Any person who operates a motor vehicle in Ohio is presumed to have given their “implied consent” to undergo testing to determine whether or not they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When a driver fails this test or refuses to undergo the test, then they are facing an administrative license suspension. It may be possible for an Ohio criminal defense attorney like the practitioners at Williams, Kratcoski, Griffin & Can, LLC to assist drivers who want to contest a license suspension.
Administrative License Suspension Circumstances
When a law enforcement officer pulls over a driver on suspicion of DUI or OVI, they are likely to request a test of the driver’s urine, breath or blood. These tests are designed to determine whether or not the driver was operating a vehicle while under the influence of an illegal amount of alcohol or with illicit drugs in their system. If the test shows that the driver was not over the legal limit and that they were not under the influence of drugs, then no administrative license suspension will be imposed.
However, a test that reveals a blood alcohol level that is over the legal limit or that the driver has taken illegal drugs will result in an immediate license suspension. The outcome is the same for the driver that refuses to consent to the testing. The suspension takes immediate effect, and this can have significant consequences for the driver.
The suspension can last anywhere from 90 days up to five years depending upon the circumstances. Before it ends, the driver will have to pay a reinstatement fee and provide proof of insurance. Most people cannot afford to be without their driving privileges for as long as five years, which is why they seek the assistance of an Ohio criminal defense attorney.
Contact a License Suspension Attorney Today!
The lawyers at Williams, Kratcoski, Griffin & Can, LLC help clients appeal Ohio administrative license suspensions. With their assistance, it may be possible to end the suspension or receive limited driving privileges. Contact our license suspension attorneys or call us at 330-673-3444 to set up an appointment.