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•Do you need a serious defense?
•Would you rather keep it simple?
•Do you absolutely have to drive?

•Are OVI's impossible to win?
•21 ways to "beat" the test
•Mistakes made in OVI cases.
•Myths about OVI cases.
•After court checklist


•Is your job on the line?
Commercial driver's licenses
Are you a pilot?

Can an OVI be a death sentence?


Qualifications and experience
The real best lawyers

•State Bar Journal Article


•Attorney fee answers & "secrets"
•Is a lawyer worth the money?


OVI penalties
•Drinks & alchool levels


•Myths and misunderstandings
•DUS and no ops penalties


•22 ways to win point cases
•48 ways to lose your license



Make sure the Bureau of Motor Vehicle has your current address. If they do not have it, you may not receive suspensions notices and other important communications.
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Report to jail or treatment program on time. Many judges make failure to report a probation violation with can result in a longer jail sentence. If you report to a treatment program, make sure the program tells the court that you were there.

Renew your license if it expires during your suspension.
Renewal is different than reinstatement. If you license expires, you cannot drive even if you have valid driving privileges. This is not the $475 reinstatement fee, it is the fee you pay every four years on your birthday.

Limit your driving to what is authorized.
If you drive outside of what is allowed on your order, you could be charged with driving under suspension, arrested, and taken to jail. If you order says you can drive home from work between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. You are not allowed to drive home from work at 6:15 p.m. even if you had to work overtime unless the order authorizes this.

Make sure your probation officer has your current address. Failure to do this could result in your arrest if you do not respond to communications from your probation officer.

Pay your fine and costs on time. Failure to do so can result in arrest and license suspension. Franklin County Municipal Court:
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Make sure the information in your driving privileges order is current.
If the information on you driving privileges change you must get a new order. If your order says you can drive to work at 25 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH and you get a new job in Worthington, you cannot drive to work at the new job until and unless you get a new court order with the new address. Watch out for other changes as well such as, work hours, home address, second jobs, etc.

Pay your reinstatement fee and show proof of insurance to the BMV 20 days before the end of your suspension. Once your suspension ends, you cannot drive if you have paid your reinstatement fee. Your driving privileges are no longer valid at that point either. The fee is currently $475 and is paid to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles