Even though a first conviction for driving with a suspended license is only punishable as an unclassified misdemeanor in Dayton, any further offense for driving with a suspended license can result in severe penalties and punishments, including a jail or prison sentence, fines, a criminal record or a permanent revocation of your license.
You may encounter criminal charges for driving with a suspended license in cases when you weren’t even aware your driver’s license was suspended. For instance, the suspension may have stemmed from an underlying criminal offense you did not know you were charged with. Therefore, it is essential to hire an expert criminal defense attorney in Dayton who can help you settle any previous criminal charges that lead to driving with suspended license charges and help you reinstate your driving privileges.
Per the Ohio Revised Code, a person charged with driving with a suspended license could be convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor, which is typically punishable by a jail sentence of up to 180 days or a fine of up to $1,000.
Furthermore, a person who is convicted of driving with a suspended license will face a mandatory class seven suspension of their driver’s license, resulting in an additional suspension of their driving rights for up to a year.
A person that has been charged with their first driving with a suspended license offense can face an immobilization of their vehicle for 30 days and impoundment of their car’s license plates for 30 days. The second offense for driving with a suspended license can result in immobilization of their car for 60 days and impoundment of their car’s license plates for 60 days. The third driving with a suspended license offense can result in criminal forfeiture of the car.
As outlined in Ohio Rev. Code § 4510.036, a person can be given points on their driving record for certain traffic violations. A person can face a temporary or permanent driver’s license suspension if they accrue too many points on their record within a specified time. Anyone that drives with a suspended license can get six points on their driving record.
Anyone who receives 12 points or more on their driving record in two years can receive a class D driver’s license suspension, resulting in a suspension of driving privileges for six months.
Once the suspension period is over, the motorist must do the following to reinstate their license:
If you’ve been accused of driving while your license was suspended, contact The VanNoy Firm today. Our knowledgeable Dayton traffic crime defense lawyers will make every effort to fight the allegations against you and have your driving privileges reinstated. Contact us today for a consultation about your criminal charges for driving with a suspended license in Dayton.
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