Vehicle Forfeiture and Immobilization

Columbus and Delaware, Ohio DUI / OVI Attorney

If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI offense in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC. Attorney David Johnson will discuss the details of your case, how to protect your ability to drive and fight the charges against you. Contact Johnson Legal, LLC by calling (614) 987-0192 or sending an email to schedule a consultation.

Vehicle Forfeiture and Immobilization in Ohio

Depending upon the number of prior DUI / OVI convictions, a person may have their vehicle immobilized or forfeited. For a first DUI / OVI offense, the vehicle may be towed, but should be returned. The law in Ohio does not permit immobilization of the vehicle as a penalty for a first offense. Provided that the towing fees are paid and proof of insurance is shown, the vehicle should be released.

For a second DUI / OVI  offense within 6 years, the vehicle will be subject to a mandatory immobilization for 90 days and the license plates will be impounded. The vehicle cannot be driven during the period of immobilization.

For a third DUI / OVI offense within 6 years (or 5 within 20 years), the vehicle is subject to criminal forfeiture. The title to the vehicle is transferred to the government (i.e., the offender no longer owns the vehicle).

An exception applies for vehicle immobilization if a family or household member is dependent upon the vehicle. The court may grant a waiver of immobilization, which would allow the vehicle to be used by the family or household member. However, the court may require that the vehicle have restricted (i.e., yellow) license plates and not be operated by the offender.

DUI / OVI Attorney – Columbus and Delaware, Ohio

If you have been arrested for DUI / OVI in the Columbus or Delaware, Ohio areas, contact Johnson Legal, LLC to discuss your case. Attorney David Johnson is an experienced DUI / OVI attorney who will speak with you about the facts of your case and vigorously defend you and your ability to drive. Don’t face the serious consequences and repercussions of a DUI / OVI charge alone. Call Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation.