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Ohio's DUI Laws:



Ohio has two drunk driving laws found in ORC Sects 4511.19A(1)a and 4511.19A(1) b-i.

Note: In most cases, a driver will be charged with having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and also with driving impaired.  Both offenses will be charged even though there is only one act. The driver can only be convicted and punished for one. (The punishments are identical for both offenses.)

Under ORC section 4511.19(G)1(d) the offender may be charged with a felony if he or she has been convicted of three or four OVI s in the past 6 years or 5 OVI s in the past 20 years.  Yes-The Judge looks at your driving record from 20 years ago!