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- Impact on Professionals and Students
Impact on Professional Licenses, Employment, and Education
Some of the consequences of being convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) in Ohio can last far longer than the court-ordered punishments. A person still could face repercussions of driving under the influence (DUI) long after having completed mandatory probation.
Drunk driving convictions can have serious impact on people’s current employment or even entire careers. Because Ohio prohibits OVI convictions from ever being sealed or expunged, it is critical for all alleged offenders to have experienced legal representation that gives them the best possible chance of having the criminal charges thrown out in court.
Cincinnati DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for OVI in Central Ohio, it is in your best interest to understand all of the possible consequences that could result from a possible conviction. The Joslyn Law Firm fights to achieve the most favorable outcome with the fewest possible punishments for clients in Hamilton County, Butler County, Franklin County, Clinton County, Clermont County, and Greene County.
Brian Joslyn is an award-winning Cincinnati lawyer who has extensive experience and knowledge with drunk driving arrests in Ohio. Call (513) 339-6289 to schedule a free consultation that will allow him to review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.
Overview of Effects of OVI on Careers and Education in Hamilton County
- Which professionals can lose licenses if convicted of drunk driving?
- Will a DUI arrest hurt the employment of a person without a professional license?
- How does an OVI affect prospective or current college students?
- Can I still get financial aid if I’m convicted of drunk driving?
- Where can I find more information about licensing board procedures?
Hard-working licensed professionals sometimes make poor decisions which occasionally lead to OVI charges. It is important to know how these criminal charges could affect your professional license.
Some professionals who could face having their licenses suspended or terminated after a DUI conviction include, but are not limited to:
- Pilots; and
- Law enforcement officers.
Every professional agency has different procedures and requirements, but most professionals generally have to appear before a licensing board following a DUI arrest. The agency may require the alleged offender to report any sort of arrest or criminal accusation.
Some agencies allow alleged offenders to keep their licenses after having them temporarily suspended. Other professions may not require disclosure of the criminal charge until a license renewal process.
Commercial truck drivers are certainly one group who can face significant penalties after an OVI conviction. Ohio Revised Code § 4506.15 outlines the issues commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators could face after a violation, with one of the most important being that commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) may be subject to disqualification.
A DUI conviction will appear in most basic background checks, and most often employers ask potential candidates about their criminal histories before they are hired. In some cases, drunk driving arrests could very well prevent these people from getting desired jobs.
An OVI conviction could make a person appear to be a risk or a safety hazard to the company. For example, if a person applies for a job as a forklift operator, a history of drunk or drugged driving could give the impression the applicant is not responsible enough for such a dangerous and intricate job.
Employers also could see a DUI conviction as an indication the person would not be responsible. An employer could interpret a person's history of drinking and driving as not having a strong work ethic or a dedication to his or her employment.
An OVI conviction can seriously impact a person's educational opportunities. Many higher education institutes require applicants to disclose any criminal history, including DUI convictions.
One conviction likely would not mean a college would deny a student. However, a history of drunk driving or other offenses could lead a university to deny admission.
If a student fails to disclose a conviction, there could be greater consequences. For instance, if a person does not disclose his or her DUI conviction on an application and it is discovered, he or she could be denied admission for falsely providing information.
If a person is convicted of OVI while already enrolled in a university, some schools may require it be reported to the administration. Failing to report the arrest or conviction could lead to a suspension.
One of the hardest parts of attending college is figuring out how to pay for it, and a DUI conviction also could make that a more trying process. Scholarships and financial aid programs are incredibly competitive, and the awarding organizations often have strict guidelines to follow when selecting applicants.
Any blemish on a record could hinder a person's chances of receiving aid. Several financial aid programs will not award funds to students who have criminal records, including DUI offenses. Others would be more concerned with felony offenses.
Educator Conduct FAQs | Ohio Department of Education (ODE) — Over 100,000 people are employed as teachers in public schools in Ohio. This section of the ODE website provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning alleged misconduct such as drunk driving. Ohio Revised Code § 3319.31 grants the State Board of Education authority to deny an educator’s application for a teaching license or to suspend, limit, or revoke an educator’s existing teaching license.
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street
Cincinnati, OH 43215
Disciplinary Guidelines | Ohio State Medical Board — The State Medical Board regulates more than 67,000 licensees, including doctors of medicine (MDs), physician assistants (PAs), massage therapists (MTs), cosmetic therapists (CTs), anesthesiologist assistants (AAs), and more. Criminal acts or convictions are covered under Category VIII of these disciplinary guidelines. You can read more about the minimum and maximum penalties for each type of scenario.
State Medical Board of Ohio
30 East Broad Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 43215
Find an OVI Defense Lawyer for Professionals and Students in Cincinnati, Ohio
Are you a current or aspiring college student or licensed professional who was recently arrested for alleged drunk driving in Central Ohio? Do not wait any longer to seek the help of experienced legal counsel protecting your professional or academic career.
Cincinnati DUI attorney Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients all over Hamilton County, including Norwood, Lebanon, Hamilton, Middletown, and many others. He will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (513) 339-6289 or complete an online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.