What Are The Consequences Of An OVI Conviction? How It Can Affect Your Life

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You may be facing charges for OVI and may be worried about what the consequences might be if you are convicted in your case. While most states have their own laws regarding OVI and DUI conviction punishments, they are mostly similar.  

If you are facing OVI charges in your state, or out-of-state, it's best to contact an OVI defense attorney as soon as possible to help. Here are some of the consequences of a potential conviction for OVI that could affect your life.

You Could Go To Jail Or Prison 

One of the worst consequences of being convicted of an OVI is potential prison or jail time. This will largely be dependent on whether or not it's your first offense and if you injured or killed anyone in an accident. 

If it's your first offense, it's possible you may go to jail for several months if the accident was minor. The jail time or even prison sentence comes into play when you have had several convictions or you have injured or killed someone. This could mean a potentially long prison sentence.

If you are facing jail time, talk to your OVI defense attorney to see how much time you might face and if they are able to help you get that time reduced. 

You Could Pay A Fine Or Face A Lawsuit

Another potential consequence of getting an OVI conviction is, having to pay a fine. The fine will vary by state and why you were charged, for example, you may have been driving erratically and a police officer pulled you over. They may have given you a roadside test to check for impairment and you were charged. This could be a lower fine if it's your first offense.

If, however, you caused an accident and there were injuries or property damage, you most likely will pay a much higher fine. This is also true if it's not your first conviction.

You may also face a lawsuit from anyone you might have injured in the accident. This can include the other driver, their passengers or your own, pedestrians, or even property owners whose building or car you damaged. This could result in you taking a significant hit on your finances. 

Your OVI defense attorney can help you with any potential lawsuits or fines you might face.

Your Ability To Drive Could Be Impacted

You may have your ability to drive impacted due to an OVI conviction. Your license could be suspended or even revoked. You could also have an ignition Interlock placed on your car so you will have to blow into the device before you are able to start your car. This is to check for drinking prior to driving.

This could impact your ability to work and limit your income. Contact an OVI defense attorney to learn more. 


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