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State Laws - Ohio

Situation Imprisonment License Suspension Refusing BAC Test from Police Fines Ignition Interlock Device Required
1st Offense 3 days to 6 months 6 months to 3 years 1 year license suspension $250 to $1,000 No
2nd Offense 10 days to 1 year 1 to 5 years 3 year license suspension $350 to $1,500 No
3rd Offense 10 days to 1 year 1 to 10 years 5 year license suspension $350 to $1,500 Yes
4th Offense 60 days to 1 year 3 years to permanent N/A/td> $800 to $10,000 Yes


Category Illegal When
Under 21 BAC of 0.02% or higher
21 or older BAC of 0.08% or higher
Commercial BAC of 0.04% or higher


* If one has been convicted for an OVI offense in Ohio, his/her license will be suspended for up to 1 year. One may be eligible to regain driving privileges if he/she installs a state approved ignition interlock device. In addition, they:

  • Will be required to serve jail time ranging from 3 days – 30 days (for 3rd and subsequent convictions).
  • May be subject to possible house arrest from 30 days to 1 year. This condition is only available for 1st and 2nd OVI convictions.
  • Will need to pay a fine in the amount ranging from $250 - $2,500 (for 3rd and subsequent convictions).
  • May be subject to impoundment of their vehicle ranging from 30 to 60 days. This only applies for 1st and 2nd OVI convictions.
  • May need to submit vehicle and criminal forfeiture. In addition, the courts may fine one by the value of the vehicle. This condition only applies to 3rd and subsequent OVI convictions.

NOTE: To acquire an ignition interlock device, one would require an Interlock License from BMV, proof of insurance, schedule an appointment with a probationary department as well as with a state approved ignition interlock provider for the installation of the device.

* Note the following information only applies for drivers over the age of 21.

For more information, please contact the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Disclaimer: While we try to keep information up to date and relevant on our website, we recognize that there are other factors that can affect the way laws will apply to individual cases. Always consult with your attorney, local courts, judges and district attorneys for all relevant legal information.


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