Cincinnati DUI Hardship License

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Refusing to submit or failing an OVI chemical test will result in an automatic suspension of your Ohio driver's license. If you are found to be driving while you are under OVI license suspension, you will face additional charges and mandatory jail time.

Once your license has been confiscated, you have limited time to appeal the loss of your driving privileges. Your initial hearing will occur within 5 days of your arrest. If the judge does not grant a stay of your administrative license suspension at this time, you must wait 15 days to request that limited driving privileges be restored. This is a critical point in your OVI proceedings. Skilled legal counsel, such as our experienced Cincinnati DUI defense team, can vigorously advocate for you to be granted a hardship license.

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Requesting Limited Driving Privileges

If your license has been suspended due to an OVI arrest, you may be able to request that you be allowed to have limited driving privileges restored. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) may grant a restricted, or hardship license for the purposes of driving to school, work, medical treatment, driving tests, and court-ordered treatment.

The BMV mandates specific waiting periods before you can be eligible for a hardship license. Commonly referred to as "hard time," these waiting periods are based on whether or not you have had prior OVI convictions and if you refused or failed the chemical test that led to your arrest.

The mandated waiting period before you can apply for limited driving privileges are:

  • Refusal of a chemical test
    • No priors – 30 days
    • 1 prior – 90 days
    • 2 priors – 1 year
    • 3 priors – 3 years
  • Failed chemical test
    • No priors – 15 days
    • 1 prior – 45 days
    • 2 priors – 180 days
    • 3 priors – 3 years

Assertive Legal Counsel for Tough DUI Cases

Courts in Ohio generally view hardship licenses as a favor granted to the defendant, not an automatic right. Permitting limited driving privileges is highly subjective, depending tremendously on the judge presiding over the case.

Herzner Law, LLC has been providing skilled legal advocacy in the Ohio courts system for over 15 years. We know the predispositions of our local judges and how they will likely rule in such cases. Our experienced Cincinnati DUI defense lawyer can provide the assertive and strategic legal counsel you need when requesting a hardship license.

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