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Driving Under Suspension for Failing to Appear

Perhaps you absentmindedly forgot to appear in court, pay a fine, or pay child support. In other circumstances, a person may be in a bad financial situation that prevents him or her from paying fees or support. Whatever the situation, the State of Ohio may suspend your driving privileges for failing to appear, failing to pay fines, or for defaulting on payment of child support under Ohio Revised Code 4510.111.

The penalties may vary depending on if this is your first offense or a subsequent offense. If convicted, you face fines up to $1,000, even for a first-time offense. If your driving privileges have been suspended for defaulting on child support payments or for failing to pay fines, you might be wondering what your options are. When your driver’s license is suspended, you might be unable to get to work or school, which therefore makes it harder to get current with your payments.

This is where an experienced lawyer can be helpful to mitigate the penalties you’re facing. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we are happy to give you an honest assessment of your case and some potential outcomes in a free legal consultation.

Degree Jail/C.S.* Fines Class 7
Impound Plates
1st or 2nd
in 3 Years
0-500 hours C.S. $0-1000 No No No No
3rd in 3 Years M-4 0-30 days $0-250 No No No No

* C.S. denotes community service. If not specified, it refers to jail time.

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If you have been charged with driving under suspension, you’re probably wondering what your options are. The team at Luftman, Heck & Associates has years of experience handling these types of cases and winning optimal outcomes for our clients. Call a Columbus criminal defense lawyer today for a free consultation. To contact us, call us at or email us via

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