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Driving with a Suspended License in Ohio

Driving with a suspended license in Ohio is against the law and considered a serious criminal offense. In Ohio, there are hundreds of individuals who are charged and convicted with driving with a suspended license. The privilege of driving is something that is easy for anyone to take for granted. The ease and convenience of getting in your vehicle to drive somewhere is not something most people think twice about. You may not realize how much you rely on your driver’s license until you do not have the option of driving.

Driving with a suspended license is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 4510.11) as anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads, highways, or private property used for public travel while their driver’s licensed is suspended.

Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License in Ohio

A driving with a suspended license charged carries serious penalties if convicted. If you are convicted for driving with a suspended license, you will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. This entails a maximum of 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Your driver’s license suspension will be extended, for a period which could last up to one year. This is considered a class seven suspension. You will also be responsible for paying a BMV reinstatement fee when your suspension ends.

If your driver’s license was suspended for failing to appear in court or failing to pay a fine, you will be convicted for an unclassified misdemeanor. This entails paying additional fines up to $1,000 and completing up to 500 hours of community service.

If you are facing your second or more driving with a suspended license conviction within the past three years, you will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. This entails a maximum of 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Your driver’s license suspension will also be extended, for a period which could last up to one year. This is considered a class seven suspension. This entails paying additional fines up to $1,000 and completing up to 500 hours of community service.

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, if this is your first driving with a suspended license offense, you may be subject to having your vehicle immobilized for 30 days and your license plates impounded for 30 days. If you are facing your second conviction of driving with a suspended license, your vehicle will be immobilized for 60 days and your license plates will be impounded for 60 days.

A third driving with a suspended license conviction will result in your vehicle being possessed by law enforcement.

Possible Explanations for Driver’s License Suspensions

There are a number of different explanations for why your driver’s license might be suspended in Ohio. Every case is different based on the severity of the facts and circumstances involved. The following are examples of common reasons and explanations for why your driver’s license might be suspended:

  • Accumulating too many points on your driving record
  • Not passing a driving test
  • Any kind of DUI / OVI conviction
  • Neglecting to appear in court
  • Neglecting to pay fines or fees
  • Being convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, or manslaughter

If you are facing driving with a suspended license charges, it is imperative that you immediately contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys. A driving with a suspended license charge can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and you do not have to go through it alone. Although every case is different, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible who will fight vigorously for your legal rights and best interest. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better your options will be regarding your sentence. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense team has successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with driving with a suspended license. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.

Caught Driving with a Suspended Liscense in Ohio? Call LHA Today.

Criminal charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. You are probably worried about your freedoms and privileges being at stake and have a lot of questions. You can rest assured, because Cincinnati traffic lawyer Brad Groene is here for you. Get the justice that you deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at or email us at advice@cincinnaticriminalattorney.com.
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