OVI/DUI License Suspension Attorney Columbus Ohio



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.

If you Refuse the Test

Refusals / Offenses in 10 yearsLength of SuspensionDriving PrivilegesRestricted PlatesInterlock
1st1 yearAfter 30 daysOptionalOptional
2nd2 yearsAfter 90 daysOptionalOptional
3rd3 yearsAfter 1 yearOptionalOptional
4 or more5 yearsAfter 3 yearsOptionalOptional

If you Fail the Test

Offenses in 10 yearsLength of SuspensionDriving PrivilegesRestricted PlatesInterlock
1st90 daysAfter 15 daysOptionalOptional
2nd1 yearAfter 45 daysOptionalOptional
3rd2 yearsAfter 180 daysOptionalRequired if alcohol
4 or more3 yearsAfter 3 yearsOptionalRequired if alcohol

Appeal Your Suspension

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.