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I really don't know. It must've still been on the books because of what they said. I know convicted felons that got off easier than what I'm going through. This is bullshit since it happened 24 years ago. If it wasn't resolved than how did I get a license in Ohio?
With you not recalling how/when it was resolved, I'm left to speculate quite a bit. As to that....
My guess here is that either the Florida DUI was not resolved prior to obtaining the Ohio license or Florida had not yet reported the conviction and requirement of a class to the national database when you obtained the Ohio license. Either way, the net effect would be that Ohio was unaware of the issue when it gave you a license. Candidly, and unfortunately, this sort of thing happens fairly regularly.
Once Florida puts a DUI conviction on your record, it stays there for seventy-five years. Meaning, the conviction will outlive you and I both and you will need to take the DUI class. My thought would be to contact the Ohio department of motor vehicles to find out what class they require for DUI conviction. Then, with that information, contact the Florida department of motor vehicles to ensure that it meets their requirements.
While I agree with you that the passage of 24 years would seem to make this rather silly, the law looks at it differently. From the perspective of the law, a person should not be able to avoid paying fines and costs and forgo required classes simply by waiting a certain period of time. Instead, the law requires that these things eventually get completed. My apologies but the botXXXXX XXXXXne here is that you will need to satisfy the Florida requirement before getting a new license.
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75 years, I don't think they had dui's that long ago...take care. I'm getting my union atty. on this one...
To be clear, I didn't say that a DUI's were around "that long ago", I said that they stay on your record for seventy-five years. So, for example, if a person got convicted of a DUI in Florida in 2000, it wouldn't drop off of his record until 2075.
Point being, and relevant to your question, the offense doesn't somehow go away and you will need to complete the DUI class before getting a new license. On the plus side, the Florida DUI class is only twelve hours long, I would expect the Ohio class to be similar.
I took an online dui class and they didn't accept it. It was 12 hours, so now what do you have?
Florida's chapter 316 (the DUI statute) states that a convicted person must take the Florida DUI class or a "substantially similar" class in the jurisdiction in which they reside. So, as I stated in the initial answer, it is imperative that you contact the Florida department of highway safety first, before taking any class. As the class is not the Florida class (i.e., the approved class), it needs to be approved before taking it. So, you will need to:
1. Contact the Ohio department to see what course they use
2. Contact the Florida department to confirm that this is an approved course
3. Complete the course
4. Send proof of completion to the Florida department
5. Get a new license
I'll take my chances with my U.A.W. atty.
I would certainly encourage you to check with the U.A.W. attorney on this matter. However, my expectation is that there will be little he can do for you. I say this as it is my understanding that their legal plan is severely limited in terms of representation in criminal matters, which, of course, is what this is. As such, my guess is that they will be unable to provide much assistance.
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It's all taken care of. I didn't have to do a thing but talk to the right person. So you don't know what you're talking about. I'll be getting my license back this Friday after I take the test. Take care I'm finished with you people...Steven M.Vancs
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