Due to Ohio’s implied consent law, having a driver’s license is a privilege and not a right in Ohio, and each person, if requested to do so, must submit to a chemical test to determine his or her Blood Alcohol Concentration. The police officer must have reasonable grounds to believe you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in order to request that you submit to a chemical test. Failure to submit to a requested test results in an Administrative License Suspension (ALS), an automatic suspension. Your driver’s license is immediately seized and turned over to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
HOW LONG DOES THE SUSPENSION LAST?
These automatic suspensions can range in time from 90 days to 5 years, depending on the number of previous OVI or DUI convictions and refusals. An ALS can also take effect if a person agrees to submit to a chemical test and is found to have a prohibited concentration of alcohol in his or her blood, breath, or urine.
Driving privileges may be granted at the discretion of the court for the following:
- Medical purposes
Privileges cannot take effect until the “hard time” suspension is served. Granting privileges is left to the discretion of the judge. Our firm can help you do everything possible to avoid or minimize this harsh penalty.
WORRIED ABOUT LOSING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE? CALL OUR CINCINNATI DUI / OVI LAWYERS FOR HELP!
Given that the "implied consent" laws automatically consider you willing to submit to a blood-alcohol test if you are stopped for DUI / OVI, it is best that you speak to an attorney right away to advocate for your rights. With 25 years of experience to our name, our firm will defend your decision to refuse and explain away any concerns regarding your sobriety during the traffic stop.
Protect your driving privileges by calling our office without delay.