In Ohio, prior DUI convictions stay on a criminal record for six years after the conviction when penalties for multiple DUIs are assessed, according to Nolo. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles also states that DUI convictions stay on a driver's record for six years with regards to suspension of driving privileges. Offenders with multiple convictions within six years face more severe penalties under Ohio law.
First offenders for DUI in Ohio do not have a required minimum jail term. Nolo explains that second-time offenders face a minimum of 10 days in jail, and three offenses within six years is a minimum of 30 days in jail. According to the Ohio BMV, first-time DUIs require a suspension of driving privileges as determined by the court. After serving time without driving, motorists pay a reinstatement fee and show proof of insurance to have driving privileges again.
Drivers 21 and older are legally drunk when their blood-alcohol content is 0.08 percent or greater. For drivers under 21, the upper limit for underage drinkers is 0.02 percent. Minors are convicted of a lesser charge of Operating a Vehicle After Underage Consumption in Ohio, according to DMV.org. Contesting DUI charges is possible, but drivers must prove the arresting officer did not request a blood alcohol test, the officer failed to tell the suspect the consequences of refusing to take a blood alcohol test, the suspect did not fail the test, or the officer did not have grounds for a DUI arrest.