 years
and either: [a] high test, or [b] refusal with
prior in 20 years
M-16 days jail or 3 days jail
and DIP. Up to 6 months. [If Δ given unlimited privileges with IID, jail to be suspended]*
$375 - $1,075
2nd in 10 years [simple OVI, low test or drug]M-110 days jail or
5 days jail and 18 days HAEM and/or CAM.* Up to 6 months.
$525 - $1,625
2nd in 10 years
and either: [a] high test, or [b] refusal with
prior in 20 years
M-120 days jail or
10 days jail and 36 days HAEM and/or CAM.* Up to 6 months.
$525 - $1,625
3rd in 10 years [simple OVI, low test or drug]Unclassified misdemeanor30 days jail or
15 days jail and 55 days HAEM and/or CAM.* Up to 1 year.
$850 - $2,750
3rd in 10 years
and either: [a] high test, or [b] refusal with
prior in 20 years
Unclassified
misdemeanor
60 days jail or
30 days jail and 110 days HAEM and/or CAM.* Up to 1 year.
$850 - $2,750

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Sawan & Sawan LLC has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on this page. It is important to note that the laws in Ohio can change and while we’ve made every effort to make sure all of the information here is up to date, there is the possibility that a law has changed or something on this page does not reflect the exact state of the law at all times in the future. It is always critical to consult with a qualified Ohio DUI attorney if you are facing any type of DUI or OVI charge in Ohio.

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