Ohio First OVI High Tier Test

The chart below outlines the penalties for a first offense OVI when:

  • You do not have a prior OVI conviction within 10 years of the date of your current charge.
  • You took a chemical test and
  • You tested above the .17 high tier level for alcohol.

This offense is known as the OVI High Tier offense.

You may also be charged with other offenses if:

  • You took chemical test
  • You refused a Chemical test and have a prior OVI conviction within 20 years of the date of this offense.

If any of the above apply to you, after you have reviewed the below chart go back to the previous page and click on the other offense or offenses that may apply to you.

Or download the PDF Chart of all possible First Offense OVI Offense Penalties which can be accessed below this chart.

1st OVI High Tier Penalty Chart

Jail 6 days* to 180 days jail
License Suspension 1 year ** to 3 years
Hard Time period – no driving privileges 15 days
Fine $375 to $1075
Party Plates Mandatory
Interlock on Car (Blow & Go) At judge’s discretion
Alcohol Assessment At judge’s discretion
*Judge can permit 72 hour Driver’s Intervention Programs (DIP) in lieu of 3 days in jail
** See Optional First Offense Interlock Restricted License below
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**First Offense Interlock Restricted License. The judge has ability to reduce license suspension by one half and allow “unlimited driving privileges” but you will need to install an interlock device and there are big risks and potential mandatory jail time that could result. We may be able to reduce your suspension without interlock. Contact us to discuss this or see Ohio OVI Defense: the Law & Practice.