Tough Economy Calls For Aggressive Defense
You're sitting in court with the attorney that you hired when you had a job. The prosecutor is wanting to convict you for the OVI that you don't believe you should have been charged with in the first place, and your attorney is telling you that there are lots of legal issues to raise with regard to the actual traffic stop and/or the admissibility of the breath test. And now, you are faced with the decision of whether you spend more money for the fight even though the economy has caused you to lose your job. What do you do?
This is the scenario for many of todays OVI defendant's. And unfortunately,
attorneys don't have crystal balls to foresee the actual outcome of
fighting the case. Is it cheaper to just take the conviction? Not necessarily!
Ohio law allows judges to grant driving privileges to those convicted of OVI for very limited purposes, such as getting to and from work. However, if you aren't working, many judges won't grant privileges at all. Some will allow driving to/from interviews during set hours/days each week.
But once you get an interview, what happens when the prospective employer finds out you have a conviction for OVI on your record. Are they going to see you as a potential "problem" employee, as someone who may have substance abuse/dependency issues. If you are on probation is that going to interfere with your work schedule? Are you in sales or some other line of work that requires driving a company vehicle or being insured by the employer? If so, most employers will hire someone else who doesn't have the OVI conviction.
Clearly, paying the mortgage and feeding the family comes first, but you must weigh all of the potential considerations and consequences of being convicted. If there are legitimate issues to raise in your OVI defense, spending those limited resources will be money well spent.