Driver’s License Suspension: How Many Points is Too Many?

In Ohio, the maximum number of points accumulated before a driver’s license suspension is eleven within a two-year time period. Upon receiving the twelfth or higher point, the state suspends the driver’s license for six months.

How Do You Accrue Points On Your License?

Points will be accrued for any of the following violations: OVIs, street racing, driving with a suspended license, speeding (double the points for 30mph or more above the limit), reckless operation, and other moving violations.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) sends out a warning letter when six points are accumulated on a driving record within a two-year period. The BMV mails the letter to the address on file for the driver. The warning letter lists the violations along with the number of points for each. For reference, the letter includes reinstatement requirements for a 12-point suspension, which include serving the six month suspension, completion of a remedial driving course, paying a reinstatement fee, filing a certificate of insurance (also known as a SR-22), and retaking the complete Ohio driver’s license exam.

To avoid accumulating points, charges for an OVI  must get dismissed, reduced, or amended to an offense that is not an OVI. For example, if the charge is reduced to a Reckless Operation, only two or four points are assessed. If the charge is further reduced or amended to Physical Control, no points are assessed. Prosecuting attorneys have the authority to amend and reduce charges. In most cases, however, the default position of the prosecutor is to not amend or reduce the OVI charge unless they are convinced. Typically, the way to work with a prosecutor in order to amend or reduce charges, is to illustrate that there is a reasonable chance that the accused will be found not guilty of the OVI if there is a trial. To do this, you must contest the OVI. An attorney who has experience with the OVI court process and investigations, as well as expertise regarding the evidence, such as the breath test, blood test, urine test, and field sobriety tests.

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