If you are a newcomer to Ohio or even if you are a long-time resident, you might not be aware of all of the particulars of the law when it comes to driving.

Like most states, Ohio has a point system designed to identify and track potentially dangerous drivers. Each state’s system is a little different, though, so what you might find yourself facing in the Buckeye State may be a bit different from what is experienced elsewhere.

Hopefully, today’s post will provide some clarity about how you might earn points and what the negative implications are if you do.

To begin with, anyone with points on their license should know that the accumulation of those digits can lead to higher insurance costs for you. As the website DMV.org notes, a simple moving violation could earn you two points. If you are cited for speeding, the accumulation of points could be exponential.

If over the course of two years you collect 12 or more points, your license could well be suspended for six months. Then you’ll have to take more driver training and take the license test again, too.

As we noted in a recent article, one sure way to rack up unwanted points is to get arrested and convicted of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. In Ohio, this is commonly called a charge for OVI.

To see how easy it might be hit the 12-point mark, consider that if you are convicted of underage drinking and driving, you will incur four points. If you are an adult and convicted of even a first OVI offense, you should expect to see six points tagged to your license.

This is all in addition to any jail time you might incur. State law calls for a minimum term of three days of incarceration, which may be fulfilled if you participate in an approved Driver Intervention Program. Financially, insurance costs rise. Legal fines of up to $1,000 could be imposed and it costs $450 to get your license reinstated.

Any subsequent OVI conviction within six years means harsher penalties in terms of jail time, license suspensions and fines.

Clearly, this is one aspect of life in which earning points does not translate into rewards. And enlisting legal help makes sense when you might be facing charges.