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Operating a vehicle while impaired or OVI, commonly referred to as DUI, is a traffic offense and it generally a case that is handled by the Municipal Court that handles cases for the location of the driving.  The column to the left contains an alphabetical list of the various municipal courts for Ohio. 

If you are arrested for driving under the influence, DUI, or Operating a vehicle Impaired, OVI, your case will be handled by the Municipal Court that handles cases for the City where you were stopped. 

If you are a repeat offender and are charged with felony DUI then your case will begin in the municipal court for the City where you were stopped. Your case will then be sent to the County Prosecutor for consideration by the Grand Jury. If you are indicted, your case will be handled by the general division of the Common Pleas Court for the County where the stop was made.

If the person arrested is under the age of 18, their case will be handled by the Juvenile Court in the County where he or she was stopped. Even though the case will be handled in the Juvenile Court, the Judge has the authority to suspend your license beyond your 18th birthday. In some instances the judge can prohibit you from getting a license until you are 21.

DUI cases are generally handled at the Municipal Court level but they are a criminal offense and should be taken seriously.  

Avoid the penalties of a DUI by not getting behind the wheel if you have had more than one drink.

If you drive late at night or very early in the morning, do not drink any amount of alcohol before driving. Your chances of being stopped are higher during those times of the day.