For most people, the car is more than just a tool – it’s part of their livelihood. Indeed, many people would be unable to get to work, get groceries, pick up their kids, run errands, and more without a motor vehicle. Which is why the thought of a driver’s license suspension can be so scary. The reality is, though, that if you commit certain crimes or traffic offenses in Ohio, your driver’s license is up for suspension.
There are a number of reasons why your driver’s license may be suspended in Ohio. Sometimes, the suspension is a result of a certain type of criminal conviction, such as a conviction for a drug offense or a driving under the influence of alcohol (OVI in Ohio) charge. In other cases, a suspension may be automatic; your driver’s license will automatically be suspended if you refuse to submit to a blood or breath alcohol test, for example. You can also have your driver’s license suspended if you accumulate too many points on your driving record, or you commit another type of serious traffic offense, like driving without insurance.
Regardless of the reason that your driver’s license was suspended, you surely want to get it reinstated as fast as possible. The amount of time that your driver’s license will be suspended for is dependent on the reason that it was suspended in the first place. For example, accumulating too many points on your record will result in a six-month suspension. On the other hand, if you have your license suspended as a result of your refusal to submit to a blood or breath alcohol testing, the suspension is one year.
In all cases, you will need to serve the suspension period in order to get your license reinstated. In addition to that, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee, and show proof of insurance. In some cases–such as in the event of a 12-point suspension–you will also need to complete a remedial driving course, file a certificate of insurance, and retake the driver’s license exam.
There are a number of reasons why working with an attorney if you are facing a license suspension may benefit you. To begin, if you are charged with a crime and license suspension is a potential penalty, your attorney may be able to have this penalty waived, especially if you have proof that you need your vehicle for something important, such as getting to your job. Your attorney can also help you to understand reinstatement requirements, or assist you in asking for a special license that permits you to use your vehicle for certain activities only.
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