OVI stands for operating a vehicle while intoxicated by beer, wine, liquor, or any of the drugs classified as Schedule I or Schedule II by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Those drugs include marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine/crack, heroin, and prescription painkillers known as opiates and opioids.
Failing to pay any criminal or traffic fine in Ohio will likely cost you your driver’s license. Unpaid court costs and restitution can also prove problematic.
In all instances when a court accuses you of not paying fines or fees, you have the right to a hearing and the right to be represented by a Columbus, OH, criminal defense attorney. Exercising these rights is important because not responding to a notice of delinquent fines can make you subject to arrest and imprisonment for failing to appear. Continue reading
A full breakdown of the penalties people can face in Ohio for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs appears on this Maher Law Firm webpage. Consequences can include.
- Jail or house arrest while wearing an alcohol-detecting tracking bracelet
- Driver’s license suspension for at least six months
- Complete loss of driving privileges for at least 15 days
- Criminal fines that start at $375 for a first offense
- Safe driving courses that cost several hundred dollars and take days to complete while often staying at a hotel
- Mandatory addiction treatment
- Use of specially designed and uniquely colored DUI offender license plates
- Use of an ignition interlock device that is also known as a car breathalyzer
- Vehicle immobilization by booting or impoundment
- Vehicle surrender