Drinking and driving can lead to a lot of problems for those who are prosecuted here in Ohio. The most significant issues for those charged with operating a motorized vehicle (including boats) under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) are the penalties and the fines that individuals face.
The penalties escalate when the driver is a repeat offender, but the initial charges1 generally involve:
- A minimum of three days in jail
- A minimum fine of $375
- A minimum license suspension for one year
- Possible special license plates indicating you have been charged
- Installation of an ignition interlock system for driving privileges
What comes next?
The above penalties are straightforward and predictable, but other areas of a driver’s life will be affected as well2. These include:
- Employment: An OVI conviction goes on the driver’s criminal record, which means potential employers will be aware of the charges. If the job requires a certain amount of driving, some employers may not wish to take the risk of the potential employee getting pulled over again. Commercial drivers will lose their professional license, even if they were not working at the time.
- Insurance: Thought speeding tickets raise premiums? OVI convictions are even worse. People who are convicted of an OVI can face steep price increases when attempting to get car insurance.
- Student aid: Federal student aid will not be available if the OVI involved drugs.
Drivers have rights
It is essential for those pulled over to remember that they still have rights. While the information above sounds ominous, it is wise to seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in Delaware who can increase your chances of a positive outcome. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work with their clients to ensure that law enforcement did not overstep their boundaries and administered these highly technical tests properly. Legal representation can also ensure that the penalties fit the crimes.
At The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, we will create a strong defense that protect your civil rights. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.