Going beyond incarceration, fines, restitution and loss of driver’s license, an OVI conviction brings other penalties – ones with hidden and unexpected costs. You will pay thousands of dollars stemming from an OVI conviction. Many of those costs arrive after the criminal conviction.
Your reputation takes a hit, and you may even lose your job. You understand that an OVI conviction leads to tumbles in your personal and professional lives, but also may lead to your pocketbook receiving a big hit that takes years from which to recover.
Higher insurance rates and loss of vehicle
Here are a few personal, professional and financial prices you may have to pay after an OVI conviction:
- Tarnished personal and professional reputations: You may find yourself as a pariah. Friends may avoid you. Family members judge you. Your standing in the community has taken a precipitous fall. In addition, your employer may fire you, and prospective employers could remove you from consideration.
- Income loss: Missing work will happen due to time spent in courtroom hearings and meeting with your legal team. The result: lost wages. If a judge sentences you to jail, expect to miss work, too, unless the state offers a jail work release program.
- Skyrocketing auto insurance rates: With an OVI conviction, you will find yourself considered a major risk by any insurance provider. Your rates may double.
- Installation of an ignition interlock device: If the court allows you to drive because you need your car for work, you will have to get this mechanism placed in your vehicle. This device measures alcohol in your system. If it detects any hint, the device prevents your vehicle from starting.
- Forfeiture of your vehicle: In certain cases, your vehicle now becomes the property of the government. With the loss of your vehicle, you may have to rely on friends or public transportation to get to work.
- Rehabilitation program: Perhaps the court or you employer ordered you to enroll in a program to address your issues with chemical dependency. This may include regular in-person sessions and online classes.
The costs just pile on, so you must understand the ongoing financial and personal challenges related to an OVI conviction.
Minimizing the effects
You may avoid some of these hidden and unexpected costs by having the charges reduced or dismissed. For that to happen, you must work with a skilled legal team that understands how to negotiate. An OVI conviction promises to linger. You want to minimize that as best as you can.