There are many terms for driving under the influence that people use interchangeably and the names of which vary from state to state. In Ohio, the typical driving under the influence charge is abbreviated as “OVI.” OVI stands for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Some people know this charge as “DUI” or “DWI.”
Under Ohio law, no person shall operate any vehicle within the State of Ohio, if, at the time of the operation, the person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.
Many people often wonder what is considered “under the influence.” In Ohio, a person is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs when he or she consumes alcohol or drugs of abuse in such a quantity that it adversely affects and appreciably impairs a person’s actions, reactions, conduct, movements or mental processes so as to deprive him or her of that clearness of mind and control of him or herself which would otherwise have possessed and, and it impairs to any appreciable degree his or her ability to operate a vehicle.
The law does not stop there. In Ohio, an individual can be charged with OVI for operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol level in their blood, breath or urine. Individuals under age 21 are prohibited from operating a vehicle with a concentration of .02 percent but less than .08 percent by weight of alcohol in their blood, or with the equivalent amount in their breath or urine. The prohibited level for individuals 21 years of age or older is .08. The prohibited level for commercial drivers is .04 percent or more.
The Martinez Law Firm has over a decade of experience handling OVI cases and can provide you with effective, aggressive representation. Our firm handles misdemeanor OVI, felony OVI, commercial driver OVI, and underage OVI. During the holiday season law enforcement is out in full force cracking down on impaired driving. Always find a ride home if you think you may be impaired.
The Martinez Firm is available 24/7 to assist you with your OVI needs. Give us a call at 216-875-5555. It is important if you have been arrested for an OVI to contact an attorney who will make sure your rights are protected!