■ SIX POINTS. Under Ohio law, if you’re convicted of OVI or a DUI it’s a six (6) point offense. This amount of points is significant and will generate a six point warning letter from the Ohio BMV. In Ohio, if a driver reaches twelve (12) points, their driver’s license is suspended.
■ SIDE NOTE: It is not uncommon for intoxicated drivers to earn additional points for lesser infractions such as speeding, marked lanes, and more.
■ POSSIBLY FOREVER? In Ohio, an OVI/DUI conviction will stay on your driving record essentially forever. This is particularly relevant for repeat offenders who may face increased penalties.
■ SIDE NOTE: Driver Abstracts typically only go back three (3) years. Some insurance companies and employers use driver abstracts when making their decisions about a driver.
NO. Generally speaking, an OVI/DUI conviction cannot be sealed or expunged from your record.
NOT REALLY. Over the years, the names of the offense have varied between DUI (“Driving Under the Influence”), DWI (“Driving While Impaired”), and OVI(“Operating a Vehicle Impaired”). At present, if you’re caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Ohio, you’ll be charged with an OVI.
YES, WE’RE NOT KIDDING: Ohio law prohibits the operation of a bicycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many people are surprised to learn that bicycle OVI carries the same consequences as a drunk driving charge in Ohio. Even if you are cited for an OVI while on a bicycle, it will affect your driving privileges.