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Underage DUI in Ohio

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:

  • Retesting for you license (both written and driving exams)
  • Required completion of an 8 hour remedial driving class (no BMV credit)
  • Requirement to maintain an SR 22 insurance bond on file with the BMV
An OVUAC charge is a serious, alcohol related offense. An OVUAC conviction carries a number of mandatory penalties that will immediately make your life difficult. It is an offense that can follow you throughout the rest of your adult life as well. It is critical that you give your OVUAC charge the attention it deserves.

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.

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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

OVUAC is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A possible jail sentence of up to 30 days
  • A fine of up to $250
  • Requirement to retest (both written and driving) for your driver’s license
  • Class 6 license suspension of 90 days to 2 years
  • An SR 22 insurance bond requirement for a minimum of one year
  • Required completion of an 8 hour remedial driving class
Have a question concerning underage OVI/OVUAC that we didn’t answer? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

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