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 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

If you Fail the Test

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

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.

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