WOOSTER -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol has charged an Ashland woman with operating a vehicle under the influence, her 8th offense.
According to the Wooster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a press release dated Sunday, Jessica Annamae Johnson, was arrested on US-30 in East Union Township at 12:19 a.m. in Wayne County.
Johnson is scheduled to appear in Wayne County Municipal Court Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m.
According to the Tyack Law Firm, the legal consequences of multiple OVI / DUI convictions in Ohio are very serious, and can severely damage both your personal and professional life. It is important that you contact an experienced Columbus OVI attorney to understand the legal ramifications of OVI / DUI repeat offenses in Ohio.
OVI / DUI “Look-Back” Period in Ohio
Under Ohio law, a prosecutor is permitted to “look back” through the last 10 years of the criminal history of a person charged with an OVI / DUI offense in Ohio to see how many OVI / DUI offenses they have been convicted of within that time period. These additional OVI / DUI convictions can be used to enhance the penalties of a person charged with an OVI / DUI in Ohio, even if any or all of the prior OVI / DUI convictions occurred in another state.
If a person charged with an OVI / DUI refused to submit to a requested chemical test, then the prosecutor is permitted to “look back” through the last 20 years of the offender’s criminal history and use any OVI / DUI convictions within that time period to enhance the penalties of a person charged with an OVI / DUI offense in Ohio.
If an alleged offender has already been sentenced to a felony OVI / DUI, then any subsequent OVI / DUI offense will be treated as a second felony OVI / DUI — regardless of timeframe.
Notably, it is a fourth-degree felony offense where a person has been convicted of their sixth OVI / DUI offense in 20 years.