Cincinnati OVI Jail Notes

A recent client reported back to us her observations about procedures when serving time at the Hamilton County Jail.  We hope to minimize our client’s exposure to jail time whenever possible, but sometimes the law does not provide a remedy other than jail.  

Here is her story:


 Anything you bring with you to court other than the following will be put into property.  Glasses, case for glasses (no metal), contacts with case (no solution) and bible.  

You may bring socks, underwear and a bra (no wire).  They must be white and new in its original packaging.  

You may also bring cash with you to be applied to your books.  Property can be delivered to the visiting desk in the South Building of the Justice Center, Tuesday thru Friday, between the hours of noon and 7pm.  

You must bring a valid ID when dropping off property.  Medications must be current and in their prescription bottle.  

Narcotics are not permitted and in this situation you would be required to detoxify. The jail uses Tramadol and Tylenol 3 to treat pain.

 Books are available for you to read at the Justice Center.  You may also have them sent to you although they must be shipped directly from the company.  

Not all book stores participate in this program.  The jail suggested

 Cash and credit card deposits may be made to an inmate’s account through a kiosk located in the lobby of the North Building of the Justice Center.  All deposits post immediately to the inmate’s account for use in the commissary and a fee does apply for the use of the kiosk.  

When applying funds to an account, you must deposit a minimum of $5.00 and a maximum of $800.  Money may also be placed on your books by going to  

This website is very easy to use.  There is also a fee for this service and funds post immediately.  See the fee schedule below.  

You may otherwise mail in a money order (no checks accepted).  All mail and money orders should be addressed to:



            900 SYCAMORE STREET

            CINCINNATI, OHIO  45202


Amount               Fee

$0.00 – $25.00                     $1.00 + 3.0000%

$25.01 – $100.00                $2.00 + 3.0000%

$100.01 – $200.00              $3.00 + 3.0000%

$200.01 and up                  $4.00 + 3.0000%

Hopefully you will be able to avoid an experience in jail.  However, if you cannot, hopefully this advanced information will make your required stay less stressful.

And remember, if you or a family member has been arrested for DUI in the Cincinnati Area – including: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, and Greene Counties – call me, ROBERT HEALEY, or one of my associates at 513.333.0014.  We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because now is the perfect time to put a team that includes a FORMER POLICE OFFICER and a FORMER PROSECUTOR to work….for you!

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