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OVI with Property Damage 

It’s widely known driving under the influence in Ohio carries server penalties. But when the offense involves property damage, you could be facing additional penalties, even if you are a first time offender.

In addition to criminal charges, the owner of the damaged property can take matters into their own hands and file suit against you in civil court. If your DUI involved any property damage, you should contact legal representation right away.

Columbus, OH OVI with Property Damage Defense Lawyer

No matter the crime, being arrested is a scary experience. Police make you feel like you are a criminal and there is no one to turn to for legal guidance. Turn to Joslyn Law Firm. Call (614) 300 - 3025 to schedule a confidential consultation.

We represent those accused of DUI offenses in central Ohio counties including Franklin County, Delaware County, Union County, Madison County and numerous others.

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Property Damage with a Vehicle in Ohio

Ohio doesn’t have a specific law for an OVI involving property damage. Instead, you will be charged with OVI and an additional charge for property damage. How you are charged for the offense depends on previous convictions.

Listed below are the penalties for property damage in a vehicle.

  • First offense: Minor misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $150
  • Second offense within one year: Fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days behind bars.
  • Third or subsequent offense within one year: Third-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days behind bars

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Civil Measures for OVI with Property Damage

The civil consequences of property damage are more worrisome than criminal penalties. The owner of the damaged property has the right to take civil measures against you. They can file a civil suit against you to obtain financial compensation for the replacement or repair of the property you damaged.

It’s highly advised you review your insurance policy if you were in a DUI accident that caused property damage. If you do not have liability insurance or sufficient liability coverage, all or part of the damages will come out of your pocket. Even if you are covered, your insurance company may exclude coverage for accidents involving an OVI conviction.


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Ohio OVI Laws and Penalties

In addition to penalties for property damage, you will also face penalties for driving under the influence. It’s against the law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. You are also prohibited from operating a vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances such as amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD and marijuana.

A first-time OVI conviction is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by the following:

  • A minimum of 72 hours in jail but up to six months
  • A fine between $375 and $1,075
  • A suspended license for six months to three years

You may petition the court for limited driving privileges when your license is suspended. You will only be able to drive at certain times and to specified locations. Keep in mind the court will only grant the suspension modification under certain circumstances. Some of these circumstances include to attend work, medical appointment and to attend court hearings.


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Additional Resources for OVI with Property Damage

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence | Ohio Revised Code– Follow this link to the Ohio Laws and Rules website to learn more about the states OVI laws. You can find out about the legal limit for controlled substances, how juveniles are charged for the crime and penalties for subsequent convictions.

Operation of a Vehicle in a Willful or Wanton Disregard | Ohio Revised Code– Read the precise legal text of the property offense involving a vehicle mentioned on the page. The statute can be read on the Ohio Laws and Rules website.


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Columbus, OH OVI with Property Damage Defense Attorney

Have you been accused of driving under the influence and causing property damage? If so, you should contact the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm. Call (614) 300 - 3025 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Joslyn Law Firm represents clients accused of OVI crimes in counties in central Ohio such as Pickaway County, Fairfield County and Licking County.


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