Driving Privileges After A DUI Arrest
Don’t Give Up Your Right To Drive
When you’re convicted of OVI/DUI in Dayton, the judge decides how long your license is suspended in what is called Judicial Suspension. What you may not know is that there’s a secondary suspension process that happens entirely outside the scope of your court case, the Administrative License Suspension (ALS). The ALS happens upon arrest for DUI/OVI, which means that from the time you’re booked – regardless of what happens next – you don’t have the right to drive until you’ve been convicted or you’ve resolved the Administrative Suspension.
The ALS is issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and adds another layer of complexity to your DUI/OVI process. At Patituce & Associates, we know this process well and have lots of experience representing our clients at BMV hearings.
Why should you care about the ALS? Aside from the immediate license suspension at the time of arrest, it’s especially significant for drivers who refuse chemical testing. On first refusal, the BMV suspends a driver’s license for a period of one year (in contrast, failing chemical testing results in a 90 day suspension). If you’re ultimately convicted of OVI, the Judicial Suspension will take the place of the ALS. But what happens if your charges are dropped or you’re acquitted?
Amazingly, if the court finds you not guilty of OVI in Dayton, your ALS stands – and if you refused sobriety testing, that means a mandatory one year suspension of your driver’s license, even though a court has cleared you of wrongdoing.
Don’t Let This Happen To You
To avoid this kind of bureaucratic mess – and to get driving privileges reinstated as soon as possible – it’s vital to have a good DUI lawyer working on your case. Ohio takes drunk driving very seriously, and has enacted not only harsh penalties, but a confusing series of procedures for them as well. The attorneys at Patituce & Associates know this system inside and out, and we’re your best advocates in courtrooms as well as BMV hearing rooms.
More importantly, when you’re represented right away by a good DUI attorney, we make sure you don’t miss important deadlines – like the small window you have to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles that you’ll be appealing its Administrative License Suspension.
Our firm has had great success getting administrative and judicial suspensions revoked or stayed to ensure that our clients retain the ability to get to work, school, doctor’s appointments, and other necessary activities. The most important thing we do at Patituce & Associates is safeguard our clients’ access to their ordinary routine – family, career, and home.
If you’ve been arrested for DUI/OVI in Dayton, don’t wait to find representation. The law firm of Patituce & Associates has the experience you can trust to get you back to your life in a hurry. Call 937-660-5141 today for a free, no obligation consultation with the former prosecutors at Patituce & Associates.