Non-commercial drivers in Ohio who have a blood alcohol level over .08 are legally drunk. (Generally, this is equivalent to three drinks an hour for women and four drinks an hour for men, although this estimation varies widely according to age, body type, and alcohol use experience.)
To determine the blood alcohol level of drivers arrested for OVIs, Ohio’s implied consent law requires them to undergo chemical testing. It’s up to the officer to decide what type of test to administer if he suspects you of drunk driving: blood, breath, or urine. You may, however, be suspended for one year if you refuse to take the test.
Across the country, police officers use three main field sobriety tests when making DUI arrests and stops:
- You will be asked to walk nine steps in a straight line, heel to toe, and turn around to walk back the same way without using your arms to balance
- You will be asked to stand on one leg with the other leg six inches off the ground.
- Testing for horizontal gaze nystagmus – The officer will stand in front of you and move an object for you to follow with your eyes
Additionally, there are other tests available, but each has its own shortcomings and potential for misleading results.
It is also possible to be charged with an OVI in Ohio if you have a certain concentration of amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, methamphetamine, or PCP in your body.