Erb Legal LLC


803 E Washington St., Suite 110, Medina, OH 44256

Repeat DUI Defense Lawyers in Medina, OH

Wadsworth Multiple DUI Lawyers

Wayne County Attorneys for Those Facing a Second, Third, or Subsequent OVI Charges

When you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the situation is always very serious. Charges of DUI—or OVI (operating a vehicle while under the influence), as it is called in Ohio—can result in severe criminal penalties and a wide range of other possible consequences to your life. As you might expect, the potential penalties increase substantially for those with any prior OVI convictions on their recent record. If you are facing drunk driving charges for the second, third, or fourth time, the experienced DUI defense attorneys at Erb Legal LLC are equipped to help you.

Second and Third DUI Charges

Under Ohio law, a person who is convicted of a second OVI offense within ten years of his or her first offense is subject to significantly more severe penalties for the second conviction. If you are convicted a second time, you will be required to serve a minimum of ten days in jail. The minimum increases to 20 days if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) was .17 or above or you refused BAC testing. The court may impose an additional jail sentence of up to six months. Your driver's license will also be suspended for at least one year up to a possible seven years. You will be required to undergo alcohol treatment, install an ignition interlock device, and pay fines of up to $1,625. The court may also order you to use yellow OVI license plates on your vehicle, and the yellow plates are mandatory for a high test. Immobilization of your vehicle for up to 90 days is also possible.

For a third offense, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 30 days—again doubled to 60 days for a high BAC test or a refusal—with a maximum sentence of one year. Your license suspension will be for at least two years up to as many as 12, and you will likely be required to forfeit your vehicle if it is registered in your name.

Felony DUI Charges in Ohio

A fourth OVI conviction within 10 years or a sixth within 20 years is automatically a felony, and the consequences increase even more. If you are convicted of a felony for repeat DUI, you will spend a minimum of 60 days in jail with a maximum prison sentence of 30 months. You will lose your driving privileges for at least three years and possibly for the rest of your life. Your vehicle may also be forfeited. If you are permitted to reinstate your license in the future, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device and yellow OVI plates. A second felony will land you in prison for at least 120 days, and you could be sentenced to serve three years.

Trusted OVI Lawyers in Brunswick and Wadsworth

Facing OVI charges is understandably frightening and often overwhelming. That is why it is important to work closely with an experienced attorney at Erb Legal LLC. We will carefully investigate the circumstances of your arrest and review the state's evidence for potential weaknesses. It may be possible to challenge the results of BAC tests or field sobriety tests, the arresting officer's testimony, and many other elements of your case. There may also factors that could limit the severity of the sentence in certain situations.

Call 330-368-4499 Today

If you have a prior DUI conviction on your record and are facing charges again, you need legal representation immediately. Contact our office to discuss your case with a member of our team today. Call 330-368-4499 for a free consultation. Located in Medina, Erb Legal LLC represents clients in Wadsworth, Brunswick, Wooster, Rittman, Akron, Barberton, Summit County, Wayne County, and Medina County, Ohio.

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