An OVI conviction is serious. So much so that whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, it is likely to show up on background checks. That could hurt your chances of getting into college as well as affect your employment prospects.
Fortunately, many employers do keep an open mind when it comes to some misdemeanor crimes. Still, it is critical to fight an OVI charge if possible--before it becomes a conviction.
Prevention is the best strategy
Preventing a conviction from ever showing up on your record is the ideal solution. There are many ways defense attorneys tackle an OVI case. For example, perhaps the police officer administering the chemical test was undertrained or made a critical error. Maybe the reason the police used to pull you over in the first place was flimsy or incorrect. No matter what, you deserve the best defense possible.
But what if there is already a conviction?
Of course, you may wonder about an OVI showing up on your background check because you have already been convicted. In such a case, be upfront and honest with potential employers and the like. They would prefer you tell the truth about an OVI conviction rather than be surprised with it later during a background check. Being up front also gives you the opportunity to explain what happened and how you may have changed your life afterward.
There are some companies, though, for which an OVI conviction is an automatic disqualifier. Trucking companies do not want to take that kind of risk, for example. If the job you are applying for requires you to travel often via car, that might also give an employer pause.
The bottom line is that if you can prevent a conviction from occurring in the first place, that is the best strategy. OVIs are not mere traffic violations and can hurt you as well as your future.