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Underage DUI in Ohio

Underage DUI’s are also called OVUAC or “operating a vehicle after underage consumption”. Ohio is one of many states that have adopted a “zero tolerance” policy toward underage drinking. This means that as a driver under the age of 21, you will be arrested if there is you have any amount of alcohol in your system while driving. In accordance with its zero tolerance policy, the legal BAC limit for juveniles is lower. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 or higher if you are a driver under 21. You will be arrest for OVUAC if you are under 21 and your blood alcohol level is over 0.02% but less 0.8%. If your blood alcohol level is over 0.08% then you will be arrested for an OVI, despite the fact that you are a juvenile.

If you are convicted of OVUAC, you will be found guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor and your license will be suspended from two months to three years. If this is your second (or more) OVI/OVUAC offense, then it will be a third degree misdemeanor and you will face a license suspension of 1-5 years.

If you are arrested for OVUAC (operating a vehicle after underage consumption) or if you are under 18 and facing OVI charges then you will not face additional penalties than an adult arrested for DUI but you will face different penalties. You will be required to participate in a juvenile driver improvement program approved by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and you lose your license, forcing you to retake the driver’s license exam after your license suspension. An OVUAC will get your four points on your driving record. You will also have to pay a reinstatement fee. After these conditions have been satisfied, the BMV will restore full driving privileges. You are not eligible for limited driving privileges if you are convicted of an OVUAC or an OVI under the age of 18. For persons under 21 years of age who are convicted of OVI, a first offense can result in up to 30 days of jail time, a fine of up to $250, and a license suspension of between 90 days to two years.  Four points will be added to your driving record.

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