Columbus Driving Under Suspension Attorney
The infrastructure of Central Ohio in built around highways and Ohioans traveling in vehicles. In fact, without a car, it is nearly impossible to get from one side Columbus to the other — unless you are able to walk miles to a bus stop and have the time to make multiple bus changes.
If you have a job, it is most likely imperative that you have the ability to drive. In fact, in some professions, such as sales or commercial driving, losing your license means losing your livelihood. Driving under suspension charges often follow.
Riddell Law has represented motorists throughout Columbus facing driving under suspension charges.
Douglas Riddell is a skilled traffic offense lawyer who knows how to navigate both the Ohio criminal justice system and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s administrative process.
For experienced advocacy and legal counsel regarding relief from your driving under suspension charge, contact Riddell Law. Mr. Riddell is committed to helping motorists fight their driving under suspension charges.
What Are the Penalties for Driving Under Suspension?
Driving under suspension is a serious offense in Ohio. It is a first degree misdemeanor, which means that it is just one step away from a felony. It carries up to six months in jail, up to a $1000 fine and potentially additional license suspensions tacked on to your existing suspension.
If you have been convicted of driving under suspension in the past three years, the judge could also order immobilization of your vehicle or even forfeiture.
Why Is My Ohio License is Suspended?
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has a driver’s license suspension check on its website. On the BMV website, you can type in your license information and they will tell you whether your license has been suspended and if so, what requirements you must meet to have your Ohio license reinstated. Click the link below to check your Ohio license status.
Note that in order to be convicted of driving under suspension, the BMV must have mailed you a notice of the suspension. Actual receipt of the notice is not required, but the BMV must have at the least mailed it.
Handling Driving Under Suspension Charges in Columbus
Attorney Douglas Riddell knows how to help clients navigate through the Ohio criminal justice system, and he understands the administrative nuances within the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). His comprehensive background includes representing commercial drivers and other motorists charged with driving under suspension whose licenses have been suspended for a variety of offenses, including:
- Suspension by a judge
- Insurance suspension (ranging from a 90 day to a 2 year suspension)
- Accumulating 12 Points on your driving record (carries a maximum 180 day suspension)
- Security suspension (resulting from property damages exceeding $400 and/or a personal injury claim filed by a State Crash Report)
- Random selection suspension
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OVI / DUI)
- Refusing a Breathalyzer or chemical test when pulled over for drunk driving
- Driving under suspension
The above suspensions carry anywhere from a 90-day to multi-year license suspension. However, with the assistance of a knowledgable driving under suspension attorney, there may be opportunities to appeal these license suspensions or obtain driving privileges so that you can get back on the road for work.
Obtain experienced legal help from a Columbus, Ohio driving under suspension lawyer who understands what you have at stake. Attorney Riddell knows how to protect your legal rights, whether you are faced with a license suspension for too many speeding tickets, due to a failure to have car insurance, or whether you have been charged with driving under suspension.
Riddell Law regularly defends clients facing driving under suspension charges. Additionally, we can advise clients on whether they would be eligible obtain driving privileges. Contact us now for advice regarding your driving under suspension charge.
For a free consultation to get advice on your driving under suspension charge, call Riddell Law now at 614-361-2804. Because we know questions often arise outside the normal 9:00-5:00 working hours, we are there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.Google+