Cincinnati Felony OVI Attorneys
Providing Aggressive Defense Against Felony OVI Charges
There are many circumstances that can lead to felony OVI charges in Ohio. Our Cincinnati felony OVI attorneys at Herzner Law are ready to help you fight your felony OVI charges. We understand that this is a trying time for you and your family, and we are ready to help you through it. If you have been charged with a felony OVI in Cincinnati, we urge you to reach out to our legal team immediately to let us defend you inside and outside the courtroom.
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Felony OVI in Ohio
In Ohio, OVI offenses are typically classified as misdemeanors. However, certain circumstances can elevate an OVI offense to a felony.
Here are some examples of felony OVI offenses in Ohio:
- Fourth-degree felony OVI: If you have been convicted of OVI three or more times within the past ten years, each subsequent offense is considered a fourth-degree felony. Penalties may include a prison sentence between 60 days and five years, fines up to $10,000, and a driver's license suspension.
- Felony OVI with prior felony conviction: If you have a previous felony conviction for OVI or certain other serious offenses, a subsequent OVI offense can be charged as a felony. This includes offenses such as aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, or vehicular assault.
- Felony OVI with serious physical harm: If you cause serious physical harm to another person while operating a vehicle under the influence, you can be charged with a felony offense. Serious physical harm refers to injuries that pose a substantial risk of death, permanent disfigurement, or prolonged impairment.
- Felony OVI with vehicular homicide: If you cause the death of another person while operating a vehicle under the influence, you can be charged with felony OVI with vehicular homicide. This offense is a serious felony and carries severe penalties. The specific degree of the felony and associated penalties can vary based on factors such as prior convictions, the level of impairment, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
- Felony OVI with a child in the vehicle: If you are arrested for OVI and there is a child under the age of 18 in the vehicle, you can face felony charges. This is often referred to as "child endangering." The severity of the offense can vary based on factors such as the age of the child and whether there was a risk of physical harm.
A Felony OVI Conviction Can Affect More Than Just Your License
A felony conviction can affect your ability to find employment, housing, or financial aid, and it can impact your ability to obtain a professional license. If you are convicted of a felony OVI, your criminal record will show a felony conviction for the rest of your life. A felony conviction can also affect your ability to travel outside of the United States, making it more difficult for you to visit family members or travel for work. A felony conviction can also make it more difficult for you to obtain affordable housing.
To learn more about how we can help with your felony OVI charges, contact us for a free consultation.
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