If you are convicted of a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), it can really affect your life in many ways. A DUI (now known in Ohio as OVI – Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated) is very serious and can have many consequences. Some of the immediate consequences of being convicted of a DUI are jail time, having your driver’s license suspended, points on your license, heavy fines and court costs, and even impounding of your vehicle. But, it does not end there.
A DUI conviction will raise your insurance. Your insurance may double or even triple. In most states, your insurance will likely increase for three years and will need an SR-22 form. An SR-22 form is to certify to the state that you have the legally required insurance. When you get an SR-22 form, your insurance company will not categorize you as a high-risk driver. An SR-22 form requires your insurance company to notify the state if your insurance lapses or is cancelled.
In addition, a DUI conviction can show up on a background check. In most states, a DUI is both a traffic and criminal violation and cannot be expunged from your record. Therefore, your employer and future employers may be able to see that you have had a DUI.
Hiring a lawyer to fight for you in your defense is a must when charged with a DUI. A lawyer can increase your chances of winning the case or negotiating a plea deal. Many plea bargains allow you to plead guilty to a lesser offense such as Reckless Operation and have fewer penalties. If you have been charged with DUI, it is best to consult with an attorney.