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Protecting against the lasting effects of an OVI

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | OVI Defense

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges related to drunk or drugged driving, putting the matter behind you as quickly as possible can be a top priority. However, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (called OVI) is a serious matter that can ripple through every aspect of your life, from social interactions to career opportunities.

As such, being assertive and protecting your rights from the start is crucial to protecting yourself now and in the future.

Every count counts

Many people facing OVI charges have no prior criminal record. In these cases, the potential legal consequences can be the most lenient, depending on blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and whether you submitted to a chemical test.

However, you must understand that having even one conviction on your record sets an unfortunate precedent. If you should wind up charged in the months or even years ahead, it will be a repeat offense. Second and subsequent OVI charges mean harsher, longer and more expensive penalties.

The wide-reaching toll of convictions

An OVI conviction doesn’t just come with legal penalties; it can carry a heavy social stigma. Friends, family and employers may view you differently. For instance, an OVI conviction can affect:

  • Job prospects: Many employers conduct background checks. An OVI on record can be a red flag, potentially costing you job offers.
  • Professional licenses: Certain professions may revoke or suspend licenses after an OVI conviction.
  • Insurance rates: Expect your car insurance premiums to increase dramatically post-conviction.
  • Personal relationships: The trust you’ve built with loved ones can be strained by an OVI conviction.

With so much on the line, you must take OVI charges seriously. This can mean getting legal representation before speaking with the police and avoiding missteps that could limit your options or add to the potential consequences.

Defend your rights and protect your future

OVI charges won’t disappear on their own, and uninformed decisions can lead to consequences that affect you long after an arrest. Getting legal help and taking steps to defend yourself from the start can be vital. Remember, you have rights and a future worth fighting for.