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Can I get limited driving privileges with a suspended license?

If you get your license suspended in Ohio, you are generally not allowed under any circumstances to drive a motor vehicle. There is a possibility that you could get limited driving privileges from the court in some situations. Generally, these limited privileges are restricted to getting to and from work. The purpose is to enable you to keep employment.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the court has discretion when granting limited driving privileges. Typically, the court can grant you a limited driving license for any reason it feels necessary. However, the law specifically allows for this privilege if you will be driving to court-ordered treatment, work or to take a license examination. In addition, you may be given the right to drive to court for hearings or other required purposes.

It is important that you understand only the court can grant your privileges. If you are found driving outside of the court specified restrictions, you still face penalties for driving under suspension.

It is also worth noting that the court cannot grant your limited driving permission if your suspension came from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You will be required to submit a petition to get limited rights under this situation.

Finally, even if the court grants your limited driving rights, there may be conditions. For example, the court may make you install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you refuse, then you would not be granted driving rights. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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