Category Archives: Ohio BMV Issues

Dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles can be tough. We try to help you by providing information on how to protect yourself.

Vehicle Forfeiture: Where Does The Money Go?

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Have you ever wondered where the money goes following a vehicle forfeiture?

Does your police agency have some really cool sports cars, tricked out SUVs or ruggedly expensive off-road vehicles?  Chances are they got it via Ohio’s vehicle forfeiture law.  Pursuant to R.C. 4503.234(C)(1), the agency that arrested a defendant has a virtual right of first refusal on any forfeited vehicle.  All they have to do is satisfy the lienholder or the innocent non-owners interest if they have protected [Read the full post. . .]

How Will A DUI Affect My Insurance Costs?

how will a dui affect my insurance costsHow will a DUI affect my insurance costs?”  This is one of the most common questions we get at initial client conferences.  I have grown frustrated in trying to give a short answer that sufficiently covers the nuances of the situation, so – here is my long-winded multi-part answer.

How Will A DUI Affect My Insurance Costs (Part I)

Insurance company evaluators look at you as a risk. Your rates are based on a number of super-secret algorithms [Read the full post. . .]

Ohio BMV License Suspension

BMV License SuspensionThe most common reasons that a person will have a driver’s license suspension by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles include:

  • Accumulating 12 “points” for traffic violations
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Operating a Vehicle Impaired (testing over .08 or refusing to test)
  • Drug Offenses
  • Out-of-State DUI/OVI or drug related offenses

If you would like an unofficial copy of your driving record or more information on your type of license suspension or reinstatement, you can visit the BMV web site by clicking  [Read the full post. . .]

Is This The End of Drunk Driving Arrests?

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Will there still be drunk driving arrests in the future?  This is the question raised by Money Watch and CBS in the article about autonomous cars, “Will Your Car Be Driving Itself By 2020?”  According to the article,  “[i]t all sounds like science fiction: cars that drive themselves, navigate streets and avoid crashes. But last week Nissan said it would have such “autonomous cars” to sell by 2020. And General Motors chimed in that it may have a [Read the full post. . .]

Will I Be Required To Use Restricted Plates (A.K.A Party Plates)?

restricted platesWhen will you be required to use restricted plates?

If you thought that public shaming was a barbaric practice relegated to the distant past, you have not been driving through Ohio.  Ohio was the first state in the country to adopt a form of public humiliation by adopting special license plates (called restricted plates) for drunk driving offenders.  Use of the “scarlet letter” restricted plates became mandatory in 2004. O.R.C. 4507.02(F)(2) and 4503.231.  These bright yellow restricted plates [Read the full post. . .]