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Did you get a wrongful entrustment charge that results in a lost Ohio drivers license? Call our LHA attorneys today at (614) 500-3836. We can help.

In Ohio, you may be charged with wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle if you allow someone who to operate a motor vehicle under any of the following circumstances:

  • The individual does not possess a valid driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, driver’s permit, or valid nonresident driving privileges
  • The individual is on a driver’s license suspension
  • The individual has no proof of financial responsibility (auto insurance)
  • The individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol

There are other instances where wrongful entrustment may be charged if the vehicle in question has been subjected to immobilization or in other instances where driving violates prohibitions or municipal ordinances. Read the Ohio Revised Code 4511.203, which outlines the statutes in detail.

If the alleged driver lives in your household and is related by blood or marriage, you (or the owner of the vehicle) may be charged with wrongful entrustment. This usually results in vehicle immobilization for 30 days if convicted on a first offense. The period for vehicle immobilization increases with repeat offenses; a second conviction may come with a 60-day immobilization while a third conviction may come with a forfeiture penalty. There are no points associated with this offense.

A charge of wrongful entrustment could lead to sizable fines, potential jail time or community service, and other penalties including vehicle immobilization, vehicle forfeiture, and/or vehicle impound plates. Since the laws around wrongful entrustment have come into consideration in Ohio’s legislature over the last few years, it’s important that you have an experienced Columbus traffic defense lawyer who knows the most recent statutes and can defend your rights as a driver and a citizen. You can view the chart of the penalties below.

Recently been charged? Please call us to speak with a Columbus criminal defense attorney for a free legal consultation today at (614) 500-3836.

Offense
Level
Degree Jail/C.S.* Fines Class 7
Suspension
Vehicle
Immobilized
Vehicle
Forfeited
Impound Plates
Req’d
1st in 3 years
RC 4511.203
(A)(1)(2) or (3)
Unclassified
Misdemeanor
0-500 hours C.S. $0-1000 Optional Optional
30 days
No Optional
30 days
RC 4511.203
(A)(4) or (5)
M-1 0-180 days $0-1000 Optional Optional
30 days
No Optional
30 days
2nd in 3 years
RC 4511.203
(A)(1)(2) or (3)
Unclassified
Misdemeanor
0-500 hours C.S. $0-1000 Optional Optional
60 days
No Optional
60 days
RC 4511.203
(A)(4) or (5)
M-1 0-180 days $0-1000 Optional Optional
60 days
No Optional
60 days
3rd+ in 3 years
RC 4511.203
(A)(1)(2) or (3)
(A)(4) or (5)
M-1 1-180 days $0-1000 Optional No Optional Optional

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

Learn how a Columbus Wrongful Entrustment Lawyer Can Help You. Contact us.

If you have been charged with wrongful entrustment, you’re probably wondering what your options are. Contact the Columbus driving under suspension lawyers at LHA today. 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 (614) 500-3836 or email us via [email protected].

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