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Suspended Driver’s License in Ohio

What do you do if you have a suspended driver’s license in Ohio? The solution starts with determining what event caused the driver’s license to be suspended. Once the cause is determined, one may be able to figure out the reinstatement requirements. It is also important to know what can happen if one is convicted of driving under a suspended driver’s license. Ohio BMV’s website can be found on my links page, along with a number of other important links.


How does one’s driver’s license get suspended in Ohio? A judge can order the suspension as part of your sentence for a crime. Such crimes include drug possession, drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, OVI, hit-skip, fleeing and eluding, or driving under suspension. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) imposes suspensions for failure to show proof of insurance either during a traffic stop or after random selection by the BMV to show proof of insurance. This suspension is known as a non-compliance suspension and is covered under Ohio’s Financial Responsibility Act.


Accumulating twelve points on your driving record during a two year period results in a suspension by the BMV. Points are imposed for moving violations by the BMV, which includes OVI and most speeding offenses. A security suspension can be imposed by the BMV if one causes an accident with damages of $400 or more without insurance. An administrative license suspension is imposed if one refuses a chemical test or tests over the legal limit for alcohol after being arrested for OVI.


The BMV site can be used to review the status of your driver’s license and reinstatement requirements. The Ohio BMV office can print out your driver’s license abstract showing your record. Reinstatement requirements can include paying reinstatement fees, taking a driver’s examination, and purchasing an SR-22 bond.


Until you are able to reinstate your driver’s license, you may have other options. You can apply for driving privileges for work, medical, education and/or vocational purposes. If cannot afford the reinstatement fees, you may be able to get a valid driver’s license if you enter into and comply with a payment plan for your reinstatement fees. In order to do so, you must meet all the program requirements, including not having any other pending suspensions and showing proof of insurance


To learn more, read my other related posts, where I wrote about how a driver’s license is not necessary for non-motor vehicles, adult sentences in juvenile cases, factors affecting an agreed sentence, changes to Ohio DUI laws, negligent entrustment, what to do when pulled over by the police, drug dogs, Ohio’s expanded rights in traffic stops, and expunging convictions. I have successfully defended individuals for both misdemeanor and felony offenses, as set forth in the case highlights section.


Attorney Gigiano’s office is located in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he serves as your Wadsworth traffic attorney in Medina County. His dedication to his client’s interests has earned positive reviews for Daniel Gigiano in numerous websites. His willingness to take on tough cases and work hard has also resulted in articles and links to his work. If you have questions about this or other questions you need answered by a Wooster traffic attorney near Orrville, Massillon traffic attorney near Doylestown, Ohio, or an Akron traffic lawyer near Barberton, please call Attorney Daniel F. Gigiano at 330-336-3330.