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What Are The Long-Term Effects Of A DUI?

  • September 1, 2017

    The idea of getting arrested for a DUI can be terrifying. The last thing that you probably want is to have to worry about undergoing a Breathalyzer test and a field sobriety test on the side of the road. If you get arrested, you have to worry about sitting in jail until you’re able to post bond. You also have to worry about having your license temporarily suspended at the time of the arrest.

    All of these things can be quite troubling, of course, but it’s important to understand that the effects of a DUI don’t just stop when you get arrested. They don’t even stop when you go to court and pay your fines and otherwise face the consequences that the court imposes. You also have to think about the long-term effects that DUI can have on your life. Many people do not realize it, but being convicted of a DUI can be a truly life-shattering event that can affect you in many ways that you may not have ever thought about.

    Loss of Your Driver’s License

    First of all, you should know that in many states, even first-time DUI offenders lose their licenses for a year or more. If you’re like a lot of people, you probably rely on your driver’s license to help you get back and forth to work and to do everything else that you need to do. Losing your license could have devastating effects on your life.

    Higher Insurance Rates

    Once you do get your driver’s license back, you should not assume that the punishment is over. One thing that a lot of people don’t think about is the fact that a DUI can cause you to pay much higher insurance rates for years after your conviction. You might find that your insurance premiums will be double or more what you are accustomed to paying. This can make paying for insurance incredibly unaffordable and can have a huge impact on your finances for years to come.

    Additionally, not only do you have to worry about higher insurance rates, but you might find that your regular car insurance company will “drop” you because of your DUI. Finding an insurance company that will take you on as a high-risk driver can be challenging. You may end up having to look for an insurance company that specializes in providing insurance to people who have DUI’s or other serious violations on their driving records.

    Loss of Job Opportunities

    Getting convicted of a DUI can be expensive, and it can cause you to lose your job or can make it difficult for you to find another job. Some employers only look for felonies when determining whether or not someone is eligible for hire, but others take even misdemeanor DUI charges very seriously. Also, if you work in an industry that requires you to drive, you might be required to have a squeaky-clean driving record. Obviously, this will no longer be the case if you are convicted of a DUI.

    Difficulty in Finding a Rental

    When you think about getting turned down for a rental for a criminal background, you might think of this happening because of a felony. However, some landlords look at all criminal history and use this information when screening tenants. A DUI is a misdemeanor, not just a traffic citation. Since it’s related to alcohol, it could get a potential landlord the idea that you are a heavy drinker, which might not look good. This means that your DUI could literally affect your ability to find a place to live for years after your conviction.

    As you can see, a DUI can have many effects on your life, and some of these effects are long-lasting. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you work with a lawyer who will fight for you in court to help prevent you from getting convicted. By meeting with a lawyer, you can get advice about how to handle your DUI to help minimize the impact that it will have on your life.

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