A DUI Means You Could Lose Your License!
In the state of Ohio, it is aper se offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. It is also a violation of the law to drive under the BAC threshold but impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
Should you be arrested and criminally charged with a DUI / OVI in Ohio, police notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the BMV suspends your license for six months. This is Administrative License Suspension (ALS), and under Ohio statutes, can occur whenever an officer has either reason to believe that you are impaired, should you test over the legal limit, or should you refuse to take the chemical test entirely.
Following this automatic suspension, individuals have 30 days to request a BMV hearing to contest suspension. If you do not request this hearing within the time allotted, you lose your right to contest ALS. While you do not have to request this hearing, and you do not have to attend the BMV in person, we recommend that you do both.
For a free legal consultation with a bmv hearing lawyer serving Columbus, call 614-675-4845
A BMV Hearing Does Not Affect Your DUI Charges
It is important to keep in mind that this hearing does not concern your criminal drunk driving charge. Instead, it focuses solely on driver’s license suspension. During the BMV hearing, your lawyer will be able to present evidence, as well as bring in witness testimony. If your license is suspended at this meeting, to regain your driving privileges, you will need to successfully serve the entire length of the suspension, pay the reinstatement fee, complete the Juvenile Driver Improvement Course if required and complete the driver license examination.
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Why Hire KBN for Your BMV Hearing?
If police stopped you and arrested you for drunk/drugged driving, you may be resigned to losing your license – don’t be! An OVI arrest or charge does not mean you are guilty. We have the experience you need to review your citation/charge and look for the best way to have the ALS either reversed entirely, terminated, or even temporarily lifted.
At KBN, we recognize that losing your driver’s license is a less-than-desirable situation. Contest suspension by contacting our law firm as soon as possible. We have the experience and skill you need to successfully present evidence at BMV hearings to secure optimal results for our clients.
We represent individuals throughout Central Ohio from our office in Columbus, such as: