Law enforcement officers in Ohio arrested over 14,000 people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in 2015, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. If you happen to be one of the thousands arrested and charged with OVI in Ohio, there is information you need to know. will discuss some of the basics of impaired driving charges in Columbus.

What in an OVI?

In Ohio, drivers who are drunk or under the influence of drugs are charged with operating vehicle impaired, OVI. Most states call impaired driving charges DUI or driving under the influence, but regardless of what you call, a conviction carries troublesome penalties.

After your arrest, your spouse, family member or friend will have to bail you out of one of the jails listed below:

Franklin County Correction Center

2460 Jackson Pike,


Franklin County Correctional Center

370 S Front St.,

Columbus, OH 43215

To look up an inmate or get the location of jail, visit the sheriff’s office website listed above.


Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

770 W Broad St.,

Columbus, OH 43222

Penalties for OVI in Columbus

An OVI conviction carries financial, legal and personal consequences as outlined below:

First OVI-Three days up to six months in jail, fines up to $1,000, and a license suspension between six months and three years.

Second OVI-Up to ten days in jail, home arrest from 18 days up to 6 months, fines up to $1,500 and your license can be suspended up five years.

Third OVI – Up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,500 and your license could be suspended for up to ten years.

If your blood alcohol concentration is at 0.17 percent or above, you will face additional jail time and monetary fines. Additionally, a fourth OVI in Ohio is a felony, so the penalties will be doubled, perhaps tripled, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. Call and speak to a criminal defense attorney in Ohio today.

Immigrants who are charged with an OVI in Ohio face additional consequences including deportation, so they need to speak to an attorney well versed in both criminal law and immigration law.

You License Will be Suspended Immediately

Unfortunately, once you are arrested for a OVI/DUI in Columbus your license will be suspended immediately. The duration of suspension depends on your specific charges but it can be as many as five years but as little as six months. You can try to keep your license by requesting an administrative hearing with the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles and asking for limited privileges. Judges will award limited driving privileges as long as you a demonstrate why you deserve that chance.

Consult with an Ohio OVI/DUI Lawyer

Our OVI/DUI lawyers will be honest and open about your case and steer your defense on the best course. Whether you want to accept a plea bargain or take your case to court, we recommend you get expert legal advice. Also, you need an experienced attorney on your side if you believe you were wrongfully arrested or subjected to excessive force.

Franklin County Municipal Court

375 S High St.,

Columbus, OH 43215


Whitehall Clerk of Courts

360 S Yearling Rd.,

Columbus, OH 43213


Grandview Heights Clerk-Court

1016 Grandview Ave.,

Columbus, OH 43212