Ohio OVI Law – What is the Driver’s Intervention Program?
This is a brief overview of Ohio's Driver's Intervention Programs. These programs are geared towards those convicted of OVI.
In short,the Driver’s Intervention Program (DIP) is a statutorily created program that allows individuals to spend 3 consecutive days in program housing rather than 3 consecutive days in the county jail. The first step to be eligible for a visit to a DIP is to be charged with, and convicted of, Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence (OVI).
What else is there?If you’ve just been charged with an OVI in Ohio and have not yet contacted an attorney, it’s imperative that you do so immediately.
A conviction of simple OVI in Ohio results in a mandatory minimum period of 3 days incarceration. However, once a person has been found guilty of OVI the sentencing judge has been granted the authority to sentence that person to 3 days in a licensed Driver’s Intervention Program.
The official statutory definition of DIP is “a program of screening, education, and referral for individuals who are arrested or convicted of operation of a vehicle or water craft under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse under section 4511.19 or 1547.11 of the Revised Code or a substantially similar municipal ordinance or other alcohol-related traffic statute or ordinance.” ORC 5122-29-12. The same section outlines the licensure procedure an entity must follow before being able to offer DIP throughout the state.
Driver’s Intervention Programs are often held in hotels with conference room availability. Throughout the 3 days you’ll spend at the program you will not be permitted to leave the facility grounds. Most entities offering DIP give clients the ability to choose between group and private rooms. These programs can cost over $500.00 to attend, so those convicted of OVI and interested in limiting financial impact may consider spending the 3 days in the county jail.
After the DIP program, it is possible that clients are referred to further outpatient treatment. If that’s the case, most judges will adopt that recommendation and order the person convicted of OVI attend the follow up treatment as a condition of probation. Those who successfully complete the DIP program should also received a Certificate of Completion. It’s important to keep a copy of this for your records. In some limited cases, a person may need to prove to the court that the DIP program was completed.