Can I Drive After a DUI Conviction?

Most states tend to punish driving under the influence (DUI) offenders particularly harshly. Ohio is no different. After merely an arrest for a DUI, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) often imposes an Ohio Administrative License Suspension, which prohibits people from legally driving on public roads. This penalty can be hard on those who depend on their cars for school, work, and medical appointments.

However, people do have a way of working around the suspension. A good West Chester DUI attorney can help people convicted of a DUI get “limited driving privileges,” while the case is pending. These may be granted to 1st-time offenders or people who had a relatively low blood alcohol content (BAC).

After conviction, whether or not you can drive depends on a number of factors. If you are sentenced to serve up to 6 months in prison, you will not be able to drive during that time. Likewise, your license will be suspended for 1 to 3 years, and you won’t have any driving privileges during the first 15 days after conviction (30 days if you refused a BAC test).

If the judge gives you a lighter sentence, you may be able to drive with an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your car. You may also need to drive with restricted plates, yellow or red plates that must be on any vehicle you drive.

If you have subsequent DUI convictions, you are less likely to get a lenient sentence, which means you could lose your driving privileges altogether. Likewise, for a 2nd DUI in less than 10 years, you could get your license suspended for up to 7 years.

Talk to one of our skilled West Chester DUI attorneys at The Meadows Law Firm about your case. If you depend on driving to reach your job, defending your right to drive is paramount. We have more than 45 years of legal experience to offer your case, and we are devoted to protecting the rights of people facing DUI charges. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (513) 334-0777 or fill out our online form to schedule a free, confidential case consultation today. We look forward to speaking with you.


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