If you are arrested or charged with a DUI/OVI in Columbus, you will be asked to submit to a chemical test in the form of either a breath, blood, or urine test to assess your blood alcohol content (BAC).
The legal limit for DUI in Ohio is 0.08, and if you test over that, you will be charged with OVI. If you test over 0.17 BAC, this is a higher category, and it subjects you to additional mandatory DUI penalties. Regardless of your BAC, anytime you are charged with an OVI you should consult a Columbus DUI lawyer to discuss the circumstances, your options, and how you can resolve the situation favorably.
If you blew over the legal limit and are facing OVI charges anywhere in or around Franklin County, Ohio, reach out to Luftman, Heck & Associates 24/7. Call or text us at (614) 500-3836 to set up a free consultation. We know this is a confusing process, but LHA is here to help.
What Was Your BAC?
Please review the charts below for more information about Ohio’s legal limit and what it means for your case. Questions? Call (614) 500-3836.
BAC Levels in Ohio
|Alcohol Level||Whole Blood||Blood Serum or Plasma||Breath||Urine|
|Low Test||≥ .08%
|High Test||≥ .17%||≥ .204%||≥ .17g||≥ .238g|
|Whole Blood||Blood Serum
|Controlled Substance||Urine||Whole Blood,
Blood Serum or Plasma
|Amphetamine||≥ 500ng||≥ 100ng|
|Cocaine||≥ 150ng||≥ 50ng|
|Cocaine Metabolite||≥ 150ng||≥ 50ng|
|Heroin||≥ 2000ng||≥ 50ng|
|Heroin Metabolite||≥ 10ng||≥ 10ng|
|LSD||≥ 25ng||≥ 10ng|
|Marijuana||≥ 10ng||≥ 2ng|
and under the influence
|≥ 15ng||≥ 5ng|
|Marijuana Metabolite||≥ 35ng||≥ 50ng|
|Methamphetamine||≥ 500ng||≥ 100ng|
BAC Levels for Men & Women
The following tables were developed to illustrate a person’s potential BAC based on the type of, volume and number of drinks consumed and person’s bodyweight. They are only an approximation. They are not exact.
BAC Table for Men
|Body Weight in Pounds|
|Subtract .01% for each 40 minutes of drinking. One drink is 1.25 oz. 80 proof liquor, 12 oz. beer, or 5 oz. wine.|
BAC Table for Women
|Body Weight in Pounds|
|0||.00||.00||.00||.00||.00||.00||.00||.00||.00||Only Safe Driving Limit|
|Subtract .01% for each 40 minutes of drinking. One drink is 1.25 oz. of 80 proof liquor, 12 oz. beer, or 5 oz. wine.|
The Legal Limit for Those Under 21
Although consuming alcohol is illegal in Ohio if you are under 21, the legal limit for drivers under 21 is 0.02%. When compared to the .08 BAC limit for adults, this is a minuscule amount, and a single drink can easily put an underage driver over the limit.
Underage drivers should be extremely careful Ohio even after a single drink. Underage DUIs are serious, with very real consequences and penalties.
The Legal Limit for Commercial Drivers
Another scenario where a driver can be charged with a DUI with a BAC less than 0.08 is if the driver has a commercial driver’s license. Ohio law sets a strict BAC limit of 0.04 for those with a CDL, like truck drivers.
If someone with a commercial driver’s license is pulled over and their BAC is 0.05 or over, then he or she can be charged with a DUI. Like drivers under 21, anyone in Ohio who has a commercial driver’s license should avoid driving if they have had even a single drink.
Our Columbus DUI Lawyers Can Help
If you have been charged with a DUI in Ohio, your legal rights and your future may be at stake. With jail time, fines, and suspended driving privileges as some of the potential penalties, you might not know where to turn.
The Columbus DUI attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates have handled hundreds of DUI cases each year with successful outcomes and mitigated penalties. The BAC tests are not absolute and there may be any number of flaws in how you were stopped or tested.
By limiting the evidence or challenging the validity of the BAC test results, you may be able to get your OVI reduced or dismissed. Even if charges proceed or the case goes to court, your attorney can pursue a lenient outcome, protect your ability to drive, or help you move on quickly so a DUI in Ohio doesn’t damage your future.
Contact LHA 24/7 after an Ohio OVI
Let us review your BAC test rest and find a way to help.