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What happens after being charged with an OVI?

With Independence Day right around the corner, many people in Ohio are getting ready to join in the festivities with friends and family. Most holiday parties involve alcohol, and it's important for all those who plan on driving to and from events to understand what can happen if they are caught and charged with operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). Very Well Mind explains a few of the many consequences of OVI. 

Suspension of driver's license

Suspension of your license is likely, even if it's your first offense. The amount of time your license will be suspended typically depends. While there are often standards determining the length of a suspension, the details surrounding your case may cause the judge to increase these minimums. You can file for a hardship license, which allows you to drive to work or school, but again this is up to the discretion of the judge. Even with a hardship license, your driving privileges will be greatly limited until the suspension period is completed. 

Fines

OVIs are costly. Along with paying for legal counsel and assorted court costs, you'll also need to pay any fines you're afforded. If it's your first offense, you'll probably be afforded the minimum fine amount. If you cause damage to another person's property, cause an injury, or are traveling with a minor in the vehicle at the time of your arrest, chances are your fine will be increased. 

Jail time & probation

The more OVI offenses you rack up, the longer your jail time will be. However, even first offenders can be subject to jail time, although it's usually relegated to a few days at most. Whether or not you receive jail time, you will likely be placed on probation. You must meet the terms of probation, which might include meeting with a probation officer. If you fail to do what's required of you, it's likely you'll be put in jail. 

 

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