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If you have been charged with driving on a suspended or restricted license, whether it is your personal or commercial driver’s license, do not hesitate to ask for legal help. Our driving under suspension lawyers from Luftman, Heck & Associates are here to get you through this difficult situation. We will thoroughly review our circumstances to figure out how we can get you back behind the wheel as soon as possible.
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The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §4510.11 states it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle on public roads or property, or private property used for a public purpose, when your driver’s license has been suspended. You may only drive during a license suspension when you have been granted limited driving privileges, and still, your actions must be in accordance with those specific privileges. You can also be charged with an offense under this law if you are found to be driving in violation of any restrictions on your driver’s license.
A violation based on any of these circumstances is a first-degree misdemeanor. In addition to up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000, you face another license suspension. You will get additional points on your driver’s license and you may face a Class 7 suspension, which means you could lose your license for up to one year.
Your driver’s license can be suspended for many different reasons when you live and drive in Ohio. Some of the most common causes of suspended licenses include:
Under ORC §4510.12, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle without a valid license. The law states that no one shall operate any motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roads or property, or private property used for public purposes, unless they have a valid driver’s license.
If you are charged with this offense and the court determines you have never had a valid license, then the offense is an unclassified misdemeanor. You will not be sentenced to jail or a community residential sanction. However, you can face penalties like probation, fines up to $1,000, and up to 500 hours of community service. However, if this is your second violation of driving without a valid Ohio license and you never had a license to begin with, you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.
If you were driving on an expired license, then this is offense is a minor misdemeanor. However, if you were convicted of driving without a license or on an expired license within the previous three years, then it is a first-degree misdemeanor.
In most first violations of operating a vehicle without a valid license, you will not face a license suspension. The courts want you to obtain a valid license and drive lawfully. However, if you have been charged with a second offense and your license was more than 6 months expired, your license could be suspended for a period of time.
To learn about your legal rights and options after be ticketed for driving without a valid Ohio license, call us at Luftman, Heck & Associate right away.
If you own a vehicle and you let a friend or family member drive who should not be behind the wheel, you could be in trouble. Under §4511.203, you cannot let a person drive if you know or have reason to believe:
If you let someone drive your vehicle in violation of the law, you could be charged with an unclassified or first-degree misdemeanor. You may face jail time, probation, community service, fines, vehicle immobilization, and a driver’s license suspension. To try and avoid a conviction for this offense or to avoid a harsh punishment, call our driving under suspension lawyers for help.
If you were caught driving on a suspended license or without a valid license, do not hesitate to call and speak with our attorneys about the best way to handle the situation. We will first determine whether we can have the charges dropped or dismissed. If those options are unavailable, then we will devise the best way to address the situation that gets you back behind the wheel as soon as possible. We will fight to avoid an additional license suspension so that you may reinstate you license when your original suspension period is over.
For more information, call our driving under suspension lawyers at to schedule a consultation.