There are many reasons a driver’s license can be suspended in Ohio. Just like in any state, being caught driving with a suspended license means facing criminal charges. Unfortunately, license suspension often places significant hardship on the defendant’s lifestyle, since you may have trouble getting to work, school and caring for family without driving privileges. If your license was suspended or you were accused of a traffic violation, contact our criminal defense lawyer at the Comunale Law Office to discuss your case. 

Reasons for License Suspension in Ohio

For most people, giving up their ability to drive legally isn’t realistic. Many people need to drive in their everyday lives, which is why driving with a suspended license is quite common. Your license can be suspended if you are convicted of certain criminal convictions, traffic violations and other civil matters. For instance, you could be subject to suspension if you: 

  • Are found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Refuse to submit to an alcohol test in violation of the implied consent statutes of the state
  • Are found guilty of reckless driving
  • Receive too many points on your traffic record, or 
  • Fail to make child support payments

The above are only a few possible reasons a license may be suspended or revoked. There are many other situations that can cause you to lose your driver’s license, so contact an attorney immediately if your driving privileges are at risk. Working with a knowledgeable lawyer can increase the chances of an outcome that is favorable to your best interests. 

Reinstating a Driver’s License

The length of time for your driver’s license suspension depends on factors pertinent to your specific circumstances. Typically, once the suspension period has ended, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee (and meet other requirements) in order to drive legally. 

Criminal Charges for Driving While Suspended

In Ohio, driving with a suspended license is considered a misdemeanor. Usually, the conviction involves first-degree misdemeanor charges that have several potential consequences. A misdemeanor charge can result in a 180-day prison sentence and fines of up to $1,000. If you are convicted of a traffic violation of this nature, you might also face an extended suspension period. 

Subsequent convictions that occur within three years of the initial conviction can also lead to the state relinquishing your license plates to be impounded. You will not receive your license plates until your driver’s license has been reinstated by the DMV. Contacting a criminal defense attorney is vital to pursuing the outcome you need. 

Seek Help If You Were Charged With Driving on a Suspended License

Anyone caught driving on a suspended license in Ohio is at risk of jail time, costly fines and even an extended period of suspension. Comunale Law Office provides unwavering support in your time of need. Our criminal defense lawyers are highly familiar with Ohio’s traffic laws and can help you explore possible resolutions. Contact us today for a consultation.