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Underage OVI Lawyer in Dayton, Ohio

Underage OVI Lawyer in Dayton, Ohio

If your child is facing an OVI charge, find an experienced underage DUI attorney. Gounaris Abboud in Dayton has the track record and experience your case needs.

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Has your child been arrested for OVI in Ohio? If so, it is essential that you seek experienced legal assistance for their defense. Gounaris Abboud has a long history of providing robust defenses for underage drivers and is ready to meet and discuss your case.

For years, our team of OVI defense attorneys has represented clients in Montgomery, Warren, and Butler Counties. If you need a formidable offense to OVI charges involving underage drinking, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney get started on your case immediately to help your child avoid the most severe penalties.

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Understanding Underage OVI/OVUAC in Ohio

Understanding Underage OVI/OVUAC in Ohio

Operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVUAC) is a serious crime that can result in significant criminal, civil, and collateral penalties. Found in ORC §4511.19, the charge applies to drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 who drink and operate a vehicle.

If an underage driver’s blood or urine exhibits the following characteristics after a valid test, the driver can be charged with underage drinking and driving:

  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at or above 0.02% (whole blood);
  • BAC at or above 0.96% (blood serum or plasma);
  • Breath Alcohol Concentration at 0.02%;
  • Urine Alcohol Concentration at or above 0.028 grams.

All underage drivers should know that when law enforcement officers pull over an underage driver and suspect that they have been drinking, the officers will not waiver in enforcing the law.

Even without evidence of impairment, the officers can still charge the driver if their blood alcohol content is at least 0.02%.

Penalties for Underage OVI/OVUAC in Ohio

Penalties for Underage OVI/OVUAC in Ohio

Minors who are arrested for OVUAC in Ohio can face a myriad of charges depending on the circumstances of their case. If the minor’s BAC is at or above 0.08%, the minor will likely be charged with the first-degree misdemeanor of OVI.

However, when the minor’s BAC is below 0.08% but at or above 0.02%, the charge of OVUAC will be levied, which may be punishable by:

  • Jail time for up to 30 days;
  • Up to $250 in fines;
  • 90-day to 2-year administrative license suspension;
  • Suspended driving privileges for 60 days after the arrest.

When a minor loses their driving privileges, it can take some effort to get them reinstated. They may have to retake the driver’s license test and procure financial responsibility insurance. A fee of $475 may also be required as well as enrollment in a driver improvement program for juveniles.

Penalties for Repeat OVUAC Offenses

In most jurisdictions, repeat offenders are treated more harshly than first-time offenders. Ohio is no different. Usually, an underage drinker who is charged with a repeat drunk driving offense will face much more serious charges and consequences than first-time offenders, including more time behind bars, higher fines, and longer license suspension times.

Penalties Underage DUI (BAC ≥ 0.08) Can Be Classified as Traditional OVI OVUAC (BAC 0.02 – 0.079) Repeat OVUAC Offenses
Fine Up to $1,000 Up to $250 Up to $500
Jail Time Up to 5 days to 6 months Up to 30 days Up to 60 days
License Suspension 1 year to 5 years 90 days up to two years One year up to five years
No Driving Privileges 15 days to 30 days after the arrest 60 days after the arrest 60 days after the arrest

Please keep in mind that these penalties can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, any prior convictions, and other factors. It’s essential to consult with an underage OVI attorney for personalized legal advice and guidance.

It is also essential to rely on an experienced underage OVI attorney to fight to get you the lowest penalty possible or to get your charges dismissed altogether.



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Don’t wait too long to get started on your defense against the OVI/OVUAC charges against you. Contact Gounaris Abboud for a free consultation and to potentially avoid a DUI conviction.

Collateral Consequences of OVUAC Charges

Criminal penalties are not the only ramifications of a conviction for OVI/OVUAC. You may also face real consequences that affect your future because you will now have a permanent criminal record.

Some of these difficult consequences include:

Employment Difficulties

Finding employment is complicated greatly by having a criminal record. Jobs involving driving become nearly impossible to get.

Professional Licensing Difficulties

With a DUI, it is difficult or impossible to obtain or renew certain professional licenses.

House-Hunting Issues

As with employers, many property owners and managers prefer not to rent to individuals with criminal records, even if the crime was a misdemeanor and happened long ago.

Future Criminal Issues

If a person has a DUI charge on their criminal record, they will be treated much more severely if they must return to criminal court.

Public Exposure

With a conviction for OVI/OVUAC, there is nowhere to hide. The public, including your family, friends, and future employers and associates can simply type in your name and get detailed information about your DUI charge.

Sadly, these issues follow many underage drunk drivers for the rest of their lives. There is for some, however, the potential of having their records sealed.

Defenses for Underage OVI Charges

Defenses for Underage OVI Charges

At Gounaris Abboud, our main focus when representing clients charged with underage OVI is crafting the most effective defense against your underage drinking and driving charges. Depending on how your incident took place, we likely have various options.

Illegal Traffic Stop

An illegal traffic stop can lead to an all-out dismissal of the charges against you. The Fourth Amendment protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures. A traffic stop is a type of seizure and must only take place if it is reasonable.

Unfortunately, police officers regularly operate outside of legal bounds when stopping motorists. If this happens to you, our team can potentially get the evidence against you thrown out and the charges dismissed.

Chemical Testing Issues

A chemical test is only as reliable as it is functional and administered correctly. If a chemical test was not functioning or was administered improperly in your case, we will find out and use this information for your defense.

Lack of Evidence

All criminal convictions must have enough evidence that would allow a reasonable jury to convict. However, police hunches and other non-verifiable evidence are often used to justify underage OVI charges.

One of the first things we consider at Gounaris Abboud is the evidence against our clients. If the prosecution’s case is lacking in this respect, we’ll vigorously attack the deficit and fight to get your charges dropped.

Violation of Miranda Rights

When arresting someone, the police are required to take steps to ensure that they are well aware of their rights.

The familiar spiel that starts with “You have the right to remain silent” is a required notification that the police must give to everyone they arrest. Failure to do so can result in the exclusion from evidence of any statement you utter during or after your arrest.

How Our Dayton Underage OVI Lawyer Can Help You?

Ohio law enforcement shows little mercy when prosecuting underage drivers for operating a vehicle while over the legal limit. However, a skilled underage OVI lawyer can mount an effective defense against the charge and mitigate or eliminate the negative consequences the young person might face.

Gounaris Abboud has defended thousands of drivers throughout Ohio and has saved the futures of many young people charged with OVUAC and OVI. If you or someone you care about is facing one of these charges, we can potentially help.

Has a law enforcement officer charged you or someone you care about with OVUAC or OVI? Don’t panic. An OVUAC charge isn’t the end of the story. When Gounaris Abboud gets involved, we work diligently to get your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.

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How Our Dayton Underage OVI Lawyer Can Help You?

Once we take your case, our team will handle all of the tasks necessary to effectively defend against the state, including:


Investigating all aspects of the incident


Meeting with the police and prosecution regarding your case


Gathering the evidence necessary for your defense


Developing effective defense strategies


Fiercely negotiating with the prosecution


Fighting for you in municipal court if your case goes to trial

We also help you avoid or deal with the collateral consequences of OVUAC and OVI charges that can affect your everyday life and livelihood. So give us a call and let our team help.

Why Choose Us for Your Underage OVI Defense?

Nearly six decades of collective experience

Nearly six decades of collective experience

Industry-recognized defense lawyers in Ohio and other states

Industry-recognized defense lawyers in Ohio and other states

Effective and aggressive advocacy

Effective and aggressive advocacy

Free consultations and 'round-the-clock availability

Free consultations and 'round-the-clock availability

Legal services tailored to each client's unique circumstances

Legal services tailored to each client's unique circumstances

Deeply knowledgeable in the laws and procedures relating to underage OVI charges

Deeply knowledgeable in the laws and procedures relating to underage OVI charges

A long track record of success in getting clients' charges dropped or reduced

A long track record of success in getting clients' charges dropped or reduced

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What is underage OVI in Ohio?

The charge of underage operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) is an offense that occurs when a person who is under the legal age for drinking alcohol operates a vehicle after drinking alcohol and has a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08% or more. For those individuals found to be with BACs below 0.08%, a separate charge exists for underage drinkers only.

What is OVUAC in Ohio?

It is operating a Vehicle after Underage Consumption (OVUAC) in Ohio is a drinking and driving charge that is exclusively reserved for individuals who drink and drive and are under the age of 21. To be charged with OVUAC in Ohio, an underage driver must have a BAC of at least 0.02% and below 0.08%. It is distinct from the charge of operating a vehicle impaired (OVI).

What is the difference between OVI and OVUAC?

OVI and OVUAC both deal with drinking and driving. However, OVI applies to drivers aged 21 and older. On the other hand, OVUAC is a drinking and driving charge brought exclusively against minors and adults under the age of 21. Additionally, OVI addresses BACs at or above 0.08%, while OVUAC addresses BACs in the range of 0.02% to 0.08%.

What are the legal BAC limits for minors in Ohio?

The legal BAC limit for minors or anyone under 21 years of age is 0.02%. BACs at 0.02% and over can lead to an OVUAC charge. At 0.08% and above, the charge is OVI, even if the operator is under 21 years of age.

Can I go to jail for underage OVI or OVUAC?

Yes. Jail time is a possibility if you are convicted of underage OVI or OVUAC. How long your time in jail lasts depends on various factors, including whether you have a criminal record, the presence of aggravating factors, and your actual BAC level. Repeat offenders are likely to spend some time in jail.

Will these offenses impact my insurance rates?

Yes. It is highly likely that your insurance rates will be affected if you are convicted of OVI/OVUAC. Insurance companies base their rates on complex risk assessments that assign much weight to drinking and driving, causing the rates of those who drink and drive to go up significantly.

Can I get my underage OVI or OVUAC record expunged?

In Ohio, it’s possible to have an OVI or OVUAC charge sealed. Whether a case is eligible for expungement depends on the criminal record of the person seeking expungement, the circumstances of the incident in which they were charged, and other factors.

If you have a conviction on your record, the criminal defense attorneys at Gounaris Abboud can help determine whether your case would qualify for sealing and work to get this done for you if it does.

Contact Our Dayton Underage OVI Lawyer Today!

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