It is a serious reality that convicted drunk drivers will have a criminal record. A drunk driving conviction may remain on your record forever, as Ohio law to date does not permit the conviction to be taken off (expunged). Accordingly, the conviction will be there in the public eye for all to see, such as neighbors, employers, insurance companies, credit bureaus, and government agencies.
In Ohio, there are point penalties on an operator’s license that will be assessed as well. After so many points (currently 12) the driver’s license may be suspended by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for a 12 point violation, independent of the driver’s license suspension ordered by the court or the ALS suspension mandated by law.
Also, the conviction will have implications on future misconduct of the operator. The state’s practice of maintaining records of convictions may have effect if a prosecutor later has reason to allege “prior convictions” against a future drunk driving offense to increase the penalties if the operator is convicted.
If you have been arrested or cited for: