Law enforcement officers here in Ohio and elsewhere are taught how to ask questions to elicit information from drivers that they might not ordinarily provide. During an investigation into a suspected OVI incident, drivers ought to expect these types of questions. Otherwise, they could find themselves under arrest and facing charges for drunk driving, among other things.
Motor vehicle accidents happen. Even so, most of them are ruled preventable because the at-fault driver was distracted, fatigued, impaired or otherwise failing to obey the rules of the road. When a driver is suspected of drunk driving at the time of a crash by an Ohio police officer, OVI charges could follow.
Ohio residents are aware that there are criminal repercussions for drunk driving. What they may not realize is other areas of their lives are also affected. Depending on the circumstances, an OVI conviction can affect the ability to keep or obtain a job, the ability to go to college or receive a scholarship, or even affect finding a place to live. There is also another aspect of a person's life affected by such a conviction -- auto insurance.
Even though drivers do not have to legally participate in field sobriety tests, the same cannot be said of a chemical test. Ohio's implied consent laws require that drivers consent to a chemical test at a certified medical facility to determine impairment. Refusal to participate in such a test comes with significant administrative penalties in addition to OVI charges.
Driving too fast or too slow on an Ohio roadway draws attention. So does drifting out of the lane of travel or stopping in the middle of an intersection for no apparent reason. These are driving behaviors that often arouse suspicion of OVI from other drivers and law enforcement officers.
Motor vehicle accidents most often occur due to driver error. One question that arises in many crashes is whether the mistake or series of mistakes that led to the accident warrant criminal charges. When police officers suspect something such as alcohol or drugs contributed to an accident, a driver could face charges for OVI, which is Ohio's version of driving under the influenced and stands for operating a vehicle while impaired.
Every Ohio resident's life would sustain some form of repercussions from a conviction for drunk driving. Even so, for some people who work in certain professions, those penalties are even harsher. For instance, a police officer charged with OVI, or operating a vehicle while impaired, may not even make it to court before losing his or her job or being suspended for an indefinite amount of time.
Every Ohio resident should know that field sobriety tests are optional. Individuals are not legally required to participate in them during a DUI/OVI traffic stop. The primary reason for this revolves around the fact that the results of these tests depend a great deal on the police officer's subjective perceptions.