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Two OVIs in one day for an Ohio woman

Being arrested for an OVI in Ohio is a bad idea. A second OVI offense is even worse, as the potential penalties increase. OVI is defined as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than 0.08 if you are age 21 or older. If you are arrested with a BAC of greater than 0.08 but under 0.17, you could spend three days in jail or be ordered into a driver intervention program, be fined up to $1,075 and have your license suspended up to 3 years.

Now, what happens if you are arrested for an OVI with a BAC of 0.371 in the morning and then a second time in the afternoon with a BAC of 0.385? Nothing good. A Ravenna woman was stopped twice in one day in Streetsboro and charged with two OVIs based on these BACs.

It was not clear if she had any prior OVIs in Ohio, but it is unlikely that prosecutors or judges will be inclined to be lenient with her, even if these were her first and second OVI offenses. Given her second arrest occurred with a BAC at a level that would make many comatose, it is likely her ability to operate a vehicle at all suggests she may have a long-term alcohol abuse problem.

It is possible prosecutors will ask for significant jail time, but if she suffers from an alcohol addiction, jail time is unlikely to have much effect on her addiction and it would not be surprising if she were to reoffend soon after a release, no matter how long her sentence.

For those with substance abuse problems, jail or prison is a band-aid that masks the real issue and merely defers treating the cause of the arrests. A better option would be a meaningful treatment program that could allow her to avoid abusing alcohol.

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