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Annie’s Law Changes Ohio DUI Law

Annie's law was enacted in Ohio and went into effect April 6, 2017.  It was named after Annie Rooney, an attorney from Chillicothe, Ohio, who was hit and killed on July 4, 2013, by a driver who was a multiple OVI offender and whose blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.  Ohio's new OVI penalties changes the suspension periods, the way jail time is imposed, and the look-back period for enhancing DUI penalties.  Prior to the law, Ohio had a twenty year look back and a six year look back for multiple offender enhancement purposes.  The twenty year look back made the sixth OVI during that time frame a felony.  The six year look back applied to enhancement of penalties for the second through fourth OVIs within that time frame.  The six year look back has been extended to a ten year look back under the Ohio's new OVI law.  In the past, getting four OVIs within ten years was not a felony; the fourth had to be committed within six years.  Now, getting four OVIs within ten years can be charged as a felony.