Madison County OVI

Madison County is centrally located in Ohio nearing Franklin and Union County, Ohio. It’s known to be a smaller community with a population of only 43,435 according to the 2010 census bureau. While Madison County is relatively quiet, it has received an infamous reputation for speeding and traffic offenses by law enforcement. 

Law enforcement has continuously placed Madison County as number one for most speeding tickets 20mph or over the posted limit. This may be because Madison County spans both interstates 70 and 71 as they converge into Columbus. These factors have caused law enforcement to be on the lookout for people driving recklessly, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence, then it’s imperative you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney for help.  

OVI Attorney for Madison County in Ohio

Seeking legal representation for something as serious charges for operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI) can be incredibly stressful. You want the right representation equipped with the necessary resources and experience to fight for your rights. A great option is to contact the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm.

Our attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have represented numerous people for all types of OVI-related charges. We have had clients who are first time offenders with no criminal history to cases involving felonious DUI or vehicular manslaughter. No matter the circumstances, the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have your back. 

Call us now at (513) 339-6289 to schedule your first consultation absolutely free. Joslyn Law Firm represents people throughout the greater Madison County area including Delaware County, Franklin County, Union County, Clinton County and Butler County.

Overview of Madison County OVI in Ohio


DUI and OVI Statistics for Madison County, Ohio

The Ohio Highway Patrol collects and compiles data from local law enforcement annually. These statistics are gathered to construct infograms and patrol operational reports that detail any crime trends that have happened in Ohio’s counties. The following are some OVI statistics for Madison County. Take note, Madison County has a relatively small population so the numbers may seem minor. However, knowing the population size these numbers actually carry a significant impact.

In 2017, law enforcement reported the following numbers for Madison County. 

  • Madison County authorities reported up to 96 OVI-related arrests;
  • It was found that 27 people were injured because of a drunk driver; and
  • 4 people perished due to a DUI incident.

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

  • There were 100 DUI-related arrests;
  • Law enforcement conducted two checkpoints in the county;
  • It was recorded that 39 people were injured as a result of a DUI; and
  • 1 person unfortunately died as a result of a DUI accident

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Major Highways and State Roads in Madison County, Ohio

Ohio residents utilize freeways to commute, travel and navigate their daily lives. In Madison County, the highways are especially important because they converge into the Columbus area nearby. Therefore, many Madison County residents and visitors use their highways to visit what Columbus has to offer. This also means law enforcement keep a special tab on those highways in case they spot any drunken drivers.

The following are some highways and state roads for Madison County, Ohio.

  • Interstate 70 (I-70);
  • Interstate 71 (I-71);
  • S. Route 40 (US 40);
  • S. Route 42 (US 42);
  • Ohio State Route 29 (SR 29);
  • Ohio State Route 38 (SR 38);
  • Ohio State Route 41 (SR 41);
  • Ohio State Route 56 (SR 56);
  • Ohio State Route 142 (SR 142);
  • Ohio State Route 161 (SR 161);
  • Ohio State Route 187 (SR 187);
  • Ohio State Route 323 (SR 323); and
  • Ohio State Route 665 (SR 665);

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Summary of OVI Penalties for Madison 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


Ohio is unique as it has different penalties for a “low” BAC and a “high” BAC. Under the Ohio Revised Code, a “high test” BAC result includes one of the following:

  • 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

A “low test” result, on the other hand, 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

The term ‘refusal’ refers to when a person doesn’t comply with an officer’s request to submit to chemical testing. This is due to implied consent laws which state you must submit to chemical testing by law enforcement if you are using public roads. Refusing to do so will result in an administrative license suspension. It is an entirely different suspension term than if the judge court-ordered your suspension. In fact, it can be added on top of your court suspension if you don’t have it overturned by a hearing at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. 


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DUI Resources in Madison County, Ohio

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles handles administrative license suspensions when it comes to people who refused chemical DUI testing by a police officer. Thankfully, you can fight back by filing a request for a hearing to contest the suspension. This must be done quickly, however, and it’s highly suggested you bring legal representation. 

Driver’s Intervention Programs – Ohio requires people convicted of OVI to complete a mandatory three-day jail term. To avoid this, you can see if you qualify for a Driver’s Intervention Program (DIP). The program teaches traffic safety and what happens to your body when you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Madison County Clerk of Courts – The Madison County Clerk oversees all the paperwork associated with both civil and criminal cases. You may need to visit the Clerk to gain access to records, file important documents and request necessary forms. Visit their site to review their fees, how to e-file something and other important information.

Madison County Court of Common Pleas – Felonies and certain misdemeanors including DUI charges have jurisdiction at the Madison County Court of Common Pleas. You can access the court’s website to see their specialty courts, local rules and look up their docket. 


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Additional Resources 

Ohio State Patrol Statistics – Visit the official website for the Ohio State Patrol to learn more about their statistics regarding operating a vehicle while under the influence. Access the site to look up the various count statistic for OVI, driving under suspension and other crimes.

Ohio’s Laws on DUI – Visit the official website for the Ohio Revised Code to look up information regarding the driving under the influence statute. Access their site to research into the penalties, local rules and look up their docket. 


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DUI Madison County Lawyer in Ohio

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, it’s imperative you seek an experienced attorney. You will need someone who understands the legal community, but also has your back. You can find that at Joslyn Law Firm. Our attorneys have been practicing defense for years and can use our skills for your case. 

Call us now at (513) 339-6289 to set up your first consultation free. We can sit with you and answer all your legal questions as well as come up with some resolutions. Joslyn Law Firm represents people throughout Madison County including London, West Jefferson and Choctaw Lake.


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This article was last updated on July 31, 2019.

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