Ohio DUI License Suspension
If you are arrested for OVI in Ohio you face an automatic license suspension if you test over the legal limit or if you refuse to submit to a test of your blood, breath or urine. The automatic license suspension is at least 90 days for a first offense DUI in Ohio. You can challenge the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, but you have a very limited time to do so. If you are concerned about losing your drivers license and how it will affect your employment or other aspects of your life, you need to speak to an experienced DUI attorney like Peter Binning as soon as possible
If you refuse to provide a sample of your blood, breath, or urine after being arrested for a DUI in Ohio, or if you take the test and test over 0.17 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for breath, and the arrest was based on probable cause that you were operating a vehicle while intoxicated you face a one year license suspension for a first offense. You cannot be issued limited driving privileges until you have served at least 30 days of that suspension. You must apply to the court for limited driving privileges and you will only be allowed to drive for certain purposes approved by the court.
If you do take the blood, breath, or urine test and test .08 or higher you face a 90 day administrative license suspension for a first offense DUI in Ohio. You must serve at least 15 days of that administrative suspension before you may be eligible for limited driving privileges. As with a refusal, any limited driving privileges will be restricted to certain purposes such as medical, work, school, or other approved reasons.
Ohio police are permitted to randomly run the license plates of any vehicle operating on Ohio roads. If you are under a license suspension the officer will be notified of your suspension and may stop your vehicle even without proof you are the driver. If you are operating outside the scope of your limited driving privileges you will be arrested for driving under an OVI suspension which is a jailable offense in Ohio and many judges here see it as a more egregious offense than the underlying, original DUI. It is therefore highly recommended that you strictly follow all restrictions placed on you during your period of license suspension.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ohio please contact DUI defense attorney peter Binning immediately. You only have a limited time to challenge the automatic suspension of your driver’s license and that time period cannot be extended. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation.