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Ohio’s OVI Forfeiture Law: Can I Sell My Car Before It Gets Forfeited?

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Ohio’s OVI Forfeiture Law: Can I Sell My Car Before It Gets Forfeited?

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Under Ohio’s OVI forfeiture law, you are not permitted to sell your car if it is subject to forfeiture.  Ohio’s OVI forfeiture law is set forth at R.C. 4511.19(G)(1)(b), (c), (d) and (e) and R.C. 4503.233.  Ohio’s OVI forfeiture law applies only when:

  • the vehicle is registered to the offender;
  • the vehicle was used in the incident;
  • it is the offender’s 3rd OVI conviction within 6 years;
  • it is the offenders 4th or more OVI conviction within 6 years OR 6 within 20years;
  • the offender has a prior felony OVI conviction

In any of these situations, if the title to the motor vehicle that is subject to an order of criminal forfeiture under R.C. 4511.19(G)(1)(c), (d), or (e) and R.C. 4503.234(B)(2) or (3) is assigned or transferred, the court in addition to any other penalty, may fine the offender the value of the vehicle as determined by publications of the National Auto Dealers Association. See R.C. 4511.195(G)(6).  Ohio’s OVI forfeiture law is harsh and provides a court with very little discretion in enforcing the forfeiture.

OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio and protecting you.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Ohio’s OVI forfeiture law information and other city-specific info at the following links:

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Charles Rowland


Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 20 years. Contact him at (937) 318-1384 if you find yourself facing a DUI (now called OVI) charge.

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