Administrative License Suspension (ALS)
This is an administrative suspension imposed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV or DMV). This is generally a pre-trial suspension imposed for either taking a chemical test with a BAC above the legal limit or refusing to take a chemical test.
On first offense, the ALS suspension lasts 1 year for a refusal. On a first offense test above the legal limit, the ALS suspension lasts 90-days.The suspension period begins to increase exponentially depending on prior convictions and prior refusals.
The ALS suspension is the subject of much confusion. Our attorneys will take the time to explain the suspension and driver’s license ramifications in simple, understandable detail.
Refusal of a Blood / Breath / Urine Test
No. of Refusal/ Length of Driving Restricted Ignition
Offense in 6 yrs. Suspension Privileges Plates Interlock
1st 1 years After 30 days Optional Optional
2nd 2 years After 90 days Optional Optional
3rd 3 years After 1 year Optional Optional
4th or more 5 years After 3 years Optional Optional
Failed Blood / Breath / Urine Test
No. of Offense Length of Driving Restricted Ignition
in 6 yrs. Suspension Privileges Plates Interlock
1st 90 days After 15 days Optional Optional
2nd 1 year1 After 45 days Optional Optional
3rd 2 years After 180 days Optional Required if alcohol;Optional if drugs
4th or more 3 years After 3 years Optional Required if alcohol; Optional if drugs