If you ride a motorcycle, chances are you have seen some close calls on the road. With spring and summer riding season finally here, you might be anxious to take your first long ride of the year. But, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers other drivers may pose. How can you be prepared?
How can the government take my license before I am convicted of a crime?
We all know that we are innocent unless and until proven guilty in this country. Yet, after an OVI accusation, it feels as though punishment is served prior to any conviction and without due process. In most Ohio OVI cases, a person's license is taken immediately upon suspicion of OVI through the "Administrative License Suspension" (ALS). Ohio imposes the ALS because Ohio is an "implied consent" state-essentially your Ohio Driver's license is a contract between you and the state of Ohio, whereby you agree to follow Ohio's rules to drive on Ohio's roads. One of those rules is that you agree to blow into the machine and not blow over in exchange for the right to drive. If you refuse to blow or blow over, then the state can take your license on the spot. While this seems directly related to your criminal OVI charge, it is a civil action by the Ohio BMV against you for violating your implied consent agreement.1
Charles M. Rittgers, pictured here with a local treasure hunter, recently resolved a case prior to trial for the maximum policy limit of one-million dollars. The metal-detector in this picture was used to find the motorcycle's headlamp that detached during the crash. The headlamp flew into a nearby soybean field and was not found by the police or accident reconstructionist experts after the crash. Retrieving the headlamp, which was a daytime running light, ended the argument the motorcycle was not plainly visible.