We Seek Favorable Outcomes For Repeat DUI/OVI Offenders

Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, called an OVI, is a serious offense in Ohio that increases in severity with each consecutive conviction. Depending on the number of OVI convictions in a certain period of time, an individual could face felony charges that could lead to the loss of driving privileges, steep fines and considerable time in jail.

At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, in Columbus, Ohio, we understand the fear that comes with even a single DUI/OVI offense because we've handled numerous drunk driving cases over the years. Our lawyer knows what's at stake for drivers who are charged with a second or multiple OVIs, and she wants to help drivers get the best possible outcome in their case.

We understand how important your driving privileges and your future are to you, which is why we will fight to minimize the consequences of a pending OVI charge.

When Does A DUI/OVI Become A Felony?

Under Ohio law, a misdemeanor OVI escalates to a felony depending on the number of OVI convictions on your record within a specific period of time. The types of offenses are as follows:

  • Fourth or fifth OVI in 10 years with low test – Fourth degree felony
  • Sixth OVI in 20 years with low test– Fourth degree felony
  • Fourth or fifth OVI in 10 years with high test or refusal – Fourth degree felony
  • Sixth OVI in 20 years with high test or refusal – Fourth degree felony

Per Se With High Test And Blood Draws

Multiple DUI/OVI offenses are not the only way for a drunk driving charge to escalate in Ohio. If an officer suspects you are intoxicated behind the wheel, he or she may ask you submit to a breath test.

If the results are .17 or higher, you may be charged with an OVI per se high test, which carries its own mandatory minimum penalties. These penalties can include the suspension of your license for one year, yellow plates, fines and a minimum of six days in jail, or three days in jail and three days in a driver's intervention program.

You may face additional legal issues in the form of blood draws. Depending on how many OVI offenses you have on your record, police may be able to get a warrant for a blood draw. If your OVI charge places you at a felony level, it is standard practice for police to secure a warrant for a blood draw.

Whether this is you first offense or fourth, you cannot refuse a blood draw. If you do, you could face additional charges for refusing the test.

Talk To Our Firm We Can Help

At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, we understand the full impact a DUI/OVI charge can have, especially if the law considers you a repeat offender. We will take the time to review your case, determine the facts, weight your options and help you choose the course of action that results in the most favorable outcome for you.

If you would like to speak with attorney Marianne Sharp Bernardo about your case, schedule a free initial consultation today. Call our Columbus office at 614-429-4468 or contact us online to get started.