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Ohio BMV Reinstatement Offices Expand Payment Sites

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The Good News?  The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is expanding the locations where you can pay your reinstatement fee.  The Bad News?  It is going to cost you.  Starting today, 179 Ohio BMV deputy registrar sites will accept payments on reinstatement fees.  The deputy registrar sites will also accept the documentation required for reinstatement.  According to the story in the Springfield News Sun, “[t]he bureau says that doesn’t mean reinstatement would happen immediately. It might require more time to be processed. Customers also still would need to meet other reinstatement requirements, such as appearing in court or having proof of insurance, before their driving privileges are restored.”  The fee for this convenience will be $10.00.  In the past, people could only pay a reinstatement fee in the following locations:

 

 

CINCINNATI
10948 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
(513) 742-7535 or
(513) 742-7545

CLEVELAND
12000 Snow Road, Suite N
Parma, Ohio 44130
(440) 845-2007

COLUMBUS
1583 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 752-7600

JACKSON
110 Twin Oaks Drive
Jackson, Ohio 45640
(740) 286-5683

TOLEDO
4400 Heatherdowns Blvd.
Toledo, Ohio 43614
(419) 245-3010

YOUNGSTOWN
Northeast Ohio Regional Service Center
242 Federal Plaza West
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
(330) 797-5550

If you are having an issue with your Ohio Driver’s License due to a DUI/OVI conviction, an Out-of-State DUI or traffic offense, a Driving Under Suspension charge or any of the myriad problems than can befall even the most conscientious person, please contact Dayton Traffic Attorney Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or visit  the Driving Under Suspension, Ohio BMV Issues or other appropriate portion of his blog.  A former municipal court prosecutor, Charles M. Rowland II has been helping people straighten out license issues for over 16 years.  Charles Rowland practices throughout the Miami Valley.

Out of State DUI?

By Criminal Defense Attorney Mark J. Babb

Many clients have asked us about the consequences of getting an out-of-state DUI.  The exact answer is different for every situation, but it generally relates to something called the interstate compact.  The interstate compact is a system put in place where states communicate driving infractions and other driver’s license information to each other.  Generally, states honor suspensions, forfeitures, and other traffic consequences from other states.  If you are convicted of an out of state DUI, the penalties in the state where the conviction took place are generally limited to that state.  However, if your state is a member of the interstate compact agreement, the convicting state forwards the information to your home state which may or may not choose to take punitive action.

For example if have an Ohio driver’s license and you are convicted of a DUI in West Virginia, the State of West Virginia will suspend your privilege to drive in the state of West Virginia.  Theoretically, at least, that information will be passed on to the state of Ohio who will then put a suspension on your license for receiving an out of state DUI driver’s license suspension.

The interstate compact is a notoriously flawed system and it often occurs that a state does not communicate information to the home state at all, or there is a tremendous delay in relaying the information to the home state.

The consequences of getting an out of state conviction for DUI vary from state to state.  If you have any specific questions about how the Interstate Compact Act may apply in your case, you may want to contact a DUI/DMV specialist in your state.

Out of State DUI Consequences

Question: I was visiting Ohio when I received an OVI charge; what will happen to my out-of-state license?

Ohio (and 45 other states) are members of the Driver’s License Compact, an agreement wherein member States communicate the fact of a conviction for DUI to the “Home State”. The “Home State” then takes action against the licensee under its own laws. Forty-five States are currently members of the Interstate Compact.  Michigan and Wisconsin are not part of the DLC.   Under all but a few geographical exceptions, it will be impossible for an out of State resident to avoid serious consequences in their home state.  Many out-of-state residents mistakenly assume that their license will remain valid in their home State even if they lose their right to drive in Ohio. Under the registry, (All 50 States) any State that suspends your license must input the suspension into the Registry’s computer databank. Every member State is required to check the registry’s databank whenever a person seeks to have his license renewed or applies for a new license, and are required to deny the license if there is an out of state suspension.

Due to our proximity to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, we have been dealing with out-of-state DUI issues for a long time.  We are able to obtain driving privileges and avoid problems by aggressively fighting the DUI in Ohio.  Often, a reckless operation or physical control violation will have far fewer ramifications on your “home state” license than a conviction for drunk driving.  If you face the possibility of losing your license contact Dayton DUI lawyer Charles M. Rowland immediately at (937) 318-1DUI or 1-888-ROWLAND.

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Military DUI: What Happens Now?

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The consequences of an OVI while serving active duty in the military can be devastating: dishonorable discharge, rank reduction, pay deduction, loss of security clearance, fines and jail time and mandatory military counseling sessions and potential exclusion from some sensitive operations.  Military regulations often subject its members to enhanced Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP), which go above and beyond the punishments allowed by civilian law.  We are seeing more cases where the leadership is “cracking down” on drunk driving offenses and promising to end the career of personnel who are found guilty of an OVI offense.  This limits the ability of commanding officers in protecting their soldiers from harsh consequences and places more and more emphasis on fighting your DUI case.

Defending military clients against DUI charges requires engaging in three battles; the civilian charges in criminal court, the administrative sanctions imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (as well as the issues in the state of residence of the military member, as many are not licensed in Ohio), and the military base infrastructure which may or may not include court martial proceedings.  In Ohio, local prosecutors defer to the military in decisions of jurisdiction.  This means that your case may be tried in the civilian courts, or in a court-martial proceeding.  In court-martial proceeding, the legal standard for “impaired” is easier to meet and the punishments more severe. Air Force/military DUI law also does not adhere to state blood alcohol levels, and if deemed under the influence by the hearing officers at the military trial, any blood alcohol level is sufficient for a conviction.  You can expect the case to move much more quickly than in the civilian system.  You can choose to have a private attorney represent you in this case or rely on Area Defense Counsel.  At DaytonDUI we have a full time former J.A.G. officer on staff that can help you with a range of issues related to your DUI arrest.  In addition, Charles M. Rowland II has been certified as an expert in evidential breath testing and has testified as such in court martial proceeding.  Charles M. Rowland II has tried DUI cases in the federal courts.

Located in Fairborn, we have had the privilege of representing hundreds of active duty, civilian and government contracting clients.  We focus 100% on winning your case and having the DUI removed from your record, keeping your record clean and preventing you from losing your license.  We also provide good advice on dealing with out-of-state license issues that may eventually cause problems in your home state.  Given our track record, we are able to help in cases that seem impossible and focus on saving your military career.  You will be treated fairly and meet with the utmost in forthrightness when it comes to matters of billing.  All we do is DUI defense and we do it well.

Contact us today at (937) 318-1DUI or 1-888-ROWLAND or 24/7 at 937-776-2671.  We have offices near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and can provide 24 hour consultations.  Free initial consultations are provided and you are encourage to check us out at www.DaytonDUI.com or visit the Ohio DUI/OVI Blog at www.DaytonDUI.com/blog.  We can help save your career and get your life back.

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Ohio Out-of-State DUI Issues

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Dayton DUI Defense Attorney Can Represent Your Out-of State DUI

States use two reporting systems to share information about a DUI arrest.  The Non-Resident Violator Compact (NVRC) is a group of states that share information about an out-of-state DUI arrest.  Other states belong to the Inter-State Driver’s License Compact, which operates to share information so that you have one driving record for all offenses no matter where the offense occurred.  Ohio joined the NVRC in 1985 and the Inter-State Compact in 1987.

The Interstate Compact is a multi-state agreement between participating states to share information and reciprocate. It covers Ohio license suspension actions and Ohio DUI convictions.  Depending on previous DUI offenses or refusals, licenses may be automatically suspended for a period of 90 days to five years, or permanently revoked for multiple DUI convictions. If a resident of one state or holder of an out-of-state license has his or her driving privilege suspended by Ohio BMV or gets convicted of DUI in Ohio, the driver’s home state can be notified. Your home or issuing state may honor & reciprocate – take action to suspend your resident’s driver’s license. Just because you do not have an Ohio driver’s license and even if you do not plan to ever drive again in Ohio, it is critical to know that a suspension of your driving privilege in Ohio may result in a suspension of your home state driver’s license.

No matter where you live, you obviously want to avoid, if not at least minimize, any driver’s license suspension action by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). For this reason, you may need to consider diligently retaining a Dayton DUI defense attorney. Dayton DUI defense attorney Charles M. Rowland has experience representing out-of-state offenders.  CONTACT him at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384) or visit www.DaytonDUI.com.

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