Juvenile Driving Suspensions
JUVENILE DRIVING SUSPENSIONS ARE HARSH!
If you are the parent of a juvenile and he or she admits to a violation of law he or she may face very harsh penalties that affect their ability to drive. If a child has been adjudicated unruly, delinquent, or a juvenile traffic offender for having committed any act that, if committed by an adult, would be a drug abuse offense, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspends the child’s license until they are 18 years old. ORC Sections 2151.354 & 4510.032(C)(1). The suspension will stay in stay in place until the child turns 18 or attends and satisfactorily completes a drug abuse or alcohol abuse education, intervention, or treatment program specified by the court. A reinstatement fee must also be paid to the Ohio BMV.
If you are the parent of a juvenile you may have the best of intentions in making them face the consequences of their actions. Often, we see parents who wanted to have the child take responsibility in court. They do not hire an attorney because they fear it would send the wrong message. I cannot tell you how many times parents bring their child into my office and explicitly tell me they do not want to send the message that you can escape responsibility by hiring an attorney. These are good people who are trying to do the best for their child. Unfortunately, we also see many parents who did not hire an attorney and are faced with multiple problems due to the fact that their child can no longer drive. They fear another arrest for improper driving. Many parents resent the implication that their child has a drug problem. Parents do not like being coerced into putting their kids into drug and alcohol treatment in order to secure their license. They are frayed by having to drive or account for rides for their kids. They come to us for help.
A serious offense requires a serious attorney. I have been fighting driving under suspension charges for over sixteen years. By fighting hard in the courtroom and negotiating intelligently outside of it, we work to avoid a conviction or mitigate the worst provisions of this charge. Check me out by clicking on the “About Me” section of this blog and contact me at (937) 318-1384. I practice in Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, Vandalia, Huber Heights, Fairborn and I appear in all courts throughout the Miami Valley.
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