A 45 year old man who has an extensive history of drunk driving will be spending some time in the custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections after being sentenced to the maximum allowed penalty by Judge Michael J. Sage in Common Pleas Court of Butler County.
According to UPI.com, the defendant had seen OVI court many times over and the judge didn’t know what else to do. He is quoted as saying, “I struggle with cases like this, because, in my mind, alcoholism is a disease.”
The judge allegedly imposed the 5 year prison sentence with public safety in mind. The risks of drunk driving, he said, are far too great to allow the defendant to keep playing the odds.
This isn’t the first time the defendant went to prison for such charges either. According to the report he spent 4 years locked up following a 2005 conviction. According to Ohio statute, you can be charged with felony OVI if you are convicted of 4 or more OVI charges within a 6 year period.
As a first time offender, you can face up to 180 days in jail, along with fines and a possible license suspension of up to 3 years. When it comes to your driving privileges the old adage is true: You never knew what you had until it is gone.
As your prior OVI charges mount, so does the potential sentence. Despite the regularity in which it happens, the penalties for an OVI conviction are far from minor.
If you are facing charges of driving under the influence, you need someone on your side looking out for your best interests. Call me today to discuss the details of your OVI case and to get some free legal advice at no obligation to you.