Could Ohio’s Driver Intervention Program keep you out of jail?

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2022 | Criminal Defense

When an Ohio traffic stop leads to a conviction of operating a vehicle impaired, you may have valid fears about having to spend some time behind bars. Even first-time OVI offenders have to spend a minimum of three days in jail after a conviction for driving under the influence – unless they gain entry into Ohio’s Driver Intervention Program.

Per the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Driver Intervention Program gives some OVI offenders an option that allows them to avoid spending time behind bars. Instead, they have a chance to enroll in a two- or three-day program targeted at educating them and helping them avoid reoffending in the future.

Who may enroll in the Driver Intervention Program

You may be able to gain entry into the Driver Intervention Program if it is your first time facing an OVI charge. However, it is up to the court to consider whether to admit you into the program, and it may consider a wide variety of factors when making this decision.

What to expect in the Driver Intervention Program

If you gain entry into Ohio’s Driver Intervention Program, know that most host their activities at a local hotel. Once there, expect to take part in traffic safety and substance abuse education classes. If program administrators believe you have the potential to continue to drive under the influence, they may recommend that you undergo an additional treatment assessment at the program’s conclusion.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services certifies and oversees the state’s Driver Intervention Program. There is a fee associated with program participation.