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How does an OVI impact my driver’s license in Ohio?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2023 | criminal defense

In Ohio, an OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) conviction can significantly impact your driver’s license and driving privileges. This impact can be both immediate and long-term.

Here’s what you should know about how an OVI can affect your driver’s license in Ohio.

License suspension

One of the most immediate impacts of an OVI conviction in Ohio is the suspension of your driver’s license. Upon arrest for an OVI, your license will be suspended immediately if you refuse to take a chemical test or your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit. The length of the suspension can vary depending on the circumstances, such as whether it’s your first offense or a repeat offense.

Limited driving privileges

You may be eligible for limited driving privileges if your license is suspended due to an OVI conviction. These privileges allow you to drive for specific reasons, such as going to work or attending medical appointments. However, these privileges are limited and require the approval of the court.

Restricted plates and ignition interlock devices

In some cases, the court may order you to use restricted license plates or an ignition interlock device (IID) as a condition of your limited driving privileges or as part of your sentence. Restricted license plates indicate that you have been convicted of an OVI and can impact your ability to drive for work or personal reasons. An IID is a device installed in your car that requires you to take a breath test before starting the engine. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, the vehicle will not start.

Costly reinstatement requirements

You will need to meet certain requirements to reinstate your license after an OVI conviction. These may include completing a driver’s intervention program, paying fines and fees and installing an IID if the court orders. The requirements can vary depending on the circumstances of your case and whether it’s your first offense or a repeat offense.

Points on your driving record

An OVI conviction in Ohio will also result in points on your driving record. Points can lead to increased insurance rates and may impact your ability to obtain certain types of employment that require driving.

Suspension or revocation

In addition to the immediate impact of a license suspension, an OVI conviction can also result in long-term license suspension or revocation. For example, if you have multiple OVI convictions within a certain period, your license may be suspended for an extended time or even permanently revoked.

An OVI conviction in Ohio can have significant and long-lasting impacts on your driver’s license and driving privileges. If you are facing OVI charges, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options and navigate the legal process.

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