Facing DUI charges is a serious yet common situation. You might not realize your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit, or you might find yourself without a designated driver. Any number of problems can precede OVI charges and jeopardize your life, your future and your freedom. It is essential to be aware of the consequences that can result from entering a guilty plea in court.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 2.2 percent of adults in Ohio admit to driving after drinking too much--and this is compared to the national average of 1.9 percent. If you have driven after drinking and got caught doing so, consider these reason why you should fight the charges:
Loss of license
In Ohio, license suspension is a common consequence for OVI defendants who are found guilty. You might be without a valid license for as little as six months or as long as five years, depending on whether it is your first offense. Regardless of whether you have an OVI on record, you do not want to lose your driving privileges, so you should consider not pleading guilty.
Many people also overlook the fact that a DUI conviction will show up on their criminal record--and this could be permanent. Potential employers and landlords are just a few of the people who might look at your criminal record, and they will not be pleased to find you have a conviction--even if it is just making one mistake.
Jail time and fines
Do not underestimate the jail time and fines you could face after pleading guilty to a DUI. Many people are shocked at how expensive a conviction is--and to further exacerbate the problem, you will likely be unable to work while you are in jail. To combat the charges and protect your future, you should consider consulting with a legal representative.