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Definition - What does OMVI mean?

OMVI or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, impaired, or intoxicated was a common term used in Ohio before January 2005, but Ohio law now refers to drunken driving as OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated).

Drivers may be arrested in Ohio for OVI if they operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated with alcohol or drugs or a combination of the two and their mental and physical abilities are impaired. Drivers may also be arrested for OVI if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher. This type of offense is termed a per se offense and a driver may be arrested regardless of whether or not their physical or mental abilities to operate a motor vehicle are impaired.

The state of Ohio considers OVI a very serious offense including 3 days to 6 months in jail, mandatory attendance in a driver intervention program, license suspension for 6 months to 3 years, license reinstatement fee and additional fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. OVI penalties become more severe for drivers who are arrested for multiple OVI offenses.

Related Links

  • Blood Alcohol Calculator -- brief description of the BAC calculator as defined by www.duiattorneyhome.com. This page also has a useful link to an online calculator.
  • drunk driving -- Drunk driving which is also frequently referred to as DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while intoxicated), OWI (operating while impaired), or OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) is the act of operating any type of motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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