Drunk driving, or operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) as it is known in Ohio, is illegal just as it is elsewhere. Depending on the severity, a conviction for drunk driving can result in a variety of legal and personal consequences.
To err is human. However, not all mistakes are created equal. Mistakes you make after your OVI arrest and arraignment can make matters for you. Here are three costly mistakes you would rather avoid if you are facing OVI charges in Ohio.
Driving with a suspended license
Your driver’s license will be automatically suspended if you are arrested and charged with an OVI in Ohio. This means that you cannot drive while your driver’s license is suspended. Doing so can attract additional charges. And if you are out on bail, driving with a suspended license could also result in the revocation of your bond, meaning that you could spend the rest of your trial period in jail.
Discussing your case on social media
Social media is a great platform for interacting with your “online family.” And part of this involves sharing your wins and setbacks with the world. However, it is not unheard of for the prosecution to dig up defendants’ social media posts and use them to secure a conviction. As a general rule, it is in your best interest that you avoid discussing your OVI charge online.
If you are charged with OVI, chances are the court will set you free on bail while awaiting the outcome of your case. However, it is important to understand that bail is not an acquittal. Missing your court dates without valid reasons can hurt your case in a number of ways. Firstly, this could lead to the revocation of your bail, which means that you will be going to jail. Secondly, you will automatically forfeit your bond money.
If you are arrested and charged with OVI in Ohio, it is important that you carefully weigh your actions. Knowing your legal obligations can help you avoid costly mistakes that can potentially hurt your case.