As in all states, motorists in Ohio can lose their driving privileges for a variety of reasons. And, if you get caught driving during a suspension or revocation, you'll likely face criminal charges.
Your driver's license may be suspended for certain traffic violations, criminal convictions, and civil matters. For example, you might face suspension or revocation if you:
Of course, these are just some of the reasons for license suspension and revocation. Lots of other circumstances can lead to the loss of driving privileges.
License suspension and revocation periods vary depending on the circumstances. But once your period of suspension or revocation expires, you generally need to pay a reinstatement fee (and might have to meet other conditions) before you can legally drive again.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor in Ohio. In many instances, the conviction will be, more specifically, a first-degree misdemeanor. First-degree misdemeanors carry up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Convicted motorists might also face an additional period of suspension or revocation.
If you've been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, you should get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can help you understand what you're up against and decide how best to handle your situation.