If you have been arrested for driving under the influence or a related offense, it is likely that your privilege to drive has been suspended. This suspension is called an implied consent suspension and is also referred to as an administrative license suspension. The period of suspension imposed as well as your ability to get driving privileges will vary depending on if you have any prior related offenses and whether you refuse or you fail the chemical test. The following charts give a brief overview of the suspension periods.
|Refusals / Offenses in 10 years||Length of Suspension||Driving Privileges||Restricted Plates||Interlock|
|1st||1 year||After 30 days||Optional||Optional|
|2nd||2 years||After 90 days||Optional||Optional|
|3rd||3 years||After 1 year||Optional||Optional|
|4 or more||5 years||After 3 years||Optional||Optional|
|Offenses in 10 years||Length of Suspension||Driving Privileges||Restricted Plates||Interlock|
|1st||90 days||After 15 days||Optional||Optional|
|2nd||1 year||After 45 days||Optional||Optional|
|3rd||2 years||After 180 days||Optional||Required if alcohol|
|4 or more||3 years||After 3 years||Optional||Required if alcohol|
An experienced Columbus DUI defense attorney should help you appeal this suspension and get you driving privileges when possible. The grounds for the appeal must be brought to the courts attention in a timely fashion so don’t miss your opportunity. For more information on Columbus Ohio DUI license suspensions, contact a lawyer from The Maher Law Firm at (614) 205-2208.