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How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Ohio?

by Paul Cartmell

According to the state Department of Public Safety, the law for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Ohio is placed under a larger group of offenses, known as Operating a Vehicle under the Influence (OVI).

Permanent Record

The Ohio OVI Guide reports that a conviction for an OVI offense is recorded on the criminal record of a driver, and the OVI offense stays on the driver's criminal record forever. A driver’s abstract, used by companies such as insurance carriers doing background checks, generally stretches back three years.

Blood Alcohol Content

When an individual is suspected of an OVI offense, the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the suspect is tested. The legal limit in Ohio is a BAC of 0.08 percent. The Unofficial DMV Guide reports that a BAC level can be tested directly by drawing blood from the suspect, or indirectly by testing the suspects breath or urine.


According to the Unofficial DMV Guide, an OVI conviction can result in the suspension of a driver's license, fines of between $250 and $10,000, along with jail time of between three and 60 days. Courts in Ohio consider previous OVI offenses in the sentencing process stretching back over the previous six years.

About the Author

Paul Cartmell began his career as a writer for documentaries and fictional films in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. Working in documentary journalism, Cartmell wrote about a wide variety of subjects including racism in professional sports. Cartmell attended the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University, gaining degrees in journalism and film studies.

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