Drunk Driving Under 21

Ohio, like every other state, requires that a person be 21 years of age before they can buy, possess, or consume alcohol.  Like many other states, Ohio has a “zero tolerance” law when it comes to drunk driving under age 21. A person under age 21 who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .02 will be charged with operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVUAC) and face up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine, and a 2 year driver’s license suspension.  

If the underage person refuses to submit to a chemical test, or does take a chemical test and has a BAC of .08 or greater, they will be charged with OVI and face the same penalties as anyone else.