OVI/DUI/DWI Probation Options for Judges


Almost all individuals charged with OVI/DUI will receive "Community Control" commonly referred to as "Probation". Community Control is the branch of the Court that monitors a defendant's whereabouts, activities, and their arrest record for new charges. Each defendant is assigned a Probation Officer. Community Control is for a definite period of time during which a defendant must abide by certain restrictions imposed by the Court. Community Control for a first offender OVI/DUI defendant can be up to 2 years, and as many as 5 years for repeat offenders. If the defendant fails to meet all the terms and conditions of community control and/or is charged with a new traffic offense or crime, the Probation Officer will file a "Statement of Violations" with the Court requesting that the defendant be re-sentenced on the original case.


The Court may impose a number of terms and conditions for OVI/DUI/DWI Community Control, including but not limited to:

  • No new OVI/DUI/DWI or serious traffic arrests;

  • Alcohol Assessment and/or Follow Up Alcohol Counseling;

  • Random Urine Screening;

  • Restricting the operation of a vehicle to certain days and times;

  • No future "Refusals" of blood, breath, or urine tests if arrested for DUI;

  • Pay fines and court costs on time;

  • Attend and complete a 3-day Driver's Intervention Program;

  • Attend MADD's Victim Impact Panel;

  • No failure to meet with probation officer;

  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock as a condition of driving privileges;

  • Continuous Alcohol Monitor (ankle bracelet);

  • Travel restrictions;

  • House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring (not available in all Ohio counties);

  • Work-Release (not available in all Ohio counties);

  • Community Service (20 to 100 hours is the average range).

Whether you are accused of driving while intoxicated, aggravated vehicular homicide or simply speeding you have rights that need to be protected. If you are charged with any of the above offenses, please call 216.225.9181, Email or use the contact form to schedule an initial consultation.