What is OVI in Ohio? I typically use the term DUI in my articles because that is what most people commonly call the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. Even Ohio lawyers loosely use the term DUI, rather than the official term of OVI. DWI is typically recognized as an outdated term by both laypeople and professionals.
What are DUI, OVI, DWI, and BAC in Ohio? DUI is driving under the influence. DWI is driving while impaired. DUI and DWI are acronyms that are no longer used in Ohio since Ohio enacted a law in 1982 that refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as OMVI or “operating a motor vehicle impaired.” But, what is OVI in Ohio if OMVI was the official term at one point? When Ohio removed the requirement that the vehicle be motorized, the offense was shortened to OVI, or “operating a vehicle impaired.” This leaves us with the term BAC, which is still alive and well today in the law. BAC refers to blood alcohol content. In Ohio, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a BAC of .08 breath alcohol content or greater. If the driver is under 21 years of age, the legal limit is as low as .02 breath alcohol content. For many people, that can be reached with as little as one drink within the hour before testing.
The crime of OVI in Ohio is often referred to as DUI, DWI, drunk driving, driving under the influence, or driving while intoxicated. Ohio defines the offense as operating a vehicle under the influence in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (R.C. 4511.19). A Rittman DUI Attorney can identify and pursue defenses for one charged with one of the following offenses in Rittman, Ohio: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs. (more…)
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