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Driving without a Valid Operator’s License in Ohio

Driving without a valid operator’s license in Ohio is a serious criminal offense that is not punished lightly if convicted. Regardless of whether you know how to drive or operate a motor vehicle, it is illegal to do so without a valid license. The purpose of requiring all motor vehicle driver’s to have a valid driver’s license is to ensure that only those who are capable of driving are allowed on the road. Driver’s education and training are mandatory steps before driver’s licenses are issued so that unsafe drivers are kept off the road.

Driving without a license is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 4510.12) as anyone who operates a motor vehicle on a public road, highway or private road intended for public use without a valid driver’s license.

Penalties for Driving Without a License in Ohio

If you are convicted for driving without a valid driver’s license and you have never been licensed, you will be charged with an unclassified misdemeanor. This entails the completion of up to 500 community service hours and fines up to $1,000.

If you are convicted for subsequent driving without a valid driver’s license offenses, you will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. This is punished by up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for driving without a valid driver’s license and your license is expired, you will be charged with a minor misdemeanor. This entails up to $150 in fines.

If you are convicted for three or more driving without a valid driver’s license offenses in three years, you will be charged with  a fist degree misdemeanor. This is punished by up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

If you are facing driving without a valid driver’s license charges, it is imperative that you immediately contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys. A driving without a valid driver’s 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 without a valid driver’s license. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.

Caught Driving Without a Valid Operator’s License in Ohio? Don’t delay. 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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