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Cincinnati Felony OVI Attorneys

Fighting for the Rights of OVI Offenders in Cincinnati, OH

At Bleile & Dawson, we have represented countless OVI offenders throughout Ohio. We understand the serious nature of an OVI conviction and the lasting consequences it can have on your life. Our Cincinnati felony OVI attorneys understand that you have important rights and we will fight to protect them.

If you have been arrested for felony OVI, then contact us today to discuss your case.

When is an OVI a Felony in Ohio?

Ohio law defines operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) as operating a vehicle while intoxicated, impaired, or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of them. The state further divides OVI into two categories: misdemeanor and felony OVI. The severity of the offense depends on the driver's prior offenses and the circumstances of the present offense, as well as the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC).

In Ohio, an OVI offense can become a felony under certain circumstances. The specific circumstances that can elevate an OVI to a felony in Ohio are outlined in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19.

Here are the general guidelines:

  • Fourth or subsequent offense: If an individual is convicted of a fourth or subsequent OVI offense within a 10-year period, it is considered a felony.

  • Prior felony OVI conviction: If an individual has a prior felony OVI conviction, any subsequent OVI offense will also be charged as a felony.

  • Certain aggravating factors: If certain aggravating factors are present during an OVI offense, it can be charged as a felony even for a first or second offense. These factors include causing serious physical harm or death to another person, having a prior conviction for a felony vehicular assault or homicide offense, or having a prior conviction for a specific alcohol-related driving offense.

Felony OVI Penalties in Ohio

A fourth OVI conviction within 10 year is a fourth-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment between 60 days and 30 months, license suspension for a minimum 3 years, and fine of up to $1,300. Getting convicted after having a prior felony OVI conviction carries the same penalties.

If an OVI involved serious injuries, this is commonly known as "aggravated vehicular assault," which is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If an OVI involved another person's death, this is known as "aggravated vehicular homicide," which is a second-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 8 years, lifetime license suspension, and a fine of up to $15,000.

Contact Our Felony OVI Attorneys

Our felony OVI attorneys have handled thousands of cases and have the experience necessary to help you. If you have been charged with felony OVI, then it is important that you speak to our firm immediately.

Call (513) 399-5945 or contact us online today to discuss your case.

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