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.

Are you or someone you know facing DUI / OVI charges? 

If you are facing DUI charges, you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is one of U.S. News' Best Law Firms.  Please contact us online or call our Cincinnati office directly at 513-929-9333 to schedule your free consultation. 


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