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In Ohio, if you are under the age of 21, arrested for a DUI, and asked to submit to a breath test — your legal limit is not the same as an adult. The legal breath test limit for anyone over the age of 21 is .08. The legal breath test limit for anyone under the age of 21 is .02. That is a significantly smaller legal limit.
If are under 21, submit to a breath test and blow between a .02 and .08, you are likely to be charged with Operation of a Vehicle after Underage Consumption or OVUAC.
If you are ultimately convicted of an OVUAC, there are a number of mandatory penalties your judge will enforce. You will have a minimum license suspension of 90 days. The first 60 days of your suspension is considered “hard time.” This means that you will not be eligible for any driving privileges for the first 60 days of your suspension.
Additional mandatory penalties for an OVUAC conviction include:
The Columbus criminal defense lawyers with Luftman, Heck and Associates take an aggressive and thorough approach when representing clients charged with OVUAC. The first goal on any OVUAC case is to get you driving privileges as soon as you’re eligible. The ultimate goal on any OVUAC case, prior to litigation, is to negotiate a reduction of the charge to a lesser offense, such as a reckless operation charge.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we can help you confront the Ohio criminal justice system from your arrest through to your trial. By advocating for your rights and thinking strategically about your case defense, we will maximize your chances of obtaining a positive case result. If you’ve been charged with OVI, call us today at for a free and confidential consultation of your case.
If you’ve been charged with an underage DUI in Ohio, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced Columbus DUI attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.