Licking County OVI

Licking County is located centrally within Ohio bordering both Delaware and Franklin County. It’s considered a smaller and quieter county with a population of approximately 150,000 according to the last 2010 census bureau. Its county seat is the city of Newark and the county was named after the salt licks that naturally form in the area.

Licking County may seem small town compared to larger counties, but it still has an ongoing drinking and driving problem. Over the past two years the arrest count for people operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI) has steadily risen. This has caused local law enforcement to collect their resources and specially focus on spotting drunken drivers. 

Defense Attorney in Licking County, Ohio

Drinking and driving can result in serious consequences including expensive fines, laborious court programs and even time spent in jail. It’s important you don’t take these charges lightly and have a plan moving forward. If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Joslyn Law Firm.

At Joslyn Law Firm, we take a thoughtful and aggressive approach to each and every case. We want to ensure you have the best legal representation, so we will go above and beyond to provide that to you. Our attorneys are experienced at filing motions, negotiating plea deals, collecting evidence and crafting efficient defenses for their clients. Call us now at (513) 339-6289 to learn more during your first free consultation.

Joslyn Law Firm practices throughout the greater Licking County area and surrounding counties including Fairfield County, Delaware County, Franklin County and Hamilton County. 

Overview of Licking County in Ohio


DUI and OVI Statistics for Licking County, Ohio

Every year the Ohio Highway Patrol gathers statistics from local law enforcement so they can compile them in an easy-to-digest format on their site. Their statistics present trends that appear throughout Ohio over the years through both infograms and patrol operational reports. The following are some OVI statistics gathered from Licking County, Ohio. 

In 2017, law enforcement reported the following in Licking County.

  • Licking County reported up to 380 OVI-related arrests;
  • The Highway Patrol had set up and conducted two checkpoints that year;
  • It was found that 76 people were injured because of a drunk driver; and
  • 8 people unfortunately perished due to an OVI incident.

In 2018, the Ohio Highway Patrol recorded the following statistics for Licking County.

  • There were 317 OVI-related arrests;
  • Law enforcement conducted two checkpoints in Licking County;
  • It was recorded that 77 people were injured due to an OVI; and
  • 6 people died in a DUI related accident 

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Major Highways and State Roads in Licking County, Ohio

Ohio residents use public highways and state roads to go about their daily lives. This is especially true for Licking County residents who commute to larger counties for work such as Franklin or Delaware County. Although these freeways are convenient, they’re also a popular area for law enforcement to pull over people under suspicion of DUI.

The following are some major highways and state roads found in Licking County.

  • Interstate 70 (I-70 ;
  • S. Route 40 (US 40);
  • S. Route 62 (US 62);
  • Ohio State Route 13 (SR 13);
  • Ohio State Route 16 (SR 16);
  • Ohio State Route 37 (SR 37);
  • Ohio State Route 79 (SR 79);
  • Ohio State Route 146 (SR 146);
  • Ohio State Route 586 (SR 586);
  • Ohio State Route 657 (SR 657); and
  • Ohio State Route 661 (SR 661);

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Summary of DUI Penalties in Licking County, Ohio 


Consequence

 


First OVI with a “Low” BAC


First OVI with a “High” BAC


First OVI with a Refusal

Jail Time

A minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 6 months in jail

 A minimum of 6 days and a maximum of 6 months in jail

A minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 6 months in jail

Fines

 A minimum of $375 and a maximum fine of $1,075

A minimum of $375 and a maximum fine of $1,075

 A minimum of $375 and a maximum fine of $1,075

 License Suspension

A minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 3 years with a suspended license

A minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 3 years with a suspended license

1 year of an Administrative License Suspension and possibly up to 6 months court suspension

Driving Privileges

 Not eligible to drive for up to 15 days from the date of the crime

Not eligible to drive for up to 15 days from the date of the crime

 Not eligible to drive for up to 30 days from the date of the crime


A pivotal part of a DUI conviction is whether you had a “high” or “low” BAC. In Ohio, a “high test” result for a person OVI includes:

  • Breath test results that are higher than .17;
  • Urinalysis results more than .238;
  • Whole blood test that result to more than .17; or
  • Blood serum or plasma results that equal above .204

For a test to have a “Low test” result it must include one of the following:

  • A breath test at or below .17, but above .08;
  • Urinalysis reading at below .238, but above .11;
  • Whole blood sample at or below .17, but above .08; or
  • Blood serum sample that’s at or below .204, but above .096

Refusals are referring to when a person doesn’t comply with an officer’s request to submit to chemical testing. Because of implied consent laws, your license will be automatically put under administrative suspension as a result. Implied consent laws state you must submit to chemical testing when asked by law enforcement if you’re using Ohio’s public roads.

Your administrative license suspension isn’t related to your criminal charges. It is a completely separate suspension term that can be added to a court-ordered suspension. Unlike a criminal suspension, you can contest your administrative suspension if you schedule a hearing at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. However, it’s highly recommended you collect evidence and hire an excellent attorney before contesting your suspension.

 


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DUI Resources in Licking County, Ohio

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is in charge of all administrative suspensions associated with driving under the influence. You can fight back against your suspension by scheduling a hearing with the Bureau so you can prove you weren’t under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. However, this must be done quickly since you only have a limited time to file a request for a hearing.

Driver’s Intervention Programs – Ohio offers a rehabilitative program for offender who don’t wish to complete the mandatory three-day jail term. If you qualify, you will attend a Driver’s Intervention Program (DIP) that focuses on traffic safety in relation to alcohol and drugs.

Licking County Clerk of Courts – Records, documents and other important information can be found at the Licking County Clerk of Courts. If you’ve been charged with OVI, it’s likely you will have to contact or visit the clerk.  You can access their site to learn about court fees, e-filing, and gain access to public records. 

Licking County Court of Common Pleas – Most DUI/OVI cases are handled at Licking County’s Court of Common Pleas. The court handles felony trial cases including some serious misdemeanors such as operating while under the influence. Visit their site to read up on their docket, judges and local rules of the court. 


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Additional Resources 

Administrative License Suspension Info – Visit the official website for the Bureau of Motor Vehicle to read up on their information regarding administrative license suspensions. Access the site to learn the why your license was suspended, the suspension terms, juvenile and CDL suspensions as well as additional fees to regain your driving privileges.

Ohio’s OVI Laws – Visit the official website for the Ohio Revised Code to learn more about their statutes regarding operating a vehicle under the influence. Access the laws to learn what constitutes a person to be under the influence, the penalties and admissible defenses.


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OVI Licking County Lawyer in Ohio

If you or someone you know has been charged with OVI in the Licking County area, contact Joslyn Law Firm. We have years of experience with DUI cases ranging from “low test” first timers to vehicular manslaughter. No case is too big or demanding for us, so call today. 

You can contact us at (513) 339-6289 to set up your first consultation on us. There we will sit with you and discuss your charges in detail. Joslyn Law Firm practices throughout Licking County including Newark, Pataskala, Granville, Heath and Johnstown.


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This article was last updated on July 31, 2019.

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