A DUI conviction does not end with the end of your probation and drunk driving classes, it will affect many areas of your life or for at least the next 7 years or so. In this article, we will examine each area far beyond your driving privileges that will be affected by one night of drinking.
The most obvious is your driving privileges, in most cases you will lose your license for a set amount of time, this time frame will very from state to state. If you continue to get DUI convictions it will eventually lead to a permanent loss of your driving privileges.
The cost of a DUI can be phenomenal, the fines, the court costs, the price of a good attorney if you chose to hire one can be devastating to the most financially stable person. Average cost for the attorney alone will run you about $1000, this is for a simple case. Add in court costs and fines, you have a healthy sum to pay out. This may lead into you putting off other household bills and expenses, putting you in financial turmoil at home.
A DUI will add points to your driver’s license, as points are added your insurance rates will automatically go up.
In many cases, a DUI conviction will affect your employment opportunities, employers will be faced with a decision that they often times don’t like to make, many employers don’t want their employees names in the paper associated with this kind of behavior, they may suspend or give you warning that you may lose your employment if this behavior continues. Some will offer rehabilitation to the employee, where others will not tolerate the public embarrassment and will terminate employment immediately.
If you are seeking employment and have DUI conviction on your record, it will limit your opportunity. You will now be considered an insurance risk and if the job involves any type of driving activity you probably will not be considered.
If you have a commercial driver’s license, these license are immediately revoked, no matter how long you have had them, see your state law on the effects that you will be facing.
Many marriages have been dissolved because of one’s drinking problems. A DUI is often the straw that breaks the camels back so to speak. A spouse will often feel that the problem is too much to deal with and you will be on the losing end of the divorce. After all, all they need to do is pull you record and see what you are all about.
Your criminal record is now public record in many states these days it is a simple matter of pulling up a website and there it is, usually about 7 pages from beginning to end, the whole ordeal for the world to see. Your friends, neighbors, co workers, bosses or anyone else who cares to poke their nose in your business can check you out. It is simply a click away.
You work hard everyday, you have worked very hard to establish a reputation as a person with a good work ethic, you show up and get the job done, you excel in your field, you are a good family person, wonderful provider, overall good person, but a DUI can cast a dark shadow over all of this. Take a peak at public records, look at your local paper and see the convictions out there for all to see. Then go online and check out the public records. See how detailed a criminal record can get.
A DUI affects your entire life, think before you drink!