Driving Under Suspension in Ohio
Driving under suspension in Ohio can lead to serious consequences. Anyone who is convicted of this crime may be facing an extended suspension term while also being required to pay sizable fines. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney may mean receiving lesser penalties.
Ohio may suspend a driver’s license for many reasons. The most common of these is the accumulation of too many points on the driver’s license. Accruing 12 points within two years is generally the basis for suspending a driver’s privileges. A six-month suspension is common under these conditions, and the driver will have to apply for reinstatement of their privileges after the expiration of this term. Licenses also may be suspended for a DUI conviction and other serious, traffic-related offenses. The suspension term may be anywhere from 90 days to five years depending upon the situation and the driver’s prior record.
Penalties Offenders Can Face
With a suspended license, the driver is forbidden from driving for the prescribed term. Accordingly, driving under suspension is considered a relatively serious infraction that may be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor. Common penalties for a conviction include 180 days in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000. The driver may face additional penalties based upon the traffic infraction they committed at the time they were pulled over by the police and stemming from the reason why their license was suspended in the first place. With the possibility of the suspension term being extended, it is easy to see why driving under suspension is ill advised.
Take the First Step by Contacting Williams, Kratcoski & Can
Nonetheless, driving with a suspended license in Ohio is a relatively common charge. While it is easy to feel overwhelmed, it is sensible to seek legal advice that might help to improve your situation’s outlook. Having a consultation with experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys is a critical first step. Numerous defense strategies may be available in your case, and contacting Williams, Kratcoski & Can will enable you to explore each of these.
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