Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney
DUI / OVI Testing Methods
There are two different testing methods for a DUI/OVI: a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and a Chemical Test.
What is a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST)?
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) involves three different evaluations:
An individual’s performance during these three evaluations is an indicator of their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and provides cause for a DUI/OVI arrest.
What is a Chemical Test?
Chemical Tests include portable breath testing, breath-testing, and blood and urine testing.
Under Ohio law, an individual can legally refuse this testing but there are consequences for a refusal.*
Consequences of Refusal?
In addition to having at least 6 points added to your license, an individual charged with a DUI/OVI who refuses testing will have their license suspended for the following duration:
*If you have been convicted of, or pled guilty to, 2 or more DUIs/OVIs in the past 6 years you cannot legally refuse testing.