As of this year, the state of Ohio passed Annie’s Law, directly affecting drinking and driving laws. Prior to the passing of Annie’s Law, OVI offenders were subject to mandatory minimum penalties dependent on the person’s number of convictions. Facing any DUI conviction, whether it is your 1st or simply one of many, is made even easier with the help of a Union County criminal defense attorney you can trust, such as ours at Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC.
Annie’s Law has made significant changes as to how the state of Ohio handles DUI convictions and consequences, including but not limited to the following:
- If you are a 1st time offender, you may be entitled to unlimited driving privileges with the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
- If a 1st time offender elects to install an IID in his or her vehicle, the judge must suspend all pending jail time
- Multiple offenders must face a longer license suspension
- If the IID is installed, the judge has the option to reduce the license suspension by 50%
- Offenders must obtain a new driver’s license in use of the IID, and failure to do so will result in mandatory jail time
- All 1st time offenders and 2nd time offenders with a “low tier” breath, blood or urine test no longer mandated by law to have yellow license plates in order for driving privileges to be granted
At Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC, we are comprised of an experienced and skilled team of Union County criminal defense attorneys who are committed to advocating on behalf of our clients. Whether you are facing your first DUI conviction or are otherwise wondering how Annie’s Law will impact your particular situation, we can offer you comprehensive legal counsel, care, and representation.
Would you like to speak to a representative of our firm? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (937) 403-9033.