Car Key With a Judge's GavelIf you were arrested for an OVI/DUI in Ohio, you may have already had your driver’s license automatically suspended. Ohio police officers are allowed to seize and suspend the license of any driver who refuses a breath or chemical test, or whose breath sample shows a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. If this has happened to you, you cannot legally drive unless a judge grants you driving privileges.

How to Get Driving Privileges Reinstated After a DUI in Ohio

After an administrative license suspension (ALS), you will not be able to drive under any circumstances for at least 15 days. Once this period is over, you may become eligible for limited driving privileges. However, the court is under no obligation to grant these privileges—and without them, you will be unable to drive to work, school, or anywhere else.

At The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, we can fight to retain your driving privileges by:

  • Challenging the administrative license suspension. You only have 30 days from the date of arraignment to challenge the license suspension. If there were any defects with police procedures or paperwork, we can present them to the judge and request termination of the suspension.
  • Requesting a stay of suspension. Some courts may grant a “stay” of the administrative license suspension, allowing you to drive while your case is pending. Again, this is at the judge’s discretion, and it must be specifically requested to be granted.
  • Filing for restricted driving privileges. We can petition the court to reinstate your license on a limited basis, allowing you to go to work, attend school, go to medical appointments, and other necessary daily activities.

Our DUI license suspension attorneys have helped countless individuals who have been charged with all types of OVI/DUI offenses. We can identify potential defenses in your case, work to avoid jail time, and mitigate the long-term consequences of OVI conviction. Call The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams at (513) 929-9333 today for your free case evaluation.


Steven R. Adams
Steven R. Adams was a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to DUI, OVI, and criminal defense in Cincinnati, Ohio.