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What Happens to Your Car After a DUI/OVI?

In addition to other penalties and license suspension, Ohio mandates the immobilization or seizure of an individual's vehicle if they have multiple convictions for DUI/OVI. Those penalties are summarized in the following chart.

No. of Offenses in 5-Years Impoundment of Plates Immobilization of Vehicle Vehicle Forfeiture Immediate Vehicle Seizure
1st Offense No No No No
2nd Offense 90 Days 90 Days No Yes
3rd Offense 180 Days 180 Days No Yes
4th Offense or More No No Yes Yes

It is important to note these penalties may be imposed on the owner of a vehicle even if the owner was not the person charged with the DUI/OVI. If the State can prove that the owner of the vehicle knew or should have known that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or that the driver was driving under license suspension for a prior DUI/OVI, the owner's plates can be confiscated, the vehicle immobilized for a mandatory period, or, in the most extreme case, the vehicle seized and sold.

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI, a knowledgeable DUI/OVI attorney can help you protect your interests both in and out of the courtroom. For legal advice, contact an experienced DUI/OVI Attorney today.