The short answer, and correct answer, is: yes. Jail is mandatory on all DUI/OVI offenses in the State of Ohio. There are situations where you can replace jail with an alternative drug and alcohol treatment program – such as a three day class. However, many people make the mistake of going into court and pleading no-contest or guilty because they were arrested on a first offense and believe they can avoid jail. It is important to hire an attorney that has experience defending DUI cases.
On a first offense you may face a minimum of six days in jail depending on the type of case. In Ohio there are two legal limits for blood alcohol content: 0.08 and 0.17, if you blow over or your blood is over the second limit you face six days in jail – same thing if you refuse. On top of this there are other substantial penalties for first offenses that you may seriously wish to fight: the “party” plates, the interlock device, a possible three year license suspension.
If you are serious about defending yourself from these charges call us at (330) 860-4347 for your pressure free consultation. We feature four former prosecutors and a peace officer on our team of attorneys.