May 11, 2007, Newsletter Issue #63: Penalties Mandated in the State of Ohio DUI Laws

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The following are the penalties as mandated by the State of Ohio DUI laws. There are separate stages involved for repeat offenses:

1st Offense:
Administrative License Suspension (ALS) for a prohibited BAC
ALS for test refusal = one year license suspension
Jail - Minimum of three consecutive days or 3-day driver intervention program
Fine - Minimum $200 and not more than $1,000
Court License Suspension - 6 months to 3 years

2nd Offense:
ALS for one year for a prohibited BAC
ALS for test refusal = two year license suspension
Jail - Minimum of 10 consecutive days or five days jail + minimum 18 consecutive days or
Electronically monitored house arrest combined, not to exceed 6 months
Fine - Minimum $300 and not more than $1,500
Discretionary driver's intervention program
Vehicle immobilization and plates impounded for 90 days
Court License Suspension - 1 year to 5 years

These are just after two offenses. The penalties get greater the more offenses you have. As you can see, the penalties in State of Ohio DUI laws are severe, so be careful when choosing to drive and when to pass the keys to someone else.

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