Annie's Law and the Consequences of OVI in Ohio
In Ohio, operating a Vehicle while Impaired (OVI) is a serious offense with potentially life-altering consequences. These consequences can include jail time, the loss of your driver's license, and steep fines. In some cases, you may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your car. Annie's Law, which was enacted in 2017, requires first-time offenders with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher to install an IID in their vehicle for a minimum of six months.
What is Annie's Law?
Annie's Law is named after Annie Rooney, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2013. The law requires first-time offenders with a BAC of .08 or higher to install an IID in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. If you are convicted of OVI and refuse to install an IID, your jail sentence will be doubled.
What are the consequences of OVI?
The consequences of OVI depend on the facts of your case and your criminal history. For example, if you have prior OVI convictions or if someone was injured as a result of your impaired driving, you may be facing more serious charges. Potential consequences can include:
· Jail time
· The loss of your driver's license
· Steep fines
· Community service
· The installation of an IID in your vehicle
How does an IID work?
An Ignition Interlock Device is installed in your vehicle and monitors your BAC level. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, it will prevent the engine from starting. You will also be required to take regular "rolling retests" while you are driving. This means that the device will require you to provide another breath sample at random intervals while you are driving. If you fail the rolling retest, the device will record the incident and alert the authorities.
If you are convicted of OVI in Ohio, you may be facing some serious consequences. If you have been charged with OVI, it is important to contact an experienced OVI attorney who can help you understand your rights and options under the law.