What Are the Penalties of OVI Charges in Cleveland?

Arrested on an OVI Charge? Our Cleveland OVI Defense Lawyer Can Help You

Driving under the influence in Cleveland, Ohio is a serious criminal offense. If you have been arrested on an OVI, read on to find out more about the Ohio OVI penalties that could apply to you.

  • First Offense
    • Degree of offense: misdemeanor 1
    • 3 days in jail or DIP (driver intervention program) for up to 6 months
    • Fines anywhere from $250 to $1,000
    • Alcohol/drug abuse treatment optional based on judge’s ruling
    • License suspension Class 5: 6 months to 3 years
    • Driving privileges granted 15 days after arrest
  • Second Offense
    • Degree of offense: misdemeanor 1
    • 10 days jail time or 3 days jail and 3 days DIP for up to 6 months
    • Fines anywhere from $350 to $1,500
    • Alcohol/drug abuse assessment and recommended treatment mandatory
    • License suspension Class 4: 1 to 5 years
    • Driving privileges granted 75 days after arrest
    • Restricted plates optional, interlock optional at owner’s expense
    • 90 days vehicle immobilization if registered to offender
  • Third Offense
    • Degree of offense: unclassified misdemeanor
    • 30 days jail time or 15 days jail and 55 days HAEM(house arrest with electronic monitoring) and/or CAM (continuous alcohol monitoring)
    • Fines anywhere from $350 to $1,500
    • License Suspension class 3: 2 to 10 years
    • Driving privileges granted after 1 year
    • Restricted plates optional, interlock required at owner’s expense
    • Vehicle forfeiture if registered to offender
  • Fourth Through Sixth Offense
    • Degree of offense: Felony 4
    • Up to 120 days in jail or 120 days in prison with an optional additional 6 to 30 months
    • Fines from $800 to $10,000
    • Alcohol/drug abuse treatment mandatory
    • License suspension class 2: 3 years
    • Restricted plates optional, interlock required at owner’s expense

If you’ve been charged with an OVI (DUI) you need an experienced, skilled OVI Lawyer who can help you get the best outcome for your circumstances. Our Cleveland OVI defense attorneys have been awarded top 100 DUI attorney by the National Advocacy for OVI/DUI Defense, and are certified in OVI detections and standardized field sobriety testing so you can feel confident that you’ve got a qualified lawyer fighting for you.

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