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Will an OVI Charge Affect My Career?


Being charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) in Ohio can be detrimental to someone's career, especially if they are young and looking to apply to higher education or new jobs. OVI charges show up on background checks for long periods of time, which could negatively impact applications for new opportunities. Pursuing career opportunities in fields that involve vulnerable populations, sensitive information, and driving will likely prove exceptionally difficult, such as:

  • Working with mentally challenged adults.
  • Working at a job that requires driving vehicles or having a commercial driver's license.
  • Working with children.
  • Working in an IT department that handles sensitive information.

What Should I Know About an OVI Charge Being on My Background Check?

When applying for a position, employers or members of a hiring team will likely run a background check on all candidates. If there is an OVI charge present on your background report, the following information will be visible to anyone interested in your candidacy:

  • Your Ohio driving record, which will reflect your OVI conviction and if your license has been revoked or suspended.
  • The court records from which you were convicted of your OVI.
  • Driving records from other states that have revoked or suspended your license because of an OVI obtained in Ohio.
  • Incarceration records from jail tail served as a result of your OVI charge(s).

Once the background check is reviewed, the prospective employer may likely view you as a poor candidate for the position and fear that offering employment could be risky.

Can an Attorney Help?

Once charged with an OVI, it's important to seek legal counsel immediately. Working with a skilled attorney can help your case tremendously and increase the likelihood of your charges being lessened or dropped. Having a lawyer you trust on your side is something you should strongly consider before moving forward. Here at The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we have a team who is committed to helping your situation no matter how big of a challenge. Let us be your guide.

Contact us today at (614) 707-4239 or visit us online to schedule your free case review.