How an OVI affects employment

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2019 | Firm News |

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated can greatly impact a person’s life. Many OVIs make local headlines, which is the case for one Franklin County judge, and this can create serious problems in someone’s personal life. 

After an OVI conviction, a person may need to perform community service or go to jail. While this is bad enough as is, it also impacts a person’s ability to do his or her job. There are many reasons to fight OVI charges, and keeping your job is one of them. 

You could lose your job

Many people have to take a lot of time off work to attend all their court dates and perform community service. Every job is different, but many employers will not want their workers to take that much time off. All this can result in the boss firing the employee. This is more likely to occur if part of an employee’s responsibilities includes driving a car. With a suspended license, you can no longer do this, and you cannot perform the duties of your job. 

You could lose a lot of money

Even if your boss does not fire you, you will still lose out on income. This often happens to hourly workers. You need to maintain a tighter budget, so you can still pay for rent, food and utilities. 

You will have a harder time getting a new job

With an OVI conviction on your record, you may have a harder time finding new work. Most employers conduct background checks on prospective new hires, and an OVI conviction certainly shows up. If you end up in the news for your OVI, then employers can do a simple Google search to find the information. Even if you ultimately did not end up with a conviction, a potential employer may still have a negative perception of you based on the fact you drove while drunk.