Driving under the influence after a night out is a mistake that can have serious long-term consequences.
A conviction of an OVI can lead to penalties including criminal charges, jail time and paying considerable fines. These penalties can also lead to a suspended license, and losing your driving privileges can be one of the most frustrating penalties to deal with in the long run. It can be a significant obstacle in your professional life, preventing you from getting to work and providing for your family.
How can you get your driving privileges back?
There are usually three steps to regain your license after an OVI in Ohio:
- Serve the full suspension period: This period generally ranges from 90 days to five years, depending on the circumstances of the charges, such as if the driver faces multiple OVI offenses or they refused a chemical test. In some cases, it is possible for drivers to obtain limited driving privileges, but they will still have to serve the entire suspension period before applying for reinstatement.
- Pay a fee: When reinstating a suspended license and driving privileges, you must pay a fee of $475. This is on top of the other fines and financial penalties the charges might bring.
- Prove you have insurance: Reinstating your license also requires you to provide proof of insurance. There are several ways that you can provide this proof to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, but it must be current coverage.
You must meet all of these requirements before you can restore your driving privileges and get back behind the wheel.
Remember: Do not drive on a suspended license
It is critical to note that during the suspension period, you should not drive on a suspended license. It might be tempting to do this, especially if you must get somewhere as soon as possible, but driving on a suspended license could result in:
- Misdemeanor charges on your record
- Up to 180 days of jail time
- Paying a $1,000 fine
Taking this risk could increase the penalties you face – as well as the inconvenience in your personal life. That is why it is essential to understand all of these risks proactively, so you can protect your rights against OVI charges or the resulting consequences.