Posted on: 5 June 2015
You're probably already aware of the short-term consequences of a DUI conviction: jail time, a suspended driver's license, and fines. However, most people don't stop to consider the long-term effects of a DUI conviction. Sure, you might lose your driving privileges for a while, but there's a chance you could lose a lot more than that.
If you're convicted of a DUI, there's a chance that you'll be required to spend some time behind bars. If the judge decides to waive your jail time, it's likely that you'll be placed on probation and required to report to a probation officer on a regular basis or complete a specific amount of community service hours. At the very least, you'll need to take time off of work to go to court and there's a chance that your employer won't be happy that you're missing work.
Most employers conduct a background check as part of the application process. Both a felony and a misdemeanor DUI will appear on your background check, and this could affect your chances of obtaining the job. While this is especially true for jobs that involve driving, background checks with DUI convictions can reduce your chances of obtaining any job.
Auto Insurance Rates
Drivers who have been convicted of a DUI are considered high-risk drivers, so after you're convicted, you can expect your auto insurance rates to increase. The increase could last for several years, depending on your insurance company. In addition, your insurance company could deem that you're too high of a risk, and drop the policy altogether at your next renewal time.
Felony DUI Convictions
If your DUI is considered a felony conviction, you'll lose several privileges. For example, people with felony convictions on their records may not be allowed to vote or purchase firearms.
No one wants to be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. After all, the short-term effects of a DUI aren't pleasant, but it gets even worse when you think long term. Before you get behind the wheel of your car intoxicated, consider the long-term effects that come with being convicted of a DUI and the fact that by driving under the influence you're putting yourself and others at risk. Then, call a cab.
If you are charged with a DUI, you'll want to contact an attorney. For more information, contact Hogan-Kimrey LLP Attorneys At Law or a similar firm.Share