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The Driver’s Intervention Program (DIP) In Ohio

My name is Steve Palmer. I am a criminal defense and OVI attorney in Columbus. I founded Palmer Legal Defense and have dedicated my legal practice to helping those who have found themselves tangled up in Ohio’s criminal court system. I don’t want one bad choice or mistake to define the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a drinking and driving offense, like operating a vehicle intoxicated (OVI) I can protect your rights and help you through the next steps.

An Alternative To Mandatory Jail Time

Ohio’s drinking and driving laws are harsh. On a basic first offense DUI or OVI, one of the mandatory penalties is three days in jail. This sounds severe (and it is meant to). But the law carves out an alternative – the Driver’s Intervention Program (DIP). Most Columbus and Ohio courts and judges permit first-time DUI offenders to serve their three days (72 Hours) of mandatory jail time in a DIP.

Years ago, these programs were conducted in an “institutional” setting at rehabilitation facilities. But they have evolved and become profitable businesses. Now most programs are conducted in local hotels. The participants must check in to their hotel and remain for 72 hours. During that time, there are various presentations about alcohol, alcohol abuse, and drinking and driving. The participants will also receive an individual evaluation for alcohol and/or substance abuse issues.

I have participated as a speaker at these programs and presented at several Columbus (and central Ohio) programs. They provide insight into various legal issues people face, even after their cases are resolved and closed. The cost of these programs varies depending on which program, whether the participant chooses a single room (extra cost), and various other circumstances. Generally, people should plan on $300.00 to $500.00 for the program.

What To Expect From A DIP

Ohio and Columbus law allows for a 72-hour program or three days in jail. Some judges let a person choose jail or the program, but many courts and judges now prefer (and even insist on) a DIP. The program operators work closely with the court system and participants can expect the program to share their evaluation results with the court and judge.

Based on feedback from former and current clients, the DIP is often viewed as inconvenient. But once completed, most feel that it “wasn’t that bad.” Many report a positive experience. I know that if you are facing an OVI charge, you probably have a lot of questions. I know that you are probably overwhelmed. I have over 25 years of experience and I have dedicated my legal practice to providing criminal defense. I can help you move forward from your OVI and this experience.

Do You Need A DUI Or An OVI Attorney?

I can help take the weight of an OVI off of your shoulders. I guide my clients through all of the next steps and help protect their rights throughout the criminal court proceedings. To schedule a consultation, call me at 614-224-6142. You can also reach out to me through my contact form.