In addition to the more obvious consequences of being convicted of an OVI/DUI, there are numerous ways in which such a charge can affect your life indirectly. The following are some of most common ways in which an OVI/DUI can impact your life that you may not have considered:
- Car Insurance – Many car insurance companies will drop you from their coverage and even if they don't, at the very lease you can expect a significant increase in your monthly premiums.
- Professionals – Certain professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, cosmetologists, and daycare workers, are required to hold a license in order to work in their field. These individuals may face sanctions from the licensing entity following a OVI/DUI which may include fines, probation, counseling, and, in severe cases, license suspension or revocation.
- Child Custody/Adoption – The ramifications of an OVI/DUI conviction are especially impactful when the offender is involved in a child custody dispute or is attempting to adopt a child. Both Courts and adoption agencies will look at such a conviction when determining what is best for the child, placing you at a disadvantage in such proceedings.
- Pilots – Pilots holding an FAA Airman's Certificate are required to report OVI/DUI convictions to the FAA, which could result in suspension or revocation of their license to fly.
- Travel – In 2011, Canada passed the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which may bar entry into Canada for any person convicted of an OVI/DUI.
- Commercial Drivers – Any individual holding a commercial driver's license convicted of OVI/DUI will lose their CDL for one year for the first offense and permanently on a second offense. Further, you cannot receive privileges to operate a commercial vehicle while the case is pending.
- Enhanceable Offense – In Ohio, OVI/DUI is considered an "enhanceable offense". This means that it can never be expunged from your record and, following a second offense within six years, you face enhanced penalties. Further, following an OVI/DUI conviction, you are required to submit to chemical testing, i.e. you can't refuse, for 20 years.
These are just a few of the many ways in an OVI/DUI conviction can indirectly affect your life. A knowledgeable OVI/DUI attorney will be able to recognize and successfully avoid or mitigate the impact of many of these issues. The attorneys of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder have decades of experience defending the rights of individuals accused of OVI/DUI. If you have been charged with OVI/DUI, contact the attorneys at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder today.