Columbus and Delaware, Ohio DUI / OVI Attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI offense in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC. Attorney David Johnson will discuss the details of your case, how to protect your ability to drive and fight the charges against you. Contact Johnson Legal, LLC by calling (614) 987-0192 or sending an email to schedule a consultation.
Court Suspension of License for DUI / OVI Conviction
There are two different kinds of license suspensions: Administrative License Suspension (ALS) and a Court-Ordered License Suspension. When you are arrested for DUI / OVI and you refuse to submit to a breath, blood or urine test, the license suspension that is imposed is an ALS. If you are found guilty in court of DUI / OVI, the license suspension is a court-ordered suspension.
While similar, these two types of suspensions are different. An ALS is imposed by the BMV, while a judge will impose a court-ordered suspension. Moreover, an ALS is a civil (i.e., not criminal) sanction for not complying with the implied consent law in Ohio. The court suspension is a penalty for committing an offense.
If an ALS is imposed for a test refusal and you are found not guilty of the DUI / OVI, the ALS remains in place unless you successfully appeal the ALS or have a motion to terminate the ALS granted. If an ALS is imposed and you plead guilty or are found guilty of the DUI / OVI, the ALS is terminated when the court suspension is imposed. For the court imposed suspension, you will be given credit for the time that the ALS was imposed. Finally, if an ALS is imposed for a test over the limit and you are found not guilty of the DUI / OVI “per se,” the ALS will be terminated.
Length of Court-Imposed License Suspensions
The court is granted wide latitude in determining the length of a court-imposed license suspension. There are both mandatory minimums and maximums, with the time period of a court suspension depending upon the number of prior DUI / OVI convictions the offender has.
Having the court suspend your license does not necessarily mean that you cannot drive. You can apply for limited driving privileges, but there is a required waiting period which is dependent upon the number of prior DUI / OVI convictions you have. Consult the table below for a summary.
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DUI / OVI Attorney – Columbus and Delaware, Ohio
If you have been arrested for DUI / OVI offense in the Columbus or Delaware, Ohio areas, contact Johnson Legal, LLC to discuss your case. Attorney David Johnson is an experienced DUI / OVI attorney who will speak with you about the facts of your case and vigorously defend you and your ability to drive. Don’t face the serious consequences and repercussions of a DUI / OVI charge alone. Call Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation.
Johnson Legal, LLC serves the following cities in the central Ohio area for DUI / OVI Defense:
Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Polaris, Reynoldsburg, Grandview Heights, Shawnee Hills, Bexley, Pickerington, Gahanna, Sunbury, Powell, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Dublin, Hilliard, Lewis Center, Galena, Clintonville, Huber Ridge, Blacklick, Grove City, Delaware, Marysville, Groveport, Newark, Canal Winchester, Obetz, Marion, Mt. Gilead, Pataskala, Granville, Whitehall, Franklin County, Morrow County, Licking County, Knox County, Union County, Madison County and Delaware County