303.99  TRAFFIC CODE MISDEMEANOR CLASSIFICATIONS AND PENALTIES; SUSPENSION OF DRIVER'S LICENSE.
   (a)   Misdemeanor Classifications.  Whoever violates any provision of this Traffic Code for which no penalty otherwise is provided in the section violated is guilty of one of the following:
      (1)   Except as otherwise provided in division (a)(2) or (3) of this section, a minor misdemeanor;
      (2)   If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, a misdemeanor of  the fourth degree;
      (3)   If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.99)
   (b)   Penalties.  Whoever is convicted of or pleads guilty to a misdemeanor, or minor misdemeanor shall be sentenced in accordance with Section 501.99.
   (c)   Suspension of Driver's License.  Except as otherwise provided in Ohio R.C. 4510.07 or in any other provision of the Revised Code, whenever an offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of any provision of this Traffic Code that is substantially equivalent to a provision of the Revised Code, and a court is permitted or required to suspend a person's driver's or commercial driver's license or permit for a violation of that provision, a court, in addition to any other penalties authorized by law, may suspend the offender's driver's or commercial driver's license or permit or nonresident operating privilege for the period of time the court determines appropriate, but the period of suspension imposed for the violation of the provision of this Traffic Code shall not exceed the period of suspension that is permitted or required to be imposed for the violation of the provision of the Revised Code to which the provision of this Traffic Code is substantially equivalent.
(ORC 4510.05)  (Ord. 2004-14.  Passed 2-17-04.)