If you find out you have a driver’s license suspension, it can be a real blow. It can be tough to do anything, from going to the grocery store to making it to work, if you cannot drive, and driving under suspension is a huge mistake since the penalties can be stiff.
According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, there are quite a few reasons why you may face a suspended license. Many times, the reason for the loss of your license is due to a court order, but there are other reasons not related to driving or court actions that could leave you without a valid driver’s license.
A judge can rule to suspend your license due to an accident where you owe damages to another person or if damages in an accident are over $400. A judge can also use this as a punishment in any traffic violation case. Commonly, the court will suspend your license for alcohol and drug-related offenses or if you fail to show up for a court date or pay a court fine.
If you get too many points on your driving record for traffic violations, it can affect the validity of your license. Ohio’s rule is to suspend a license when you reach 12 points. You could also face this punishment if you did not provide proof of insurance when the BMV requests during a random check or when an officer pulls you over for any reason.
You may face a license suspension if you violate a current suspension order or have an order in another state that removes your driving rights. The court may also take your license privileges if you have a warrant for your arrest.
The child support enforcement agency may take your license if you fail to pay child support. You could also lose your driving privileges due to a medical condition that makes you unable to safely operate a vehicle.