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Columbus Liquor Law Violation Resulting in Suspended License

Learn about Ohio drivers license suspension laws and how to reinstate your license. Call the Columbus BMV license reinstatement lawyers with LHA at (614) 500-3836.

If you are underage and found to be purchasing intoxicating liquor or beer, using someone else’s driver’s license to do so, or altering your own license to make a purchase, you are found to be in violation of Ohio’s liquor law. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 4510.33, your driver’s license will be suspended for one (1) year. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is usually notified of your violation by the clerk of the Liquor Control Commission.

Appeal Procedures

You can file an appeal within 20 days of the mailing date of the notice, and you would file this in the municipal or county court where you reside. If you are under the age of 18, you would file the appeal in the juvenile court. You must agree to pay the cost of proceedings and allege error by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in suspending your license or in one or more matters within the scope of the hearing.

It’s best to have an experienced Columbus defense lawyer on your side if you’re thinking of appealing a driver’s license suspension, especially if it pertains to liquor violations.

Reinstatement Requirements in Ohio

One thing to know is that your driver’s license is not automatically reinstated after the period of suspension is over. If you are found to be driving before your license is officially reinstated, you face additional suspension of your driving privileges.

To reinstate your license after a liquor law violation, you must do the following:

  • Serve the one (1) year suspension.
  • Re-take a complete driver license examination if the driver’s license was altered.
  • Pay the reinstatement fee if the suspension notice was mailed on or after 10/01/97.

Need Help Reinstating Your License? Contact Our Columbus BMV License Reinstatement Lawyers

If you are looking to appeal your license suspension, you might need one of our experienced Columbus license reinstatement attorneys to represent you at hearings and court dates to achieve a best possible outcome. To contact Luftman, Heck & Associates, call us at (614) 500-3836 or email us via

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