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Driving Privileges: Can A Court Prevent Me From Drinking?

February 20th, 2013

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A trial court is vested with a great amount of discretion in issuing limited driving privileges under an Administrative License Suspension.  A court may require, as a condition of allowing you to have pre-trial limited driving privileges, that you abstain from the use of alcohol.  The issuing court also has the discretion to order you to put bright yellow, shame-plates on your car and can order you to wear a transdermal alcohol detection unit (commonly called the S.C.R.A.M., “Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor”).  What is more, the court will make you pay for the installation and monitoring of the device.  If the court imposes such restrictions, they will remain in effect until the conclusion of your case. R.C. 4511.198(A)(1).  Violations of the alcohol monitoring will result in a termination of the court’s driving privileges.  In practice, your OVI attorney will be able to advise you about the peculiarities of the court and the possibility of obtaining limited driving privileges with or without the restrictions.

Driving under an OVI suspension is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4510.14.  It is a separate offense from a DUI/OVI charge and carries harsh mandatory penalties.  Most of these charges originate when a person is desperate to live up to their obligations to their work and/or their family.  Often, the automatic license suspension is the worst part of the DUI experience.  It is the position of this author that taking a person’s license prior to being found guilty of an offense is an unconstitutional governmental taking, a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of assembly and a violation of Due Process in that a person is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Thus far, these arguments have not carried the day.  Here are the punishments for the various levels of the offense.

FIRST OFFENSE.  A first offense violation of R.C. 4510.14 is a first degree misdemeanor (punishable by a maximum fine of six months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine).  The offense carries a mandatory three day jail sentence and a mandatory Class 7 license suspension of up to one year.  The judge has the discretion to allow the jail time to be served by a minimum of 30 days on Electronic Home Detention (house arrest).  In addition, if the car used in the offense belongs to the offender, a 30 day immobilization of the car and impoundment of plates is required.  Some courts will not consider granting limited driving privileges following this charge because they see the offense as a direct violation of “their” order.  If a court does grant privileges it must be with the restricted yellow plates.  The judge may, but does not have to, require an ignition interlock device.  

SECOND OFFENSE. A second offense violation of R.C. 4510.14 is a first degree misdemeanor (punishable by a maximum sentence of one year  in jail and a $2,500.00 fine).  The offense carries a mandatory ten day jail sentence and a mandatory Class 7 license suspension of up to one year.  The judge has the discretion to allow the jail time to be served by a minimum of 90 days on Electronic Home Detention (house arrest).  In addition, if the car used in the offense belongs to the offender, a 60 day immobilization of the car and impoundment of plates is required.  Most courts will not consider granting limited driving privileges following this charge because they see the offense as a direct violation of “their” order.  If a court does grant privileges it must be with the restricted yellow plates.  The judge may, but does not have to, require an ignition interlock device.  Be aware, a second violation can result in a very big bond being placed and may result in your being in jail until the case can be heard.

THIRD OFFENSE. A third driving under OVI suspension is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year  in jail and a $2,500.00 fine.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail.  Unlike a first or second violation, Electronic Home Detention (house arrest) is not an option.  Forfeiture of the vehicle is required on a third offense, but the granting of driving privileges is still possible with restricted plates.

INTERESTING NOTES: Ohio has recently reformed its criminal sentencing statutes with the passage of H.B. 163.  H.B. 163 allows use of house arrest with continuous alcohol monitoring in OVI cases, but did not change the Driving Under OVI Suspension statute.  This may have been an oversight as it seems the legislature is attempting to help people keep their job following a DUI/OVI arrest.  Another interesting legal argument relates to the Class 7 (up to one year suspensions).  Since the language of the statute says “up to” does that mean that a judge could order a one day sentence? One hour?  Note that for multiple OVI offenders under suspension, the court may also impound the plates of any other vehicle owned by the offender.  Also note that a permanent loss of vehicle shall be ordered by the court, if, within five years you commit a first offense of driving a vehicle that is immobilized and plates impounded.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI”

Driving Under An OVI Suspension

December 5th, 2012

I had to get to work.  If I missed another day they were going to fire me, so I drove and got a ticket.  What is going to happen?”

 

English: AMS2000 Ignition Interlock Device man...

Driving under an OVI suspension is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4510.14.  It is a separate offense from a DUI/OVI charge and carries harsh mandatory penalties.  Most of these charges originate when a person is desperate to live up to their obligations to their work and/or their family.  Often, the automatic license suspension is the worst part of the DUI experience.  It is the position of this author that taking a person’s license prior to being found guilty of an offense is an unconstitutional governmental taking, a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of assembly and a violation of Due Process in that a person is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Thus far, these arguments have not carried the day.  Here are the punishments for the various levels of the offense.

FIRST OFFENSE.  A first offense violation of R.C. 4510.14 is a first degree misdemeanor (punishable by a maximum fine of six months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine).  The offense carries a mandatory three day jail sentence and a mandatory Class 7 license suspension of up to one year.  The judge has the discretion to allow the jail time to be served by a minimum of 30 days on Electronic Home Detention (house arrest).  In addition, if the car used in the offense belongs to the offender, a 30 day immobilization of the car and impoundment of plates is required.  Some courts will not consider granting limited driving privileges following this charge because they see the offense as a direct violation of “their” order.  If a court does grant privileges it must be with the restricted yellow plates.  The judge may, but does not have to, require an ignition interlock device.  

SECOND OFFENSE. A second offense violation of R.C. 4510.14 is a first degree misdemeanor (punishable by a maximum sentence of one year  in jail and a $2,500.00 fine).  The offense carries a mandatory ten day jail sentence and a mandatory Class 7 license suspension of up to one year.  The judge has the discretion to allow the jail time to be served by a minimum of 90 days on Electronic Home Detention (house arrest).  In addition, if the car used in the offense belongs to the offender, a 60 day immobilization of the car and impoundment of plates is required.  Most courts will not consider granting limited driving privileges following this charge because they see the offense as a direct violation of “their” order.  If a court does grant privileges it must be with the restricted yellow plates.  The judge may, but does not have to, require an ignition interlock device.  Be aware, a second violation can result in a very big bond being placed and may result in your being in jail until the case can be heard.

THIRD OFFENSE. A third driving under OVI suspension is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year  in jail and a $2,500.00 fine.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail.  Unlike a first or second violation, Electronic Home Detention (house arrest) is not an option.  Forfeiture of the vehicle is required on a third offense, but the granting of driving privileges is still possible with restricted plates.

INTERESTING NOTES: Ohio has recently reformed its criminal sentencing statutes with the passage of H.B. 163.  H.B. 163 allows use of house arrest with continuous alcohol monitoring in OVI cases, but did not change the Driving Under OVI Suspension statute.  This may have been an oversight as it seems the legislature is attempting to help people keep their job following a DUI/OVI arrest.  Another interesting legal argument relates to the Class 7 (up to one year suspensions).  Since the language of the statute says “up to” does that mean that a judge could order a one day sentence? One hour?  Note that for multiple OVI offenders under suspension, the court may also impound the plates of any other vehicle owned by the offender.  Also note that a permanent loss of vehicle shall be ordered by the court, if, within five years you commit a first offense of driving a vehicle that is immobilized and plates impounded.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI”

Driving Under Suspension in Ohio

April 27th, 2012
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Ohio’s Driving Under Suspension (DUS) law is formidable.  The statutory scheme encompasses over 20 different types of suspensions ranging from Automatic License Suspensions for DUI offenses to suspensions for failing to purchase adequate insurance coverage. Please click on the links below for specific information. If you need additional information on Ohio’s DUS law, or if you find yourself charged with Driving Under Suspension or any of the myriad offense that require contact with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, please contact Dayton traffic attorney Charles M. Rowland II at (937)318-1DUI [318-1384] today.

Types of Suspensions in Ohio

Driving Under Suspension: The Warrant Block

December 1st, 2011
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Yet another way to earn an Ohio license suspension is to have an outstanding warrant. You can find this suspension at Ohio Revised Code Section 4503.13. What is unique about this suspension is that it is not really a suspension, but a block.  A municipal court can send a report to the Ohio BMV that an arrest warrant has been issued.  Upon the bureau’s receipt of this information, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will deny the person named in the arrest warrant the right to apply for a driver license or vehicle registration.  Because of the nature of the warrant block, it lasts until it is remedied.  To reinstate following a warrant block, the BMV must be notified by the court that all outstanding arrest warrants have been satisfied. Effective September 16, 2004, House Bill 230 requires a reinstatement fee to cover BMV administrative costs.

DrivingUnder Suspension in Ohio is a First Degree Misdemeanor that carries a maximum six (6) month jail sentence and a potential $1,000.00 fine.  A serious offense requires a serious attorney.  I have been fighting driving under suspension charges for over sixteen years.  I will get  you back on the road with a valid Ohio driver’s license. I will do everything possible to protect you from additional license suspensions, excessive fines and jail time.  By fighting hard in the courtroom and negotiating intelligently outside of it, we work to avoid a conviction or mitigate the worst provisions of this charge.  Check me out by clicking on the “About Me” section of this blog and contact me at (937) 318-1384. I practice in Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, Vandalia, Huber Heights, Fairborn and I appear in all courts throughout the Miami Valley.

Changes in Child Support Laws Mean Fewer Suspensions

December 1st, 2011
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Last year over 100,000 parents had their driver’s license suspended for failure to satisfy their child support obligation.  Many advocates suggest that it is an inability to pay not an unwillingness and point to the downturn in Ohio’s economy.  On Wednesday a new law will go into effect allowing parents who pay at least 1/2 (one half) of their child support obligation to avoid a license suspension.  In addition, the law will allow cooperating parents to remove existing license suspensions from their record.

If you face a driver’s license suspension, a driving under suspension charge, or need help with your child support obligation, please contact Brown, Rowland, Babb & Campbell at (937) 318-1384.