Ohio third OVI for drunk drivingDrivers can be arrested in Ohio if they are operating a motorized vehicle on any highway or public or private property which is used for public travel. Drivers who are operating their motorized vehicle have given their implied consent to submit to a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine if they have been arrested for OVI.
Administration Penalties after the third OVI arrest in OhioIf you have been arrested for a third OVI you may face two separate penalties. Under Ohio's implied consent law, your Ohio license could be suspended through an administrative process by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. If you have failed the blood alcohol content test for the third time with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08% or higher you will have your license suspended for two years. If you refused the blood alcohol concentration test you are facing a three year license suspension. Drivers may have the right to request a work permit or restricted license after 180 days for a test failure and one year for a test refusal. Keep in mind these penalties are separate from DUI penalties you could face if you are convicted of a third OVI in Ohio.
Criminal Penalties after the third OVI arrest in OhioThe good news is that if you are convicted of a third DUI within the past six years this is considered a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, the OVI penalties are still severe. If you are convicted of a third OVI you will face the following OVI penalties:
- Fines ranging from $850 to $2,750
- A license suspension from 2 to 10 years (the suspension time can be at the judges discretion)
- Required to purchase specialty plates
- Required to wear a SCRAM bracelet
- Minimum of 60 days in jail if you refused the BAC test
- Minimum 30 days in jail if your BAC was under 0.17%