See Below: Recent OVI News Articles and  more about Ohio Underage Drinking Laws.

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We are experienced OVI and traffic attorneys serving the metro Toledo, Ohio area.  When searching for a seasoned OVI attorney, it it important to find an attorney who can meet your individual needs and be there to answer your questions during this difficult period of time.  Traffic attorney Scott France routinely appears in most regional municipal courts on behalf of traffic clients.  From OVI and Reckless Operation cases to Speeding Tickets, we are here to assist you and to serve as your guide through the legal process.   An OVI charge carries significant potential consequences so it is important to have an experienced OVI attorney who is familiar with the local courts.  Reasonable attorney fees.  Free initial consultation.  (419) 725-9300.


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  • 180 days in jail (Ohio misdemeanor)
  • $1,000 fine + court costs (Ohio misdemeanor)
  • driver’s license suspension
  • points charged to your driver’s license
  • employment related consequences
  • increased insurance premiums
  • expensive BMV reinstatement fees
  • special license plates and/or ignition interlock
  • other license restrictions
  • substance abuse treatment
  • felony charges in certain situations
  • Many OVI citations have accompanying charges as well


If you are facing an OVI or Reckless Operation charge in Ohio then you are encouraged to become familiar with Ohio traffic law and hire an experienced OVI attorney to represent you.  Every state has some sort of “drunk driving” statute.  The term “drunk driving” is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be “drunk” or “intoxicated” to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states).  While alcohol consumption is the most common form of impairment or intoxication, it is important to understand that such impairment or intoxication can be caused by other sources such as prescription medications and illegal drugs.  All drivers should become aware of how newly prescribed medications affect them before operating a motor vehicle.  The consequences of OVI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for OVI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the OVI. Special rules may apply to underage defendants, including but not limited to a much lower BAC (0.2%).

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Drunk Driving In The News:  (Top 5 Must Reads)

  1. “Attorney: Judge Suffered Concussion Hours Before OVI Arrest”                                                                                            Source: NBC 4 TV Columbus, Ohio; February 6, 2019
  2. “Livonia Man Accused Of Driving Drunk…4x Legal Limit”                                                                                                           Source: WHAM-TV 13 ABC, Jane Flasch; January 17, 2019
  3. “Drunken Driver Who Killed 24-Year-Old Mother Gets Probation”                                                                                           Source: Fox News, Bradford Betz; January 16, 2019
  4. “More Than 16,000 Open DUI Warrants….12 Ohio Counties”                                                                                                                Source: Columbus Dispatch, Doug Caruso; December 31, 2018
  5. “Drunk-Driving Deaths See A Spike During Holidays”                                                                                                                  Source: Dayton Daily News, Laura Bischoff; December 2, 2018



When can a minor consume alcohol in Ohio?

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Per Ohio law, a person must be 21 years of age or older to legally drink alcoholic beverages in Ohio.  Generally speaking, there are three circumstances in which a person under 21 years of age may drink alcoholic beverages in Ohio.   Source: Clermont County (Ohio) Sheriff.

  1. If the person consumes the alcohol ‘in the presence’ of their parent, legal guardian, or a spouse who is over 21 years old,
  2. If the alcohol consumption is part of a recognized religious service, or
  3. The alcohol is prescribed for medical treatment by a doctor.

It is important to read the above circumstances carefully.  Notice that college students (ages 18-20) are not included in the list, nor are minors attending a party hosted by an adult who is not their parent or legal guardian.  Under both of these circumstances it is illegal for a minor to consume alcohol in the Ohio.  Furthermore, Ohio minors are subject to a much stricter standard to be considered intoxicated (blood alcohol level of .02 or greater).  It is not uncommon for an underage individual to reach a .02 BAC after only one drink.  Regardless of age, please remember valuable community resources such as UBER.



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NOTICE:   Choosing an experienced OVI attorney is an important decision and all legal advice should come directly from a licensed attorney of your choosing. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of any case.  Factors such as prior history, individual court, and severity of offense(s) each can affect the outcome of one’s case.  All content contained within the pages of this website are for educational purposes only and are not intended to be construed as legal advice. Drive safely and always wear a seat belt.




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