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3rd OVI – No Jail – Driving Privileges – Franklin County, Columbus, Ohio
A US Army Veteran was charged with a 3rd Offense OVI in Franklin County and charged with Driving Under Suspension after getting into a car accident.  After being arrested and charged with OVI in Columbus, the Client provided a breath test and blew over the legal limit.  Because it was his 3rd OVI in 10 years the Client, if convicted, would have been required to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 consecutive days in the Franklin County Jail.  After a thorough review of the body camera video footage, our staff uncovered that the Columbus Police Department did not properly administer the breath test.  As a result, the 3rd offense Columbus OVI charge was reduced and the Client was ordered to complete probation rather than serving the mandatory minimum sentence.

What is OVI in Ohio?

Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19 sets out that it shall be operate any vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of drugs and alcohol.  An OVI is the same as an DUI, DWI, and OMVI.  All of these charges address the same type of activity, but over the years Ohio has changed the name of the violation.

What are the possible penalties for an Ohio OVI?

If you are convicted of OVI for the very first time your are subject to the mandatory minimum penalties, these include a three day jail term, or a 72-hour Driver Intervention Program, a $375 fine, and a one year license suspension.  It is important to remember these are the minimum penalties the court most impose.  OVI is a 1st Degree Misdemeanor which means that the court may impose up to 6 months in jail, a $1075 fine, and a three year license suspension.

What is OVI Enhancement?

The mandatory minimum penalties for an Ohio OVI increase with each prior conviction a person has within the 10 year look back period.  If you are charged with a 2nd OVI in 10 years your mandatory minimum sentence is 10 consecutive days in jail.  If you are charged with a 3rd OVI in 10 years the mandatory minimum sentence is 30 consecutive days.


Columbus Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyer

Since 2000, clients throughout Central Ohio have turned to Funkhouser Law for favorable outcomes in criminal matters. Columbus Ohio Criminal Law Attorney Douglas A. Funkhouser personally handles each case and delivers the highest level of representation for each client. From misdemeanors to impaired driving allegations to felony charges, Mr. Funkhouser has extensive jury trial and bench trial experience, and has successfully defended thousands of clients as a criminal defense lawyer in Columbus. Recognized by Super Lawyers for his accomplishments in and outside of the courtroom, Mr. Funkhouser was peer selected as one of the top criminal lawyers in Ohio. As a criminal defense lawyer in Columbus, he reached favorable resolution of cases involving traffic violations, drunk driving, domestic violence, capital murder, drug offenses, assault and sex crimes. Mr. Funkhouser has worked to expunge criminal records for many clients, which ensures past legal issues will not hinder clients in the future. When you are facing the justice system, it is vital to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Mr. Funkhouser is a criminal law attorney in Columbus who has successfully fought for his clients for over a decade.

Individualized Representation

High-volume legal practice sacrifices client contact with the attorney. At Funkhouser Law Firm in Columbus, each client is treated as an individual, and with respect. Mr. Funkhouser thoroughly researches and prepares for each case and personally works with clients to guarantee the best possible legal representation for each client. Funkhouser’s criminal law attorneys in Columbus do not compromise clients’ time, money or freedom by delivering anything less than the stellar, quality legal representation they deserve.

OVI Stops: What to Do When You Are Pulled Over

Mr. Funkhouser discusses the topic of OMVI with the Columbus Bar Association. OMVI cases are very complicated and include many technical elements. It is important to contact an experienced defense attorney who can fully explain the charges and explore potential defenses that may be available.

When You Are Accused of a Crime

You should be aware of your rights under the various Ohio laws governing criminal offenses. Mr. Funkhouser discusses the topic of criminal charges with the Columbus Bar Association.

I feel that Doug truly cared about my son and his future. I would recommend Doug Funkhouser without hesitation, he was amazing and always there when needed.

-E.F. - Powell, Ohio

Doug came highly recommended to me. I was impressed with his tenacity and professionalism. He saved my career by going to trial and winning my case.

-J.L. - Ohio

I pretty much got a second chance because of Mr. Douglas Funkhouser. My family and I will recommend him and use him in the future if we need an attorney.

-R.A. - Columbus, Ohio

What his clients say about him speaks for itself

Many attorneys take a hands-off approach to client representation in order to increase their case loads.  Mr. Funkhouser personally handles each unique case and treats all clients with dignity and respect. Mr. Funkhouser takes his responsibility of representing vulnerable individuals seriously, and strives to obtain the same justice for his clients that he would want for himself and his family.
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