If You Have Been Arrested for Drunk Driving …
Being arrested for drunk driving can be a difficult experience. People often worry about the consequences they face, including the loss of their driving privileges, loss of employment, the possibility of mandatory jail time and hefty, mandatory fines and court fees. They wonder how the arrest may affect their family and their future.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, the best way to fight worry is to talk with a DUI/OVI defense lawyer about your options. Contact the Cincinnati, Ohio, law office of attorney Matthew Ernst by calling 513-548-5544 or sending us an e-mail. Initial consultations are free and confidential, and we also offer convenient payment options like plans and accepting credit cards.
The Penalties of a Drunk Driving Conviction
The penalties for driving while intoxicated in Ohio are strict, and they only get stricter if you have an additional conviction. For example:
- Your first offense: The first time you are convicted of DUI, you face mandatory incarceration of three to six days in jail or alcohol program. You also face hefty mandatory fines, participation in a driver’s intervention program and mandatory license suspensions. Yellow restricted plates are mandatory on some first offenses.
- Your second offense: If you are convicted of a second DUI within six years, you face jail time of ten or twenty days, mandatory immobilization of you vehicle, mandatory yellow plates on your vehicle and a mandatory ignition interlock device. The mandatory fines increase for the second conviction in six years as well.
- Your third offense: If you are convicted of a third DUI in six years, you automatically forfeit your vehicle. You also face mandatory jail time from 30-60 days, mandatory increased fines, mandatory attendance in an alcohol treatment program and license suspension of up to 10 years. No limited privileges can be granted for six months and then limited privileges can only be granted with the ignition interlock and yellow restricted plates.
Technological progress has changed the way that Ohio treats drunk drivers. Convicted drivers may be required to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, called Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor or SCRAM. This device can be mandated by judges for use with repeat offenders, constantly monitoring your alcohol content to make sure that you are not drinking. If a judge will order it, SCRAM may be a good alternative to jail time in some situations.