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Being charged with an DUI or OVI carries serious penalties. Contact our Columbus DUI lawyer today, who has 20 years of experience as a Columbus DUI Lawyer.
If you take an alcohol test and you over the limit, or if you refuse to take a test, the officer will take your license on the spot and place you under an Administrative License Suspension (A.L.S.). An Administrative License Suspension is a BMV suspension of your driver’s license that can be imposed before any court intervenes. Here are some more details concerning A.L.S.
The DUI Penalties for conviction are a fine of $375 up to $1075 plus court costs. 72 consecutive hours in jail or a driver’s intervention program is the minimum you can expect. Your license will be suspended for at least 6 months. You may be allowed limited privileges after the “hard time” waiting period of 15 days.
For the second OVI offense OVI Penalties are a minimum of 10 consecutive days in jail. You will also be fined at least $525 plus court costs. Driving with a restricted red and yellow “family” license plate for 1-5 years. Once you have a yellow restricted license plate, Police and others take note. If you were driving your registered vehicle at the time of the offense, it will be immobilized for 90 days.
Should you be found guilty of a 3rd DUI charge, DUI Penalties are at least 30 consecutive days in jail. You will also be fined at least $850 plus court costs. Minimum of 30 consecutive days in jail. You will receive a restricted license plate. If you were driving your vehicle at the time of the offense, it will be forfeited.
A fourth or fifth offense in six years, or a sixth offense in twenty years, constitutes a felony DUI. If you are charged with a felony DUI, you need to contact a DUI lawyer immediately. Felony OVI/DUI offenses carry mandatory jail time and license suspensions for at least three years.
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