It is always dangerous to get behind the wheel of a car when you’re under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. That’s why the state of Ohio takes driving under the influence, or, as it’s called in Ohio, operating a vehicle while impaired, very seriously. By learning about implied consent, you can determine what your next steps should be if you were charged with an OVI.
What Is Implied Consent?
Ohio is an implied consent state. This means that it’s assumed you gave your consent to undergo BAC chemical testing. Without taking a BAC test, you might be charged with an OVI impaired, and with one, you could be charged with an OVI impaired along with an OVI per se if your BAC is above .08, which is the legal limit. You could face steeper penalties if your BAC is very high.
What to Do if You Get Pulled Over for an OVI
If the police suspect you are driving under the influence, and they pull you over, you need to be polite to the police and do what they say. While you can give the officer basic information like your name and address, you should not volunteer information like whether or not you’ve been drinking. You do not need to do roadside tests like walking in a straight line or balancing on one foot. If the police officer asks you to take a BAC test, then you should not refuse. If you get charged with an OVI, contact an attorney ASAP.
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