Whether you are driving away from the stadium, having consumed one too many beers, or on your way home from a party or wedding reception, having enjoyed a little too much wine, law enforcement might stop you for OVI. In the state of Ohio, if police charge you with operating a vehicle while impaired, you face both mandatory and optional penalties.
Some people drink and drive a lot and never seem to get caught. Others are scrupulous, cutting off their wine or beer intake well before they have to leave a social event in Wheeling, yet they still get pulled over, charged and convicted anyway. The first time this happens is distressing enough, especially if you were certain you were adequately sober to drive. (And maybe you were. It is true that police testimonies and the results of blood alcohol content tests are not always reliable.)
If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer, and your blood alcohol levels are above the legal limit or you are unable to pass a sobriety or breath test, you will almost always be arrested immediately. This is an important time because how you handle the arrest will affect your criminal record. Your record has an important impact on many aspects of your life, including your chances of employment and your ability to borrow money for college.