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Penalties Increase for Drunk Driving Offenses in Ohio

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2009 | Traffic Offenses

In September of 2008, new changes went into effect for Ohio laws governing allegations of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OMVI). Formally nown as DUIs, Ohio’s OMVI statute was recently overhauled by the Ohio legislature. Among other changes, the new provisions increase penalties for particular offenses, increase mandatory minimums on certain portions of sentences, revise the use of treatment programs, and expand the use of ignition interlock devices. In addition, the revised laws expand the ways in which law enforcement officials can compel a suspect to submit to a forced chemical test of their Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC). The new law provides that, in certain circumstances, law enforcement officials may now use “whatever reasonable means are necessary” in order to complete the chemical test. See, Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 and 4511.191(a)(5)(a)-(b).

While the full effect (and constitutionality) of these revisions remains to be seen, one thing is clear: Ohio is stepping-up enforcement and punishment for drunk driving offenses. Â If you or someone you know has been charged with a drunk driving offense, call our offices TODAY for a FREE initial consultation to know and protect your rights.

Blake P. Somers, Attorney at Law
Mark E. Godbey & Associates
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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