Ohio State Laws and IID Requirements
Operating a vehicle under the influence, or OVI, is Ohio’s preferred legal terminology for drunk driving or alcohol-based driving offenses. Offenders who violate state laws around drunk driving will be hit with several penalties. The penalties include driver’s license suspension, though some drivers may be able to get back on the road if they comply with Ohio’s ignition interlock policy.
What are the Penalties for an OVI in Ohio?
First DUI Offense
- Jail time - 3 days to 6 months
- Multi-day intervention program attendance may be required
- Possibility of up to five years probation
- Up to $1,075 in fines
- Driver’s license suspended for up to 3 years
- May need to install IID to regain driver’s license
Second DUI Offense
- Jail time - 10 days to one year plus additional probation time
- Driver’s license suspended for one year minimum, 7 years max
- $525 to $1,625 in fines
- Mandatory ignition interlock requirement
Third DUI Offense
- Jail time - 30 days to one year, plus additional probation time
- Driver’s license suspended for two to 12 years
- Mandatory ignition interlock requirement
- $850-$2,750 in fines
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Ohio has a compliance-based ignition interlock policy, which means that violations can result in an extended sentence.
What Happens if I Fail to Complete or Refuse to Submit to a OVI Test in Ohio?
Ohio still has penalties for drivers who refuse to undergo a blood alcohol content test. Their driver’s license can be suspended for up to three years following a test refusal.
How Can I Regain Driving Privileges in Ohio?
In Ohio, offenders who are eligible can petition the court for a limited license. To get approved, they must meet all criteria and have the court approve the limited license. Criteria include:
- Serving the mandated portion of their driver’s license suspension period
- Show proof of installation of an interlock device, from a state-approved provider.
- Some repeat offenders may be required to attend treatment
- Obtain SR-22 insurance
- Pay any required reinstatement fees
Depending on the circumstances of the offense, or the offender’s driving record, there may be additional criteria to meet.
ADS Interlock Devices in OH
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
Ignition interlock devices, or IIDs, are used to prevent drunk driving. Sometimes, they are referred to as car breathalyzers. Here’s how they work:
- Before starting the car, the driver is required to take and pass a Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) test
- During most trips, the IID will request random retests to be certain the driver has remained sober
How Long is an OH Interlock Device Required?
Ohio’s interlock policy is compliance-based. While the interlock term is mandated by the law, it can also increase if the offender violates the interlock policy. Failed tests or tampering with the device are considered violations and can result in an extended interlock requirement.
The Cost of Interlock Devices in OH
Offenders in Ohio are responsible for covering the cost of interlock installation and lease payments. Typically, the installation is between $70 and $120. To lease, the devices can cost between $80 and $120 a month, or $2.50 to $3.50 per day. ADS offers flexible payment options, and you can pay online or via the app.
Finding an Ignition Interlock Device Installer Near Me OH
Thanks to our large partner network, you should have no trouble finding an installation center near you. ADS has more than 5,000 partner locations nationwide. When you go to your installation appointment, technicians will install your device, and show you how it works. They will also provide you with a proof of installation certificate, which you may need to show in order to obtain your limited license. You will need to return on a regular basis to have your device calibrated, so be sure to pick a convenient location for you.
Readers of this website should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.