Enhancements to the Ohio OMVI Habitual Offender Registry Ensure Greater Completeness and Accuracy
The long-term consequences of a drunk driving conviction make legal support more crucial than ever
In the interest of increased public safety, the state of Ohio took a bold step to discourage impaired driving. In September 2008 it instituted a registry of drivers with repeat offenses that lists full names, addresses and even birthdays of the offenders.
The original Ohio Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired (OMVI) registry website had informational gaps because it used paper submissions from local courts as the source for its data. However, on December 27, 2013, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced enhancement in the form of an automated process. Use of electronic records is making the website information more current and complete. This means that even more people may face the life-altering effects of a public listing, such as the following:
- Challenges in securing employment, particularly for jobs involving operating a motor vehicle or transporting children
- Possible financial difficulties caused by a lack of employment
- A social stigma imposed by friends and neighbors
It is important to understand that drunk driving charges are not typical traffic violations. In addition to carrying serious penalties, even a first conviction brings violators one step closer to a listing in a registry that can last for 20 years or longer.
DUI and DWI charges are backed by complex laws that require effective strategizing by a skilled Ohio drunk driving defense attorney who knows how to mount an aggressive defense and prevent conviction. With blood alcohol content evidence in the hands of police at the time of arrest, you may believe the cards are stacked against you before your case goes to trial. But a lawyer with extensive experience has an arsenal of tools available to refute this type of evidence.