Ohio has two processes for OVI, one is administrative (licensing action taken by the BMV) and one is judicial.
Administrative: If you fail a breath test requested by an officer when you are arrested for OVI, or if you refuse to take one your license will be confiscated by the officer and your suspension will begin immediately. Suspensions last from 90 days to five years depending on any prior OVI arrests or convictions.
Judicial: The court can impose a suspension on your license either pre-trial or after conviction. Fines and jail time may also be required. For a complete listing of all Ohio OVI information, this chart from the Garfield Heights Municipal Court is comprehensive.
Every situation and state is unique, please consult with your attorney or your state licensing authority to confirm your requirements and obligations.
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