Lifetime driving ban against convicted teen appealed

Legal News for Ohio Government Attorneys. A juvenile court hearing that barred teen from applying for driver’s license was thrown out.

Ohio government lawyer alerts- Driving ban against teen driver convicted of vehicular homicide dropped.

Hamilton, OH—A juvenile court hearing, which came after a teen was involved in a fatal collision while intoxicated, sentenced the 16-year-old to a years’ detention in state juvenile prison and barred him from applying for a driver’s license until 2099. However, it has recently been reported that state law, which enables the suspension of an adult’s license for a lifetime, does not apply to minors. The decision to appeal the initial conviction was announced on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, according to information provided by Cincinnati.com.

The fatal motor vehicle accident reportedly occurred at approximately 4 a.m. November 24, 2008, resulting in the death of a Hamilton man, identified as 25-year-old Louis Senger Jr. The teen driver, whose name was undisclosed by authorities, was allegedly 15-years-old and lacked a driver’s license at the time of the wreck. The inebriated teen driver reportedly suffered severe, life-threatening injuries in the wreck, but managed to survive.

When the teen driver turned 16-years-old in February 2009, he allegedly admitted to accusations of “aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while impaired”. Judge Ronald Craft prohibited the teen from applying for a driver’s license for 90 years in an attempt to avoid a future offense although appeals judges reported, “We refuse to permit such an extension, absent clear legal authority to do so”, in regards to applying such punishment against the minor.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Ohio Government Lawyers.

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