Columbus OVI License Suspension Attorney
15 Mar
Author: Colin Maher
Date: 2016-03-15
Categories: Traffic

How Long Will My License Be Suspended After an OVI Conviction?

Losing the ability to drive without restrictions is one of the harsher penalties for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) in Ohio. One reason for this is that an administrative license suspension or a court-ordered suspension applies to any commercial driver’s licenses a person holds and to their personal license. Losing a CDL can mean losing one’s job.

Also, a suspension for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs starts with a mandatory period during which the person cannot legally drive at all. Limited driving privileges can be reinstated, but that requires filing for privileges. A criminal court judge rules on reinstatement of privileges to drive to school, work, health care and counseling appointments, and court appearances.

Defending yourself against an impaired driving charge with the help of a Columbus OVI license suspension attorney can help you retain your full driving privileges. If you get convicted, you face the following potential penalties:

OVI Conviction Within a Six-Year Period

Court-Ordered Suspension

No Driving Privileges

1st

6 months to 3 years

15 days

2nd

1 year to 5 years

45 days

3rd

2 years to 10 years

180 days

4th or more

3 years to life

3 years

Be aware that a court-ordered suspension takes the place of any administrative suspension made at the time of the arrest for drunk or drugged driving. Two reasons that a police officer can seize and suspend a driver’s license are refusal to submit breath, blood, and urine samples for laboratory testing or testing over the legal limit after submitting your sample.

Refusing to submit a sample is not a separate criminal offense, but it will result in a license suspension and can make the penalties for an OVI conviction much harsher if you have prior OVI offenses.

If you refuse to submit to the chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, the resulting suspension will be as follows:

Refusal/Offense Within Six-Year Period

Suspension

No Driving Privileges

1st

1 year

30 days

2nd

2 years

90 days

3rd

3 years

1 year

4th or more

5 years

3 years

A Columbus OVI license suspension attorney with The Maher Law Firm can discuss all of these possibilities and provide advice on various defenses. We will also help you appeal an administrative suspension if it has been less than 30 days since your DUI arrest. To schedule a free consultation, call (614) 205-2208 or connect with us online.

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