SECOND OFFENSE WITHIN TEN YEARS

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All Ohio DUI/OVI charges have serious consequences, however, most drivers are not aware that even a first time offender faces mandatory jail time or in-patient treatment.  Unfortunately, Ohio judges do not have the discretion to go below the mandatory minimum sentences in an Ohio DUI/OVI case. 

MINIMUM PENALTIES FOR SECOND TIME DUI/OVI WITH LOW-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

In Ohio, if a defendant is found guilty of a DUI/OVI and has a prior DUI/OVI conviction in the past ten years, at the minimum, he or she will be sentenced to all of the following: (1) ten days in jail or five days in jail plus eighteen days on house arrest; (2) a $525 fine plus other financial sanctions; and (3) a one-year license suspension; and (4) a 90-day immobilization of the Defendant's vehicle if he was driving it at the time of the arrest.  

MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR SECOND TIME DUI/OVI WITH LOW-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

Just as the judge cannot deviate below the minimum penalties for a second Ohio DUI/OVI, the judge also has maximum penalties that she cannot exceed.  The maximum penalties are as follows: (1) six months in jail; (2) a $1625 fine plus other financial sanctions; (3) a seven-year license suspension; (4) reporting probation with court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment for up to five years; (5) Special Ohio DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (5) a 90-day immobilization of the Defendant's vehicle if he was driving it at the time of the arrest.  

MINIMUM PENALTIES FOR SECOND TIME DUI/OVI WITH HIGH-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

If a defendant is found guilty of a second DUI/OVI in an Ohio court, at the minimum, he or she will be sentenced to all of the following: (1) twenty days in jail or ten days in jail plus thirty six days on house arrest; (2) a $525 fine plus other financial sanctions; and (3) a one-year license suspension; (4) probation with mandatory drug and alcohol treatment; (5)   

MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR SECOND TIME DUI/OVI WITH HIGH-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

The maximum penalties for a "high tier" second offense are as follows: (1) six months in jail; (2) a $1625 fine plus other financial sanctions; (3) a seven-year license suspension; (4) reporting probation with mandatory court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment for up to five years; (5) Special Ohio DUI / OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (6) a 90-day immobilization of the Defendant's vehicle if he was driving it at the time of the arrest.  

THIRD OFFENSE WITHIN TEN YEARS

All Ohio DUI/OVI charges have serious consequences, however, most drivers are not aware that even a first time offender faces mandatory jail time or in-patient treatment.  Unfortunately, Ohio judges do not have the discretion to go below the mandatory minimum sentences in an Ohio DUI/OVI case. 

MINIMUM PENALTIES FOR THIRD TIME DUI/OVI WITH LOW-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

In Ohio, if a defendant is found guilty of a DUI/OVI and has two prior DUI/OVI convictions in the past ten years, at the minimum, he or she will be sentenced to all of the following: (1) thirty days in jail or fifteen days in jail plus fifty-five days on house arrest; (2) an $850 fine plus other financial sanctions; and (3) a two-year license suspension; (4) probation with mandatory drug and alcohol treatment; (5) mandatory special DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (6) forfeiture of the Defendant's vehicle if it is owned by him and he was driving it at the time of the offense. 

MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR THIRD TIME DUI/OVI WITH LOW-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

Just as the judge cannot deviate below the minimum penalties for a third Ohio DUI/OVI, the judge also has maximum penalties that she cannot exceed.  The maximum penalties are as follows: (1) one year in jail; (2) a $2750 fine plus other financial sanctions; (3) a twelve-year license suspension; (4) probation with mandatory drug and alcohol treatment; probation with court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment; (5) mandatory special Ohio DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (5) forfeiture of the Defendant's vehicle if it is owned by him and he was driving it at the time of the offense.

MINIMUM PENALTIES FOR THIRD TIME DUI/OVI WITH HIGH-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

In Ohio, if a defendant is found guilty of a "high tier" DUI/OVI and has two prior DUI/OVI convictions in the past ten years, at the minimum, he or she will be sentenced to all of the following: (1) sixty days in jail or thirty days in jail plus 110 days on house arrest; (2) an $850 fine plus other financial sanctions; and (3) a two-year license suspension; (4) probation with mandatory drug and alcohol treatment; (5) mandatory special DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (6) forfeiture of the Defendant's vehicle if it is owned by him and he was driving it at the time of the offense. 

MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR THIRD TIME DUI/OVI WITH HIGH-TIER CHEMICAL TEST

The maximum penalties for a "high tier" third DUI/OVI are as follows: (1) one year in jail; (2) a $2750 fine plus other financial sanctions; (3) a twelve-year license suspension; (4) probation with mandatory drug and alcohol treatment; probation with court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment; (5) mandatory special Ohio DUI/OVI license plates and ignition interlock; (5) forfeiture of the Defendant's vehicle if it is owned by him and he was driving it at the time of the offense.