Receiving a citation for driving while impaired (OVI, also known as DUI) in Ohio can have severe consequences that extend far beyond the initial fines and penalties. While the immediate repercussions of an OVI charge are apparent, there are hidden costs that will impact various aspects of your life. An experienced OVI attorney is crucial in mitigating these hidden costs and guiding you through the legal complexities.
- Financial Impact:
The financial burden of an OVI citation in Ohio is not limited to the fines imposed by the court. Additional costs may include court fees, probation fees, and the expense of mandatory alcohol education programs. Insurance premiums are likely to skyrocket, and you may need to invest in an ignition interlock device, which requires installation and monthly maintenance fees. An experienced attorney can work to reduce fines and explore options for minimizing financial strain.
- Employment Consequences:
An OVI conviction can have serious implications for your current job or future employment opportunities. Many employers conduct background checks, and an OVI on your record may lead to job loss or difficulty securing new employment. Professionals who rely on a clean driving record, such as commercial drivers, may face even more significant challenges, including the loss of his or her CDL.
- License Suspension and Reinstatement:
In Ohio, an OVI conviction often results in a driver’s license suspension. Losing the ability to drive can significantly hinder daily life, affecting your ability to work, attend school, and fulfill family responsibilities. An experienced attorney can explore options for license reinstatement, such as limited driving privileges or participation in rehabilitation programs.
- Impact on Personal and Professional Relationships:
The stigma associated with an OVI conviction can strain personal relationships and damage your professional reputation. Friends, family, and colleagues may view you differently, and the social consequences can be emotionally challenging. A skilled OVI attorney can help navigate the legal process with discretion and work towards minimizing the impact on your personal and professional life.
- Long-Term Consequences:
An OVI conviction can have long-term consequences, affecting your ability to travel, secure housing, or obtain professional licenses. Moreover, specific industries may have strict policies regarding employees with OVI convictions. An experienced attorney can help you understand the potential long-term consequences and develop a legal strategy to mitigate these effects.
While the immediate consequences of an OVI conviction in Ohio are evident, the hidden costs can be substantial and impact various facets of your life. Consulting with an experienced OVI attorney is crucial in navigating the legal complexities, minimizing financial burdens, and strategically addressing the hidden costs associated with an OVI charge.
At Pickrel Schaeffer and Ebeling, we know your legal rights and have the skill and knowledge to help you minimize the hidden costs of receiving an OVI citation. For answers to your questions, contact L. Michael Bly at 937-223-1130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.