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OVI License Suspension in Ohio

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If you were arrested and charged with an OVI in Ohio, you run the risk of having your license suspended for a specific amount of time as punishment. Driving privileges are important to our clients and DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder understand how important it is to drive to conduct day-to-day activities, such as commuting to and from work. Not having your license can make life difficult, which is why our Akron criminal defense attorneys are committed to helping you get back on the road as soon as possible.

Administrative License & Court Suspensions

There are two types of license suspensions associated with Ohio OVI cases: administrative license suspension (ALS) and court-ordered suspension after conviction.

ALS is imposed under two circumstances: (1) if a driver refuses a blood/breath/urine test and (2) if a driver takes a blood/breath/urine test and the result is at or over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The ALS is imposed by the arresting officer on behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The length of the ALS depends on the number of times (within the past six years) the driver refused a test or has been convicted of OVI.

The following are the administrative license suspension periods if you “refuse” the test:

  • First refusal – Maximum suspension period of one year (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in 30 days)
  • Second refusal – Maximum suspension period of two years (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in 90 days)
  • Third refusal– Maximum suspension period of three years (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in one year)
  • Fourth or subsequent refusal – Maximum suspension period of five years (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in three years)

The following are the ALS periods if you “fail” the test:

  • First offense – Maximum suspension period of 90 days (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in 15 days)
  • Second offense – Maximum suspension period of one year (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in 45 days)
  • Third offense – Maximum suspension period of two years (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in 180 days)
  • Fourth of subsequent offense – Maximum suspension period of three years (eligible to obtain limited driving privileges in three years)

A court suspension is imposed by a judge as a mandatory part of the sentence if an individual is found guilty of OVI in Ohio. Again, the length of the potential court suspension depends on a number of times in the last six years the driver has been convicted of OVI.

Possible court suspension sentences include:

  • First-offense OVI – License suspension between six months and three years
  • Second-offense OVI – License suspension ranging from one year to five years
  • Third-offense OVI – License suspension between two years and ten years
  • Felony OVI – License suspension ranging from three years to life

Call (330) 787-9841 to Discuss Your Legal Options Today

If you are worried about the impact of an OVI license suspension, you may want to appeal the ALS and contest your OVI case with the help of our Akron OVI lawyers. With more than 85 years of experience, we possess the extensive knowledge of Ohio OVI law to guide you through the intricacies of the legal system. Let us protect your rights and future immediately.

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