Underage OVI/DUI

Akron Underage DUI/OVI Offences Lawyer

In Ohio, a driver can be convicted of an OVI (Operating a Vehicle while Impaired) for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08%, having a certain concentration of drugs in their system, or while actually impaired by drugs or alcohol. However, Ohio has a separate offense specifically for drivers younger than 21 years old. These drivers can be convicted of an impaired driving offense for getting behind the wheel with a BAC of at least .02% but less than .08%. This specific offense is commonly known as an “underage OVI” or “OVUAC” (Operating a Vehicle after Underage Alcohol Consumption).

Understanding and distinguishing between regular OVI offenses and underage OVI charges is crucial when it comes to defending your rights. At DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, we have the expertise to provide you with the comprehensive support and representation you need to navigate through the legal process.

Penalties for Underage OVI in Ohio

First Underage OVI

When convicted of a first underage OVI offense in Ohio, the following penalties apply:

  • Classification as a fourth-degree misdemeanor
  • Fines up to $250
  • Jail time of up to 30 days
  • License suspension of between 90 days and two years may be imposed
  • Possibility of unlimited driving privileges with an ignition interlock device (IID)
Second or Subsequent Offenses

For individuals facing a second or subsequent underage OVI offense in Ohio, the penalties become more severe:

  •  Classification as a third-degree misdemeanor
  •  Jail time up to 60 days
  •  Fine up to $500
  • License suspension from one to five years
  • Limited driving privileges available after completion of 60-day suspension
OVI Offenders Under 18 Years Old

OVI offenders under 18 with probationary or instruction permits may face additional penalties, such as extended license suspensions and mandatory completion of an alcohol education or treatment program.

Offenders under 18 may be required to retake licensing exams and could face restrictions on the use of a limited license, further impacting their driving privileges.

Defense for Underage DUI/OVI

At DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, we possess a deep understanding of Ohio’s specific laws and regulations concerning underage drinking and driving. We stay up-to-date with any changes or updates to the legislation, enabling us to provide accurate and tailored advice.

Our team of attorneys can play a critical role in challenging evidence, protecting your rights, and mitigating potential penalties. Some common defenses in underage DUI/OVI cases include:

  • Illegal Stop
  • Inaccurate Field Sobriety Test
  • Inaccurate Breathalyzer
  • Lack of Probable Cause
Contact Us

If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance regarding an underage OVI case, we are here to help. Reach out to us today for a free consultation. Our team of dedicated attorneys is ready to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.


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