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Columbus, Ohio Attorneys Protect You Against Drunk Driving Penalties

Multiple DUI convictions and what they mean for you

A drunk driving conviction is serious. There are many penalties involved, and both the legal system and society can be unsympathetic. When there are multiple offenses involved, the situation only becomes more serious, with harsher punishments and bigger disruptions to your life. At Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A., our attorneys work quickly and tirelessly to help mitigate or eliminate the penalties you face.

If your rights were not respected, proper procedures weren’t followed or the vehicle stop wasn’t justified, we can help you find the facts that can clear your name or convince the prosecution to reduce its charges. The penalties for multiple convictions can be harsh, so don’t risk being found guilty if we can build a case for you.

Second offense DUI penalties

If you’ve already dealt with a first-time OVI conviction, you’re familiar with the variety of penalties you face. Second offense penalties include:

  • Jail time: A minimum of 10 days and as many as six months in jail. An offender can also be sentenced to five days in jail plus a minimum of 18 days’ house arrest.
  • Administrative license suspension: A suspended license for one year to as many as five years
  • Reinstatement fee: $475
  • Vehicle immobilization and plate impoundment: 90 days
  • Possible driver intervention program
  • Mandatory DUI plates and possible interlock device

If you refuse a BAC test during an arrest for a second OVI, your administrative license suspension is an automatic two years.

Third offense DUI penalties

A third drunk driving charge carries even more stringent penalties, including the following:

  • Jail time: A minimum of 30 days and as much as one year in jail, or 15 days in jail plus a minimum 55 days’ house arrest
  • Court license suspension: Two to 10 years
  • Reinstatement Fee: $475
  • Vehicle immobilization and plates impoundment: 180 days
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment program at offender’s expense
  • Mandatory DUI plates and interlock device

Refusal of a BAC test for a potential third OVI results in an automatic three-year license suspension. In addition, if a driver with three drunk driving convictions is arrested a fourth time within six years, the charge is increased to a felony OVI. A felony offense is a very serious crime, resulting in more jail time, larger fines and possible vehicle forfeiture.

Count on an experienced Ohio attorney to defend you against a second or third DUI charge

Every drunk driving allegation is serious. Don’t let your rights be ignored — call Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. for legal representation. Call our office or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment with our attorneys at our downtown Columbus office. We understand the importance of timeliness in cases like these, so we are available for evening and weekend meetings as needed.

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